WCASD Super Wants Toll Brothers to Pay ‘Impact Fee’ for Developing Crebilly Farm

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Dr. Jim Scanlon

Dr. Jim Scanlon, superintendent of the West Chester Area School District, issued a letter to the community on Monday regarding the potential impact of Toll Brothers’ proposed development of Crebilly Farm in Westtown Township.

“The West Chester Area School District has passed a resolution at its March 27 board meeting to allow the superintendent to request an annual impact fee of $645,000 from Toll Brothers developers for the added expenses the district will incur from the proposed Crebilly Farm housing development,” Scanlon wrote.

Toll Brothers aims to build more than 300 homes on land at the corner of routes 202 and 926.

“Working with an experienced demographer, we have determined that this development will generate at least 172 students who would attend our school district,” Scanlon continued.

“It is common practice for school districts to request impact fees from developers when a large development is proposed. Simply put, a public school district cannot fairly shoulder the entire cost of a huge surge of students at one time. We will need to find additional space in our schools with modular units or additions, we will need to hire additional teachers and other staff, and we will need to provide additional transportation.”

Click here to read Dr. Jim Scanlon’s entire letter.

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