How Will the Proposed High Density Housing Affect You?
462 additional homes (condos, townhouses and single family homes) in Sadsbury Township
A 40% increase in township population (1,432 more residents), adding 3,500 weekday road trips to Old Wilmington Road
Loss of much needed job opportunities
Increased school taxes in a district badly in need of commercial and business development for tax relief
A ZONING HEARING WILL BE HELD
ON TUESDAY AUGUST 17TH AT 7:00 PM AT
THE SADSBURYVILLE FIRE COMPANY
If approved by the supervisors, 92 acres of land currently zoned light industrial will be changed to allow Arcadia Land to build high density housing
DID YOU KNOW?
Traffic and Roads
Please attend the zoning hearing on Tuesday, August 17th at the Sadsbury Fire Co. This proposed zoning change is the most important zoning action this township has ever taken and it will affect ALL existing residents.
The Supervisors should be held accountable for their decisions - this is not the kind of change that should be entrusted to "consultants" who do not live in Sadsbury Township. We need to hear from the Supervisors why THEY believe this zoning change is good for us. This question has been asked repeatedly and the supervisors have refused to answer.
Stop Over-Development in Sadsbury (S.O.S.)
An Open Letter to the Residents of Sadsbury Township
Taxpayers in and around the Coatesville 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". OK, I get it!!!
In the August 2nd DLN, John Newton of Meetinghouse Properties 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 August 17th, 2004, Sadsbury Township will hold a Zoning Hearing to discuss a developer's request to change the zoning on a large lot of land from light industrial to allow a Traditional Neighborhood Development, or 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 zoned light industrial.
1) The takeoff flight path/route (westbound) of the airport air traffic flies directly over the property.
2) Three large 30& 36dia. Transco 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. I cannot imagine why anyone would consider a request that may put residents in harm's way.
If developed responsibly and in tune with the rural characteristics of this area, this property as currently zoned, along with other adjoining light industrial tracts 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 twp. should settle for anything less. We deserve fiscally sound responsible development, not just another overbuilt piece of land.
Our supervisors need to come clean and explain why they feel we need to increase the township population by 40% in one shot, as that is what this zoning change/development will mean. It took us two hundred plus years to reach the level of population we are today. Is it prudent to grow that much in just a handful of years? Will the services we have today handle this much growth? Can our infrastructure handle the increase in traffic? Where will the money come from to cover these increases in costs for services required by residential development?
With this zoning change and two others the supervisors already approved this year, we will be left with many more houses per acre than the zoning originally allowed. What was wrong with old number of units per acre? Will our quality of life get better or worse? Since 96% of the 475 residents surveyed were against the zoning changes, one wonders why the supervisors have such a different "vision" from the residents.
Many of us have been trying to get answers to these and many other questions over the last year, but unfortunately the supervisors either dont know or will not say. My only hope is that some back-room deal has not all ready been hatched and our fate has been decided before there is truly a thorough, honest and open discussion about our future.
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