I drafted the following a little while back but have only just
found out the the meeting to discuss this is TONIGHT at 7:30
pm. I'm sorry for the short notice but if you possibly can
please go along to the meeting, listen to any remarks, and
make your thoughts known.
Here is a letter I received which I think deserves to be
Hi Chicken Man,
I don't know if you have been following this latest travesty
or not, but I have been asked to forward the following letter on
to you. This is another incestuous deal.
Siana sold the Wilkinson brothers (the owners and developers
of the old township building) the building lots on Sheeder Mill
Rd. WVT where they live. The money the township got when the old
township building was sold for $475K to the Wilkinson's was used
to build the facilities for Miller's road crew at the new
The Wilkinson's are now asking for numerous "waivers" for
zoning for their new office park. They bought the property
knowing what it was, and what the ordinance allowed. THERE IS NO
HARDSHIP HERE! They should be made to follow the zoning to the
letter of the law as it is with no waivers!
How is it that our township spends hundreds of thousands of
dollars protecting open space and allows this type of density/
overdevelopment on a 2.38 property that they had in their
And now our supervisors are entertaining waivers and variances
to further this development????
With the precarious roads and limited site distances surrounding
this “over development” ; how could they allow that amount of
traffic and put all of the township residents that travel those
roads (our main road through the village) at risk?? What type of
township would grant waivers and variances to allow that?
They don’t care about the residents. They only care about the
Your consideration and help in this matter is much appreciated!
Letter from Mrs Graham follows:
West Vincent Board of Supervisors
March 26, 2012
To the members of the Board of Supervisors, past and present;
the Township Manager; the Zoning Officer and the solicitors who
oversee our township business:
My husband, George T. Graham, D.D. S., and I, Suzanne M. Roth;
wish to express our profound disappointment with the lack of
oversight displayed by the Board and its advisors to protect our
Historic School House property.
We now face a 10,000 to 12,500 square foot office complex on
this 2.78 acre property which far exceeds reasonable
development. We do not believe that a Fiscal Impact Statement
should be waived. This is an historic village with roads to
match. If the property is developed as planned for each parking
space allotted there will be 8 cars trips anticipated to travel
our roads. That would mean approximately 256-270 more cars
passing our house on a daily basis or turning around somewhere
in the village to enter the office complex. With this amount of
volume we will need a traffic light at the cross roads of School
House Land and Flowing Springs Road and a 3 way stop at the
juncture of Hollow Road and School House Lane to prevent
accidents. The steep grades and lack of sight lines should make
The township police cannot enforce the 15 MPH speed limit on the
lower portion of School House Lane now. I believe this added
volume will make us ripe for accidents. As it is now most of
the people who travel this portion of the road DO NOT OBEY the
speed limit and many small collisions occur as evidenced by the
amount of mirror glass on the road and its verges. In inclement
weather we have had 2 very major accidents at the corner of
School House Lane and Hollow Road; one when a car went airborne
off School House Lane and clipped the side of the Sladek house
and moved the LP gas tank and another when a car again went
airborne off Hollow Road and entered the Sladek barn on the
second floor level.
Working plans drawn by Edward B. Walsh in May 1991 to enable the
installation of utility sheds on this same property show an
active stream and wetlands. In fact the buildings were moved to
comply with a then 50 foot set back from the stream. As the
plan stands now all evidence of these natural resources has been
removed. The stream has been piped and the wetlands denuded and
filled with stone. We believe these changes have adversely
impacted a tributary of the Birch Run, an exceptional value
Has the capacity of the well been determined? Can it support 4
buildings and their occupants?
The sewage facilities have been placed along School House Lane
above the planned buildings. If this site fails where will the
alternative site be? Is this sewage sight 150 feet from the
still shown wetlands?
There has been No Notification from Birchrun Village, L.L.C. to
the surrounding neighbors regarding any of the changes or
proposed changes to this property.
With the addition of 3 buildings on this property the increase
in light pollution will magnify. Now, if lights are left on in
the evening or overnight the light enters the bedrooms of
surrounding neighbors. What will be the effect when a parking
lot for 32-34 cars is illuminated?
We would like to see the separate plan sheet submitted showing
truck and emergency vehicle access around the entire development
as suggested by John Caruolo, P.E. We understand there has been
a letter written to the township by the local fire departments.
We would like to have copies and review these letters.
We strongly believe that the Birchrun Village, LLC. should not
be given a waiver to put buildings and parking spaces within the
150 foot set back of streams. Our zoning calls for a set back
of 150 feet from an historic building. Their plan calls for
placing one of the buildings within 62.5 feet of the School
Developing this Office Complex will forever change the nature of
this historic village. This type of development belongs at
Ludwigs Corner or at Routes 113 & 401 not in the village.
We strongly ask the supervisors to reject the waivers asked for
by Birchrun Village, LLC.
Attached is the application letter "
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