The Save Marple Greenspace group has joined with other environmental groups to form a larger coalition as consideration continues on development plans for the Don Guanella property in Marple. The Whetstone Coalition — named after the Darby Creek tributary Whetstone Run — joins together Save Marple Greenspace with the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Crum Creek Neighbors and the Darby Creek Valley Association to protect the natural resources on the 213-acre property from planned residential or commercial development overseen by Carlino Commercial Development.
Whetstone is looking to pool its resources, which may include retaining an environmental and land use attorney. Environmental concerns have been a constant issue brought up by Save Marple Greenspace and other community members at public meetings. Because the plan would require removing a number of trees in the wooded area of proposal, there is concern that it would increase impervious surfaces and contribute to more flooding in the area, and storm water would overflow farther down the Darby Creek to other communities. There is also concern about public connection to sewer lines and how much the whole of the property would contribute to some already high capacity systems.
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Source: Daily Times; 10/17/2018