Still no news regarding the latest court decision. I am reaching out to share some recent news in case you have not yet heard. Within the last ten days, Westtown Township received a new application from Toll Brothers in the development of Crebilly Farm. This means once the new application is completed, the whole process will begin again, most likely with the Planning Commission and the new plans will run simultaneously with the current plans still in litigation.
An updated Comprehensive Plan for Westtown Township was approved this past February, thanks to the Comprehensive Plan Task Force. Unfortunately, the new application from Toll Brothers has been received before the Board of Supervisors has approved any new ordinances. The Westtown Township BOS has had numerous opportunities, over the last three years, to ‘get it together’ by creating open space funding and approving new ordinances that would help protect what we all value in Chester County. They have failed to do so!
When life throws me a curve ball, I try to see a bigger picture and find an opportunity to learn. I also do not believe anything in life comes without a price. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of each of us getting involved with our own townships- no matter where you live. Get to know your elected officials. Reach out and ask questions. Does your township have open space funding? Is your Comprehensive Plan current? Is your township listening to what residents have to say? Are your elected officials backing up their words with actions?
All is not lost, however, and as with many things in life, there is always something one can do. Westtown township residents, you have an opportunity this November to vote in a new Supervisor: Mr. Richard Pomerantz. Mr. Pomerantz is currently the Chair of the Westtown Township Planning Commission and as many of you may recall, he ran an impeccable series of Planning Commission meetings for the original application from Toll Brothers (currently in litigation). Pomerantz included the public every step of the way. He held the public meetings in large facilities to accommodate the crowds and he gave every single member of the public an opportunity to voice their concerns on more than one occasion. He educated all with clear explanations and resources of what to read and where to find it. He is direct, asks hard questions and most of all, he cares.
Please take the time to read the words of Mr. Pomerantz in a letter he read to the public at the opening PC meeting, November 16, 2016:
The power of the vote. Please do what you can in your own sphere of influence.
If not you, then who?