ROBERT SILVERNAIL, Guest Columnist 08/16/2004
Taxpayers in and around the Coatesville Area School District are beginning to understand where the money comes from to educate our children. A recent letter from the Coatesville School District plainly stated that when there are "not enough commercial/industrial taxpayers - the tax burden falls on individual property owners."
In the Aug. 2 edition of the Daily Local News, John H. Newton, of the firm developing the Meetinghouse Business Park, described how the industrial development being attracted to western Chester County is helping to generate tax relief for over-burdened property owners. It appears we are headed in the right direction to enjoy the tax benefits realized by the Great Valley and West Chester school districts.
We need to realize, however, that while these gains are helpful, they are not enough to provide tax relief in our district. We must continue to attract more businesses to the Coatesville school district.
On Tuesday, Sadsbury Township will hold a zoning hearing to discuss a developers request to change the zoning on a large lot of land from light industrial to allow a traditional neighborhood developmentor TND (a high-density housing development). The property is located in very close proximity to the Chester County Airport. In looking and understanding the lay of the land, it becomes clear why the property was originally zoned light industrial.
The takeoff flight path/route (westbound) of the airport air traffic flies directly over the property.
Three large 30-inch-by-36-inch diameter natural-gas pipelines dissect the property in two.
From a land-planning and safety perspective this obviously is not an ideal location for high-density housing. If developed responsibly and in tune with the rural characteristics of this area, this property as currently zoned could be a real jewel for the township. It would provide a financial plus for the school district and generate jobs for western Chester County.
The business parks built today can and do look and feel like state parks. There is no reason the residents of Sadsbury Township should settle for anything less. We deserve fiscally sound responsible development, not just another overbuilt piece of land.
Since 96 percent of the 475 residents surveyed were against the zoning changes, one wonders why the supervisors have such a different "vision" from the residents.
The writer lives in Sadsbury.
İDaily Local News 2004
Name: Lucy Chavez
Date: Aug, 16 2004
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