Thank you for your patience regarding my tardy, written update. I left town early the next day, after the last hearing, and am still catching up. A reminder the front page of CrebillyFarmFriends.com is updated soon after each hearing and the video page has the entire hearing posted within a day or so.
Public comment was completed the evening of July 12th, regarding the Crebilly II application. Approximately a hundred people attended the hearing in-person and about thirty or more spoke for public comment. There are no more hearings scheduled at this time. ‘Findings of fact’ and ‘conclusions of law’ are due on or before August 11th and the Westtown Township Board of Supervisors has until September 27th to render their decision regarding Conditional Use.
For those who wish to view the entire evening, click on the link below and hearing #13:
Here is the latest Chadds Ford Live article regarding Crebilly Farm and the final hearing (#13) for Crebilly II:
And just in case you have nothing better to do, here is my own public comment where I addressed members of Toll Brothers (who were rudely on their phones for much of the evening) and then the BOS:
I was humbled by what others had to say the evening of public comment. So many well-written, heart-felt pieces read out loud by brave citizens standing and addressing the board and Toll Brothers. One of the most impactful pieces I recall was written by a lovely woman sharing her childhood memories of growing up in the village of Eagle: “a place where once held the stunning, quintessential Chester County bucolic beauty is no more. It has been ravaged by out of control, glutinous development that has consumed the history and natural beauty of the landscape. I moved away and returned too late to raise my voice against the ravaging of Eagle. I want to help prevent Crebilly Farm in Westtown township from becoming a place we can only visit in photos and memories.” As I sat listening to her gripping, heartfelt words, honestly, I was moved to tears.
The evening ended with what I will call a grand finale. A most compelling argument was made by Jack Embick, a member of the Planning Commission and a very accomplished environmental attorney. But that evening, he was there speaking as a deeply concerned citizen. Point by point, he stated each and every reason the board had legal grounds to deny conditional use. He really ‘wowed’ me. I am so grateful for his knowledge and expertise because the board cannot just say ‘NO.’ There needs to be hard-core legal reasoning to do so and Mr. Embeck nailed it. (See video part 4, minute 36 to hear for yourselves).
Thank you again for your continued time, energy and efforts by keeping Crebilly Farm in the forethought of others. Thank you so much to all of you who wrote letters to the board even though you were not able to attend the public comment hearing. You helped tremendously. It takes all of us and I think we have been a great team. I wish you a very enjoyable rest of the Summer. I promise I will reach out down the road when I learn more.