Westtown Residents Taking Their Fight to Pittsburgh to Preserve Historic Land at Crebilly Farm

(Image via Neighbors for Crebilly)

After nearly two years of legal battles, residents of Westtown Township continue to fight to preserve Crebilly Farm from Toll Brothers, writes Vinny Vella for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Horsham-based developer wants to build 317 homes on the 322-acre farmland that saw action during the Revolutionary War. However, the developer has suffered two major setbacks in the last two years in its attempt to secure the required documentation.

In late 2017, its application was denied by the Westtown Township Board of Supervisors, who said that Toll Brothers had ignored key zoning requirements. The developer appealed the decision in County Court, but the ruling was in favor of the township.

Toll has now taken its appeal to the Commonwealth Court. And while the hearing is scheduled to take place on Monday in Pittsburgh, dozens of local residents will be there, thanks to a planned bus trip.

“By getting people in the courtroom, we don’t want this to be a five-minute Monday afternoon sign-off,” said Randell Spackman, member of Neighbors for Crebilly Farm. “We want the judge to know how many people care about this.”

Read more about Crebilly Farm in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.

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