Opposition to Zoning Change @ 795 Jolly Road, Parcel D, Blue Bell, PA, Whitpain

Opposition to Zoning Change @ 795 Jolly Road, Parcel D, Blue Bell, PA, Whitpain

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Blue Bell Future started this petition to Whitpain Township Board of Supervisors and

Dear Whitpain Neighbors:

In February-2021 a proposal to develop open/wooded space into a 133-townhouse development has been presented to Whitpain Board of Supervisors.

Here is the post for more information and a link to a recording of the presentation:

https://www.whitpainresidents.org/post/parcel-d-a-developer-has-ideas-for-different-zoning

We would like to request your support by signing this petition showing your opposition to a possible development in Whitpain Township, as outlined below.  Also, by signing you are asking the Whitpain Board of Supervisors, Zoning Board and others to oppose this plan as well.

OPPOSITION TO ZONING CHANGE AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW HOUSING

We, the undersigned, Whitpain Township property owners and residents, respectfully petition the Whitpain Township’s Board of Supervisors to NOT APPROVE any proposal to change the Zoning of 795 Jolly Road, Parcel “D” (a portion of the Unisys/Arborcrest campus), from its existing R-E: Research and Engineering District, as set forth in Whitpain Township’s Subdivision & Land Development Ordinance, AS SUCH, changing its zoning district would be inconsistent with its originally planned designation, other important guidelines for our neighborhood’s scale-and-character, and the carefully planned Vision, Goals, and Recommendations as set forth in the Whitpain Township Comprehensive Land Plan, (updated June 2016).

Key Reasons: 

  • The proposed 133 townhouses on 26.6 acres are an oversized design and would require a change in zoning from R-E: Research and Engineering District to R-3 Residential; adjacent to existing neighborhoods comprised entirely of R1 Residential zoning.
  • Street traffic is already heavy and problematic. Adding new housing with potentially 266 more cars than currently on the street will unreasonably worsen traffic. Demand for parking by visitors (guests and vendors) will make the traffic and parking situation worse as well.
  • The 26.6-acre parcel contains 2 baseball fields and 1 soccer field.  It also sustains approximately 15 acres of mature woodlands that serves a wide variety of environmental and ecological benefits, as well; their loss would take nearly 100 years to mitigate. The Research Engineering District requires 50% of the site must remain natural.
  • Placing a poorly conceived housing development adjacent to “intact historic period neighborhoods” (1950-1960’s) will irreparably diminish the reputation of Whitpain as being seriously dedicated to effective community planning. The proposal violates Whitpain’s own legal guidelines which state, “If not properly designed, higher density developments can decrease the aesthetic quality of Whitpain neighborhoods.”
  • The housing concepts presented do not take into account the strain so many more homes and vehicles will place on expensive Whitpain resources, especially parks, schools, emergency services and our already aging roads, lack of pedestrian access and infrastructure.
  • Ideally we would like to see the land on the parcel left as is, as open space / green space.

By law, Whitpain Township Board of Supervisors is not required to approve a Zoning Change or an application simply because it meets technical requirements when it is demonstrated that its fulfillment will unreasonably diminish the quality of life, health, safety and welfare in the neighborhood. We assert that this proposal will be detrimental to our community.

We, the undersigned, Whitpain Township property owners and residents, respectfully petition the Whitpain Township’s Board of Supervisors to NOT APPROVE any proposal to change the Zoning of 795 Jolly Road, Parcel “D” (a portion of the Unisys/Arborcrest campus), from its existing R-E: Research and Engineering District, as set forth in Whitpain Township’s Subdivision & Land Development Ordinance, AS SUCH, changing its zoning district would be inconsistent with its originally planned designation, other important guidelines for our neighborhood’s scale-and-character, and the carefully planned Vision, Goals, and Recommendations as set forth in the Whitpain Township Comprehensive Land Plan, (updated June 2016).

 

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