Being a blogger is sometimes a strange business. The document I am sharing pertaining to development in East Whiteland and purported number of students that some developments old and new add to the Great Valley School District. It was left in my mailbox a couple of days ago. No note, no envelope.
The letter is written by David C. Babbitt & Associates (CLICK HERE FOR SCAN of what I have called frazer lanes)
Now when it comes to experts and consultants, the voice of one of my favorite former Lower Merion Commissioners named Lew Gould comes to mind. He said one time when it came to a particular traffic study at the time that those who commission the studies gets what they pay for.
I will also note that this letter ONLY ADDRESSES APARTMENTS. Not other kinds of developments. Not townhouses, not “carriage homes”, not single family homes. I think the numbers might creep up significantly?
So I do not know what to think of this thing that was left for me. But I do not feel I am sharing anything privileged or illegal. As a matter of fact this is the type of information which would be shared with a municipality during a planning process. I belive this was left for me because I have been critical of the affect of new development on the school districts in Chester County, in this case this study pertains to Great Valley.
Where I find this puzzling is it kind of runs contrary to some of what I have heard pertaining to the elementary schools in Great Valley School District and how crowded they are becoming. I have also heard the high school is incredibly crowded. My days with kids in any school district is done, and our son went to a charter school.
I figure this letter is another good place to start a conversation.
Carla. One huge thing jumps out near the end – the mobile home park has 26 GVSD students and the new development has 13 estimated – so is the developer’s conclusion/argument that creating these new posh apartments and displacing the residents of affordable housing and their children is actually a POSITIVE impact for GVSD? That’s scary stuff – the mobile home residents and their children are just a number.