Westtown Township Supervisors Explain Denial of Toll Brothers’ Development Permit

Image via Crebilly Farm.

The decision made in December by Westtown Township supervisors to deny Toll Brothers a permit to build 317 homes on Crebilly Farm came as a surprise to many, writes Caitlin McCabe for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

For weeks, nobody knew the reasons, but the three decision-makers have finally provided an explanation. Their 53-page document, published last month, states that road placement concerns, traffic, stormwater management, and the disruption of scenic views were among the reasons.

Furthermore, the plan submitted by Toll Brothers did not always reconcile with the zoning code or changes requested by officials.

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“An applicant for conditional use must demonstrate that his proposed use meets the applicable requirements of the zoning ordinance when the application is submitted,” wrote the supervisors. “A promise to comply or conditions compelling future compliance cannot cure an otherwise non-compliant application.”

Toll Brothers has not yet announced whether it will appeal the decision. But time is running short as the developer has 30 days from the date of the written decision, issued on Feb. 12, to do so.

Read more about the proposed development in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.

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