The Planning Commission maintains a Public Kiosk in their lobby that enables users to create aerial photography plots using digital orthophotography. The Kiosk enables users to choose from the available aerial imagery (1937, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1993, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2014 and 2015) and to select an aerial for any location within the County. The imagery from 1937 through 2000 is black & white while the imagery from 2005 through 2015 is in full color. The aerials created from the digital orthophotography process (since 1990) are locationally accurate to within five (5) feet at all points on the photo.
Definition: Digital imagery in which distortion from the camera angle and topography have been removed, thus equalizing the distances represented on the image. Orthophotos are processed images depicting terrain features in their true plain positions. The process removes distortions introduced during the capture of an image through the cameras lens. Geometric distortions and relief displacements are optically removed by an orthoprojection instrument connected to a stereoplotter. This rectification process produces a "corrected" image that meets pre-defined positional accuracy requirements.
There are two ways to order aerial photo prints:
- At the CCPC office: The Kiosk Aerial Photo Ordering Program, located in the CCPC office, is designed for use by the public to create aerial photos. This program provides new features that were not available when purchasing aerial photos in the past.
- Over the phone: Using this ordering method, you are limited to ordering in the aerial grid format shown on the Index Map. This is the same grid that has been used in previous years when purchasing aerial photos. The digital photos will still have scale accuracy throughout the photo area, but the scale is fixed at 1 inch = 400 feet. Once you have determined which grid(s) you want, you can call the CCPC office (610-344-6285) and identify the grid number(s), i.e. WC4. You will then be advised when your order is available to be picked up.
Pricing for Aerial Photos
Prints are $5 for 11x17 and $15 for 30x36. Acceptable forms of payment are:
- Checks made payable to the "County of Chester"
- Cash (Bills over $20 not accepted)
If you would like the print(s) mailed to you, you must first send a check for the amount of the print(s) plus the cost of shipping. Shipping cost vary by order. We will provide a shipping cost at the time of your order.