Hot news came out just a couple days ago. There is a PRELIMINARY
agreement between the Natural Land Trust and the Dietrich
property “Bryn Coed Farm” to preserve a large part of it and
carving the rest up into 50 acre estates, thereby limiting
development. This has been a process that has been talked about
ad nauseam for well over a decade by the former West Vincent
Township Administration. While they gave lip service about
saving the almost 1500 acre tract, the Supervisor team of Ken
Miller, Zoe Perkins and Clare Quinn (the people that gave West
Vincent the Eminent Domain of the Horseshoe grounds) re-wrote
zoning, creating lucrative development opportunity for an office
park and convention center with hotel on the Bryn Coed property.
You may ask, "If the property value increases, how does that
affect it's preservation?" Here's how. The gain from the
increase in value comes to the property owner. Since the value
increases, the purchase price stands to increase.This increased
value of the property means more money is required to be
leveraged in order to even attempt to protect the ground.
The next question one would ask, "Why would the Supervisors (at
the time of the zoning change) do this and is there a benefit to
them?" The former Supervisors did it knowing that they would
have the land for campaign signs (there is lots of road
frontage) and influence with some residents in the community.
The BOS constantly spoke of how they were working to protect the
property, scaring people into believing they were the only ones
that could or WOULD get the job done. This also was the
continuing sale pitch that they were working to preserve the
property, which never, ever happened.
This is the same thing the former Supervisors did when offering
potential TDR money to landowners, Forget the fact that there
was no more money available, making what they were saying a
complete fabrication. That was the carrot. The stick was "but if
I don't get re-elected, I can't get you the TDR's", so the
people would influence all of their friends to vote for Miller,
Perkins, Quinn. People will often vote for the person that
promises them the most, for their personal gain.
Here are the newsletters I have written about the property. This
has all the documentation to back up my claims, as usual.
4 December 2012
9 December 2012
14 December 2012
I implore you to read these articles to become familiar with
what the former Administration has done, all the while telling
the public that they were trying to preserve Bryn Coed and
protect the township. It was all basically a lie. This was just
like what they did with the old schoolhouse, former township
building property in Birchrunville. They changed the zoning to
make it more valuable to sell and then ended up costing the
taxpayers of fortune in order to "preserve" the property.
Below is a great article about the potential preservation of the
Bryn Coed farm. Nothing is guaranteed and both West Vincent and
West Pikeland townships will end up putting money to make this
work, but it is the closest West Vincent township has actually
gotten to preserving the property. Prior to that it seems like
everything was simply a bluff by the former supervisors. Here's
to hoping it all works out. The comments section has a statement
that is forthright and concise by someone called Flower Child,
be sure to read it! It's great to see that the new
administration of John Jacobs and Mike Schneider are serious
about getting this done.
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