The Back Story
As I've mentioned in other posts, I chair my township's Environmental Advisory Council (EAC). The seven EAC volunteers are appointed by our township's Board of Commissioners to advise that board on environmental matters affecting the township. The Commissioners usually reject our recommendations for a variety of reasons. Conventional wisdom would say that our EAC's recommendations are typically at odds with the pro-development sentiments of most of this Board of Commissioners. I've pointed out in a couple previous posts that, on our board of five commissioners, two are Realtors and a third is CEO of the local Association of Realtors. And this Board of Commissioners presides over what has been the fastest growing municipality in Pennsylvania for the past 10-15 years.
|Allen Distribution warehouse (photo credit: allendistribution.com)|
Rather than risking an adversarial relationship with our remaining farmers, whether they are mom & pop farmers or industrial operations, it seems like a more reasonable option might be for the township to purchase key tracts of remaining farmland and other open space, at market value, to prevent additional traffic from gridlocking us and prevent paving over our remaining green fields with more asphalt. Sounds great, but it also sounds costly.
|Home. (photo credit: GoogleEarth)|