Remove PRDs from Zoning for Rural Adams Township

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On Monday, July 11th, 2017 the Adams Township Supervisors unanimously declared a 180-day moratorium on approval of any new Planned Residential Developments (PRDs) in the Rural Conservation (RC) and Residential Agricultural, Low-Density (RAL) zoning districts. These districts represent roughly the Northern half of the township and the majority of remaining scenic and pristine farmland that the Saving Rural Adams group wants to save.

In its declaration, the township supervisors stated that the 2009 zoning amendment adding PRDs to the rural portion of the township had failed to meet its intended goal of encouraging conservation and clustered development on these sensitive lands. The moratorium was issued under MPC Section 609.2, Procedure for Municipal Curative Amendments, which allows the board to declare a portion of the zoning ordinance substantively invalid and set in motion a process to amend it. The board directed township staff and appointed officials to prepare a change to the ordinance by November 13th of this year (the first meeting after Election Day).

The most effective and logical approach is for the township to permanently reverse the 2009 PRD amendment -- allowing PRDs in targeted residential growth areas and while excluding PRDs from rural conservation areas. The MPC does NOT require townships permit PRDs in all of their zoning districts.

Developers have demonstrated their craftiness with the subjective PRD requirements laid out by the MPC.  For them, the PRD is a convenient way to propose developments which net more homes at greater profit margins than the underlying zoning would allow, without having to address the negative impacts these developments are having on the surrounding residents. No amount of fiddling with the wording of zoning provisions will addresses the fundamental disconnect between this profit motive and the township's stated goal of preserving the agricultural legacy and scenic views for future generations.

Saving Rural Adams is collecting signatures on this petition to remove PRDs from the rural areas of Adams Township (the RC and RAL zoning districts).  Your signatures (and your votes in November) will help decide whether Adams Township retains its special feel or becomes another victim of suburban sprawl.

1. Sign this petition and share it with others
2. Donate to the cause through Crowdrise (link below).  It costs the members of Saving Rural Adams approximately $1000/mo in legal and professional fees to sustain our appeals in Butler County Court.
3.  Visit the group's Facebook page and join the group -- numbers matter!

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