protection from unrestricted development
Following the passage of House Bill 22 on June 9, 1947, (authorizing townships to adopt zoning resolutions) the Chester Township Board of Trustees appointed the first Zoning Commission in October of 1947. The first Zoning Resolution took a year to write and was approved by the citizens of Chester Township in the November, 1948 general election. It took effect in December of 1948. From that day to this, the zoning department of Chester has sought to protect the township from unrestricted development and use.