Join Neighbors for Crebilly this Thursday night at Stetson Middle School for a discussion of how we plan to go forward and how to obtain party status for the supervisors' meetings.
Planners attach 50 conditions to Toll proposal
At Monday's final Planning Commission meeting at East HS, the Planning Commission made it clear that Toll has not fulfilled its responsibility to mitigate the negative impacts of their development on the community. Consequently, the planners attached 50 individual conditions/recommendations to Toll's application to develop Crebilly Farm.
At the outset of the meeting, one planner stated that Toll had not met their burden of proof that their plan sufficiently mitigated traffic impacts, among other things. He noted that there was a large gulf between what Toll's proposed road modifications offered the township and what was actually needed based on the additional traffic loads their development would place on the township.
Another planner wanted to send a strong message to the supervisors by voting to not recommend the plans. But while other planners didn't disagree, it was argued that sending up a "No" recommendation to the Board of Supervisors was a risky proposition in that the supervisors would not be guided by any of the 50 conditions the planners attached. In other words, a NO would be a two letter recommendation, but a YES with 50 conditions attached would be much more impactful.
Some of the conditions were small and others were much more substantial. One of the smaller conditions was to remove the metal siding on one of the historic buildings. Another was to eliminate access to and from 202. Among the more substantial conditions was the recommendation to relocate the Westtown Tavern further away from Route 202 and then add a right turn lane to Route 202. In addition to recommending that a much larger contiguous area of open space be provided on the western half of the property where the opening skirmishes of the Battle of the Brandywine began, the planners also rejected Toll's proposed onsite sewage "drip irrigation" by recommending they connect to the township sewer system but also restricting the maximum number of dwellings to 319. Historic structure preservation also figured prominently in the planners' conditions which included the provision that four buildings be left intact.
The planners also recommended that multiple new left and right turning lanes be added to 926, 202, New Street, and West Pleasant Grove Road and that a signal be added to 926 at the intersection with the "connector road" through the Toll Colony. In addition to the installation of trails and active recreation areas, the planners attached the very important condition that an archeological survey be conducted at Crebilly Farm and that ground penetrating radar be used throughout that process.
The Daily Local News has more about last night's meeting here. The complete list of Planning Commission conditions are here.
Now the ball is in the supervisors' court. Their first meeting is February 22nd at Stetson Middle School at 6pm. See you there!
Upcoming Meetings and Events:
February 16th Neighbors for Crebilly public meeting: Stetson 6:30 PM
February 22nd First Supervisors meeting: Stetson 6 PM
February 23rd Happy Hour Fundraiser: Gables in Chadds Ford 5:30 PM
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.