Crebilly Farm Update 11/25/19

Dear Friends,

I hope this message finds all of you well.  I can hardly believe the holiday season is already upon us.  Thank you to those who attended the latest Westtown Township Planning Commission meeting regarding Crebilly II, at which time the PC unanimously voted to recommend the Board of Supervisors deny approval of the Crebilly II application.  (A reminder the Crebilly I application is still in litigation).

Please mark your calendars for the 5th and final Planning Commission meeting regarding Crebilly II:
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4TH, 7:30PM Westtown Township Building, 1039 Wilmington Pike, West Chester.
*A reminder all upcoming dates may be found on the front page of the Crebilly Farm Friends website:
December 4th will be the final PC meeting regarding the Crebilly II application, where the PC will vote on recommended conditions, should the BOS approve the application down the road.  Public comment has been included in each and every PC meeting and will be heard again on the 4th, prior to voting.  “The Planning Commission gains perspective from the public’s questions and comments” is something Richard Pomerantz, Chair of the PC and a new member of the BOS in 2020, has stated in the past.  I encourage you to please ask questions and speak up if you have something to say.

Regretfully, I was unable to attend this latest PC meeting and I would like to sincerely thank the many people who reached out to make sure I didn’t miss much regarding Crebilly Farm- it takes a village.  Special thanks to Richard Valentine for video taping the evening for us.  Here is the link:

Here is the latest Chadds Ford Live article regarding the November 20th PC meeting:

During my west coast adventures, in my much younger years, I lived in a little harbor town in northern California just north of the Golden Gate bridge called Sausalito.  I missed this last meeting because I had a long-time scheduled vacation to return for a visit for the first time in twenty years.  I remember the very day I ever laid eyes on the place… arriving by ferry boat for an impromptu lunch with a friend… I fell in love with my surroundings.  A charming, artsy oasis of musicians and painters, houses built way up in the hills overlooking San Francisco and the Bay Bridge, sailboats and house boats and locals from all over the world that had made their home in this very special place.  Sea air, sea lions- it was a priceless bouquet for all of my senses and I was crazy lucky to live there, if only for a short time.

Twenty years can bring a lot of change.  And though the San Francisco bay and sea lions were still nearby, the town was a shadow of what I had remembered and held so dear.  I thought of my own home in Chester County.  I thought of Crebilly Farm.  I thought of all things I am so grateful for and the reasons that keep a fire lit inside me to stand up for what matters.  Preservation of land matters.  Our American history matters.  And balance matters.

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to remain engaged in this quest for a better outcome for Crebilly Farm and ultimately, our community.  Happy Thanksgiving.

With sincere gratitude,
Mindy Rhodes

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