I actually have photos of 99 Church Road but don’t have time to dig through them (but I will later). This property (photo above off Google or Bing) is up for discussion tonight in East Whiteland:
Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan – 99 Church Road – APG – Proposed construction of 43 new single family residential units and the restoration of one existing historic home on the east and west side of Church Road. The property is zoned R-1 Residential and is approximately 41.5 acres and a motion to adopt Resolution No. 23-2016 granting approval of the Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan.
Come on, East Whiteland. I know you can’t stop every development, but 43 new “residential units” on 41.5 acres? Lord above people, can’t you find any developers who will develop large lots to conserve some open space?
Oh and the house on it is apparently a “Class 1, historic property which dates to pre-Revolutionary time” (See 5/14/2015 East Whiteland Supervisors’ Minutes)
So it is being marketed with information on the local schools , so the potential is to add 43 new households with kids here, right? Add that to all the OTHER development in various stages of planning in East Whiteland and elsewhere in the Great Valley School district and is someone going to say with a straight face that these developmnents will NOT impact the schools, will NOT impact our infrastructure, and will NOT affect things like police and first responder coverage?
Marketed as a “development opportunity” by these folks as per broker cloud:
These folks captioned above are locals? And apparently a couple of these folks above are part of the family that owns the National Bank of Malvern? That is what an article in The Hunt Magazine said circa 2009. Heavy sigh. These folks are legendary in equestrian circles, so one would think they would be able to market this property to other than a developer who wants to build quite so many homes on this parcel?
Some will say it’s “only” 41.5 acres. Well if you can do basic math, all the acres add up. Who knew when I wrote my development post earlier, I would be following it up with yet another East Whiteland Development project.
It’s too late to fight city hall on this one unless there are bog turtles or Revolutionary War Soldiers buried there, or something similar, but Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ East Whiteland hit the pause button somewhere, anywhere.
And speaking of the Revolutionary War, how does anyone know this potential development site is clean of artifacts given it’s proximity to other places?
Every time you turn around somewhere in Chester County is yet another GD development being proposed. And once again you have one where the “promise” to restore the historic asset. Umm East Whiteland, we are still waiting for the developer who “promised” to restore Linden Hall to make good on said promise. And we all know that if push comes to shove they can’t make these developers do anything, correct? So telling them they have to do something basically doesn’t mean squat, does it?
So we are seeing the slow death of more open space. Fabulous.
Here is the report from Chester County in the fall of 2015 regarding this plan. FYI only because this plan is essentially another done deal.
Again I state that we should really pressure all state level elected officials to do a comprehensive update of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code.
After all, the MPC is the bible that guides planning and zoning across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Maybe if it was updated to protect and enhance our communities with more control over development and help for historic preservation and land conservation we would all stand a fighting chance?
Just a thought.
Thanks for stopping by. Sign me development depressed.
Oh and before I close off this post, here is this little something concerning Linden Hall: