Exton Crossroads

Forecast: Continued Growth

Over time, population and job growth in Chester County and in West Whiteland Township is expected to continue.  The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission forecasts that West Whiteland will add approximately 4,200 people and 6,300 jobs by 2045, growing at a slightly slower rate than Chester County overall.  

     2015 2045 Difference % Change
 Population West Whiteland 18,450 22,698 4,248 23%
                        Chester County 515,900 662,300 146,400 28%
 Employment West Whiteland 23,476 29,735 6,259 27%
                        Chester County 309,605 397,405 87,800 28%

Source: DVRPC Forecasts

How will we take advantage of this growth?

By planning ahead, West Whiteland is directing this growth to commercial corridors, not residential neighborhoods, particularly around the Exton Crossroads of Lincoln Highway and Pottstown Pike, with the long-term goal of making it a more vibrant and walkable area.

At the June 13th Board of Supervisors meeting, the Planning Department presented the Township’s strategy for development-- "Development by Design: Managing Development With Land Use and Transportation Planning".

What have we done lately?

  • Modernized zoning district regulations - In 2015, regulations for zoning districts around the Crossroads were updated to allow for a greater mix of uses and to encourage a wider variety of transportation options around the Exton Crossroads. 
  • Approved a transportation impact fee to support planned improvements to the road network
  • Secured funding to build a path in 2018-19 connecting the Chester Valley Trail to Exton train station
  • Commissioned a feasibility study to recommend improvements on Pottstown Pike by Exton train station to reduce congestion
At the same time, while a few properties remain for small in-fill subdivisions in the areas beyond the Crossroads, existing residential neighborhoods will remain stable and family-friendly. They continue to be zoned for low-density residential use and include our largest areas of permanent open space.