There have been a of couple write-ups on the
Birchrunville Village development in the Daily Local lately.
Group forms to oppose Birchrunville Development
W. Vincent residents keep wary eye on developers
It seems that the people of Birchrunville are finally starting
to realize that they were sold down the river by the very
people they voted for. As I have written in the past with
documentation (22 December 2012, 1 January, 2013) about the
Supervisors in office at the point in
time when the Schoolhouse (and former township building) was
sold, rhey created this monster by zoning the property
commercial when it could have been zoned residential. It's
location was right on the border of the Birchrun Village
Commercial District and was previously zoned Municipal. Those
Supervisors, Clare Quinn, Zoe Perkins and Ken Miller all
decided to change the zoning to maximize the profits for the
township to help pay for the new Municipal building. I don't
have a particular problem with any of that.
I do believe that everyone should take issue with the way the
Supervisors project by any and all means how they preserve the
West Vincent and the Birchrunville way of life to the
residents, then prostitute that way of life by changing zoning
in exchange for money. Why not just be honest? Is that so
difficult? Why is it the most trusted ones in charge are the
ones that betray their supporters in the end? Because blind
trust is a fools errand. Now, as the people of Birchrunville
and beyond fight to protect what they cherish, I quote what
Ronald Reagan used to quote an old Russian proverb. “Trust,
but verify”. Something that was never done by the citizens.
While the Supervisors have attempted to claim victimship for
the zoning without admitting they created the problem, that
issue is too late to change. The property IS zoned for
commercial use and the Supervisors must allow the developer to
build within the requirements of the zoning and State law. If they don't the township will most likely be
sued. Clare Quinn has stated (paraphrased) that the
owners could come forward with a plan that is ugly that will
meet the current zoning. The owner of the property deserves
the right to do anything they want within the zoning. I
completely agree and I think any animosity towards the
developer for legal development is totally misguided. The
people of Birchrunville are clearly asking only for the zoning
rules to be followed.
It should be remembered that those same Supervisors (Ken,
Clare and Zoe) protected the Schoolhouse on Route 100 in
Ludwigs Corner, next to the Horse Show grounds. When a
resident was trying to make a small restaurant out of the
building, the Supervisors granted a Conditional Use
but the zoning was so restrictive that the deal collapsed.
That property is in the Planned Commercial/Light Industrial
section of the township on Route 100, a major highway that
runs from Allentown to Delaware with tractor-trailer traffic,
not historic Birchrunville. Confused? You should be.
There will be a CONDITIONAL USE hearing for
the development of this of the Birchrunville Schoolhouse and it
is scheduled for October 14, 2013 at 7:30 pm. The Judge and Jury
for this hearing will be the West Vincent Supervisors, Ken
Miller, Clare Quinn and David Brown. Two of the three Jurors
created the situation, David Brown merely defends it. For a
guided insight on how the decision will be made by this Judge
and jury, allow me to disclose the mindset. At the August 26
Supervisors meeting, Ken Miller explained that the Supervisor's
were limited to what they could talk about at the Township
meeting. He stated, “As a Board, we can't say anymore because
it's (the Conditional Use Hearing) a quasi-judicial proceeding.
We have to maintain AT LEAST SOME APPEARANCE OF NON-BIAS, I
guess”. Never let it be said that Ken Miller can't tell the
truth once in a while. “Appearance” is all you get with this
bunch, forget the non-bias. Especially after the way they have
rigged this entire Schoolhouse Development. How much will be
waived of requirements in the zoning?
Don't believe me? Here is the video clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYdMK0zvcKU
And here is the entire township meeting video: http://www.westvincenttwp.org/images/all-videos/BOS%20Video%20082613.wmv
It starts around 40 minutes into the video.
I implore you to watch the video. Listen to the audience after
Ken Miller speaks, they caught what he said.
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