HELP US RAISE COMMUNICATIONS AND LEGAL FUNDS FOR THE PRESERVATION OF CREBILLY FARM.
Westtown Supervisors Meeting Wednesday, Feb. 22nd
This Wednesday night at Stetson Middle School at 6pm, the Westtown Township Supervisors will hold their first meeting for Toll Brother's proposal to pave over Crebilly Farm. There was some confusion last week about whether this meeting was cancelled because of a township email notifying residents of a cancelled planning commission meeting on the same night. The supervisors meeting is ON for Wednesday. If you would like to be a party to these proceedings, you MUST attend this first meeting Wednesday night. To help those seeking party status, Neighbors for Crebilly will be holding "Party Status Help Desks" tonight and Tuesday night at Wegmans in Concord Township beginning at 6PM. Send us a note through our website if you plan to attend.
For the past three months, the Westtown planners have heard many hours of presentations by experts and community members about the harm Toll's plan would visit on the hallowed ground of Crebilly Farm, our environment, our history, our wallets, and our quality of life. The planning commission heard these concerns loud and clear and voted to attach 50 substantial conditions to Toll's proposal. See here to read more about those conditions.
But planning commission is an advisory body. It is now up to the township supervisors to protect us from Toll's colony. Wednesday's meeting will be the first of at least three the supervisors will hold to determine whether to approve, deny, or approve with conditions Toll's conditional use application. While the supervisors must adhere to PA's municipal planning code, they are also bound by their oath of office to uphold the Pennsylvania Constitution of which the Environmental Rights Amendment is a part. Their oath and the amendment mandate that the supervisors protect their constituents' environment.
Due to time constraints, the economic costs of Toll's Colony did not get much airtime during the planning meetings. These costs would be manifested in the form of a degraded environment and as lowered property values, higher school and township taxes, wasted time and energy waiting in even more traffic, as well as lost economic activity caused by that increased traffic congestion.
There are several authoritative studies to cite as support, two of which we'll mention here. The American Farmland Trust commissioned a study which concluded that each new dollar of revenue raised by a new residential development actually costs between $1.03 and $2 depending on location and other factors. This is why more densely populated townships and counties pay higher taxes. The Trust for Public Land and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (with the Keystone Conservation Trust) have both separately concluded that protected open space boosts home values and contributes to the economy in a variety of ways. See here and here.
As we've said before, Toll would have you not believe your own eyes or any other convincing evidence that their proposal is not in your interest. In the end, protecting our local environment and quality of life falls to all of us. It can't protect itself.
Upcoming Meetings and Events:
Wednesday, February 22nd First Supervisors meeting: Stetson 6 PM
Thursday, February 23rd Happy Hour Fundraiser: The Gables Restaurant 5:30 PM
Tonight, Feb. 20 6-8 pm @ Wegman's Cafeteria - Party Status Help Desk
Tomorrow, Feb. 21, 6-8 pm @ Wegman's Cafeteria - Party Status Help Desk
We can save Crebilly Farm, but we need your help! Can you attend these upcoming meetings? Also, show your support for the cause by putting our lawn sign on your property. Details below the picture.
To get a sign, please contact Ginger and Sandy Gray at 610.430.1698 and/or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org Signs can be picked up at their house at 706 Jacqueline Drive, West Chester, PA 19382 We're asking for a $10 contribution to cover our printing costs.
What Toll Doesn't Want You to Know
At the past few planning meetings, Toll has gone to great lengths to convince you not to believe your own eyes. That’s because they don’t just want to build a development: they want to build a virtual colony. Since they can’t hide the enormous size of their proposed development, they want to try to hide its environmental harm and their proposed desecration of hallowed ground. But the Westtown Township Supervisors have a legal responsibility per our state Constitution to protect their constituents' environment. They also have a secret weapon that's frequently been used to protect essential historical sites as well as critically important open space.