Open space advocates are celebrating a decision by Court of Common Pleas Judge Mark L. Tunnell to uphold a decision by the Westtown Township Board of Supervisors denying builder Toll Brothers a conditional use application to construct a 319-home subdivision at the 322-acre Crebilly Farm. Toll has the option to appeal.
Hundreds of residents packed auditoriums for two years of public meetings, including 10 public hearings, concerning the project. “I am shocked and relieved,” Mindy Rhodes, of Crebilly Farm Friends said. “Massive public outcry has made a difference in this much bigger picture. Perhaps, just maybe, all parties involved will come to a more reasonable compromise. … I will continue to remain cautiously optimistic.”
The Robinson family owns the farm, and Toll Brothers is the equity owner. Proponents for open space hope to see the scenic property, which is likely the site of action during the Battle of Brandywine, preserved permanently as park space. The farm is the last large chunk of open ground along Route 202 between Wilmington and King of Prussia. Tunnell denied Toll’s request on four grounds: failure to include a collector road; lack of a plan to mitigate traffic impacts at the South New Street and Route 926 intersection; failure to show alternate access; and failure of the applicant to account for conservation design standards.
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Source: Daily Local; 10/3/2018