Residents’ Grassroots Campaign Hopes to Save Rock Hill Farm in Willistown Township from Development 

resident wearing save Rock Hill Farm shirts
Image via Jessica Griffin, Philadelphia Inquirer.

A group of Willistown Township residents have banded together and started a grassroots campaign to save Rock Hill Farm that is being eyed for luxury home development, writes Kevin Riordan for the Philadelphia Inquirer

The rolling hills, meadows, and woodlands of Rock Hill Farm have been owned by a conservation-minded local family for a long time, but the land was acquired in December by high-profile developer and businessman J. Brian O’Neill for $25.4 million. He is now planning to build up to 22 luxury homes on parts of the 246-acre property. 

If his subdivision application gets approved by Willistown’s Planning Commission, the development plan will be forwarded for review and voted on by the township’s Board of Supervisors. 

However, more than 350 supporters of the grassroots campaign Save Rock Hill Farm are hoping to stave off a development they believe will negatively affect the environment and quality of life in the township. 

“We’re just residents of Willistown, Easttown, and neighboring communities who are passionate about preserving the benefits of open space for the public at large,” said Les Haggett, a leader of the group. 

Read more about Rock Hill Farm in the Philadelphia Inquirer

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