William H. Bates Awards Program

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2020 Nominations for Excellence in Site Planning
and Development Practices

For 39 years the Delaware County Planning Commission (DCPC) has recognized the best in planning, site design, and land development in the County through its Awards Program.   The Bates Awards Program seeks to promote awareness of outstanding design and innovative planning that has taken place in our communities by recognizing land developments. More recently, the Program has acknowledged citizens and organizations that have made significant contributions to planning.


In 1980 the Delaware County Planning Commission established an awards program with the stated goal “to encourage developers and municipalities to cooperate in providing a more efficient use of land and public services for County residents.”

In 1982, the Commission renamed the Awards Program in honor of William H. Bates, the late Chairman of the Planning Commission and whose seventeen (17) years of service on the Commission merited special recognition. Bill Bates served on the Planning Commission during an important time of growth that saw significant residential and commercial development in every corner of the County.

Mr. Bates was a long-time resident of Edgmont Township and lived at the Arasapha Farm for more than 30 years.  Today, his home remains an 80-acre working farm and attraction that has remained in the Bates family since 1952. 

2020 Call for Nominations

The Delaware County Planning Commission is accepting nominations for projects in Delaware County that show excellent site planning and development practices as well innovative use of land resources.


2020 Award Calendar

Call for Nominations Issued:       January 27
Deadline Submission:                 February 28
Site Visits:                                      Week of March 9
DCPC Vote:                                   March 19
Award Presented:                       April, DCTMA Municipalities Conference



Questions about the Bates Awards Program? Contact the Planning Department at 610-891-5200 or Planning_Department@co.delaware.pa.us.


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