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Newtown Supervisors Approve Toll Bros. Plan For 45 New Homes with North Drive Access

Newtown Supervisors Approve Toll Bros. Plan For 45 New Homes with North Drive Access | Newtown News of Interest | Scoop.it

The Newtown Board of Supervisors voted to approve a settlement plan to develop 45 single-family homes on the parcel of land between Twining Bridge Road and Durham Road in the board meeting Wednesday night.

 

Called the "North Drive Plan," development company Toll Brothers proposed the new plan as a possible settlement after appealing the board's rejection of its conditional-use application to develop the All Saints Cemetery property in 2020.

 

The main access road to the property will now be off of North Drive at Durham Road.

 

The new plan responded to residents' concerns with much smaller parcels of land around the homes, meaning that they could be grouped more densely in a smaller area. With that change, the plan now adds 32 additional acres to preserve approximately 120 acres of open space, 33 additional acres to preserve approximately 108 acres of agricultural soils in the open space, and 22 additional acres of farmland to retain approximately 59 acres of active farmland.

 

New to this proposal, almost a mile of trailway around the perimeter of the property will connect to existing trails in the area. Further, maintenance of trailway and plants in the development zone will be absorbed by Toll Brothers and the future homeowner's association, rather than by the township, under this plan.

 

Residents have presented concerns about traffic in the area since the introduction of the previous plan. The Toll Brothers representative said that the traffic impact from these homes should be negligible, and that Toll Brothers will pay any future traffic impact fee.

 

Toll Brothers representatives said Wednesday's night that the cost to purchase one of these homes will be "very high." But board member Phillip Calabro pointed out that .5 percent of those sales will be directed back into the township's coffers; and that those six-figure salary residents will be paying school taxes.

 

"We're looking at a financial gain," he said.

johnmacknewtown's insight:

Although Mr. Calabro remarks focused on the financial gain to the township, I was not thinking of that when I voted yes to this plan. I was thinking of how this plan was the best possible considering the residents' concerns.

 

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  • “Newtown Residents Oppose Toll's Proposed Settlement Plan For 45 Cluster Homes in Conservation Management Zone”; https://sco.lt/8Rv1rE
  • "Toll Bros North Drive Plan: Resident Comments"; https://sco.lt/7WWnOC 
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