Brian O’Leary joins Chester County Planning Commission as executive director

Brian O'Leary   Chester County Commissioners

The Chester County Planning Commission recently named Brian O’Leary, a public planning professional, as its new executive director effective on Oct. 5.

O'Leary has almost 30 years of public planning experience. Most recently, he was a section chief for the Montgomery County Planning Commission.

He also serves as president of the board of directors for the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association, and is a government representative board member for the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance.

“We are pleased to appoint someone who has such an extensive background in public planning in Pennsylvania municipal government, as well as someone who is so highly respected within his professional community,” Chester County Commissioners’ Chair Terence Farrell said.

O’Leary was the driving force behind Montgomery County’s new comprehensive plan, "Montco 2040, A Shared Vision.' His projects, including studies of transitions in residential neighborhoods, workforce housing and mixed-use developments, have won recognition on both a state and national level.

Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone noted that O’Leary’s experience will be invaluable as the county approaches its own comprehensive plan.

“We appreciate the expertise that Brian has gained in overseeing Montgomery County’s farmland preservation program – knowledge that is critical as we continue to support open space and farmland preservation in Chester County,” Commissioner Michelle Kichline said. 

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