It is important that Valley Green Golf Course continues to be the focal point of Newberry Township’s primary growth area. McNaughton still has over 400 properties that have been approved for development since 2006 and have not yet been constructed. Don’t let him destroy the golf course! Keep up the fight! Attend Township meetings – stay informed!
At a standing room only Newberry Township Board of Supervisor’s meeting this evening, the Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to reject a zoning change proposed by Fran McNaughton and his development company, Golf Enterprises, Inc. McNaughton’s proposed change would have paved the way for the destruction of the Valley Green Golf Course and the development of more than 300 new housing units.
After a motion to reject McNaughton’s change was made by Supervisor Maxine Kauffman, three additional supervisors – Carl Hughes, Robert Conley, and Brandt Cook – joined in support of the motion. Supervisor Ernest Helmick was the lone vote in favor of McNaughton’s proposal.
The meeting was attended by more than 100 concerned residents including many VGRO members. “This a great win for residents of Newberry Township,” said LeeAnn Menut, President of Valley Green Residents Organization (“VGRO”). “We thank the four supervisors who listened to the wishes of their community. VGRO will continue to fight in the interest of local residents for the betterment of our township.”
As most of you are aware, the hearings have ended regarding McNaughton’s request to destroy the Valley Green Golf Course. Next is the vote by the Board of Supervisors. This vote will take place on October 22nd at the Township Building at 6 pm.
It is important that we continue our support of preserving our open space. Remember – Golf Enterprises has already used the golf course to meet its open space density requirements several times for golf course cluster developments.
We want to thank all of you for your support and attendance at all of the hearings and meetings. Hope to see as many of you as possible on the 22nd!
This Thursday, September 26th at 6pm, one more hearing will be held at the Newberry Township Fire hall regarding the substantive validity challenge and proposed curative amendment to Newberry Township’s zoning ordinance. This meeting will include rebuttal testimony and closing arguments. It is critical that we continue to show the Board of Supervisors that we are not giving in to McNaughton. We will continue to fight for our Township and it’s Open Space for our children and their children!
“Following are three articles that were written after the last hearing held on September 10, 2013:
We all know how difficult it is to attend meetings, let alone several just weeks apart; however, next Tuesday’s hearing (September 10th at 6pm – Newberry Township Firehall) will be just as important for all of us to attend. We must continue our fight and stop McNaughton from destroying our Open Space.
Thank you to all of our neighbors who have so generously donated their time and money toward our fight.
Please join us next week as we hear the testimony about the original development of the golf course and the impact that the rezoning will have on all of us. We also hope that you will consider voicing your own opinion during these hearings. It is important that the Township Supervisors are aware of how the residents feel about the zoning change requested by McNaughton. Make your voice be heard – be present!
We will also offer the “Keep the Course” buttons, to help offset the costs for our fight, for a minimum donation of $25. Thank you from your VGRO – Valley Green Resident’s Organization!
Etters, PA, 8/22/2013 – At 6:00PM Residents of Newberry Township packed the Newberry Fire Hall today to show their opposition to the rezoning and development of the Valley Green Golf Course, as proposed by Golf Enterprise, Inc. (McNaughton). The facts presented at the hearing tonight disputed much of the testimony previously presented by Golf Enterprises at the June 6th hearing and in fact proved that Valley Green Golf Course was specifically dedicated as Open Space for previous McNaughton developments.
The Valley Green Residents Organization (VGRO) presented facts surrounding the golf course and why the current zoning, that was paid for with tax dollars and approved by the York County Planning Commission, is correct. The public will have the chance to express their displeasure of the Curative Amendment filed by Golf Enterprise, Inc. on September 10th at 6PM at the Newberry Fire Hall and hear additional testimony.
It is obvious that Newberry Township residents care about the preservation of this open space. The residents are urged to continue their support and continue to attend upcoming meetings of the Board of Supervisors wherein a decision will be made.
The map below shows the full extent of what is being proposed for our area – over 695 Total Units.
We need your help! Please attend the Hearing on Thursday, August 22 at 6pm at the Newberry Township Firehall. Your attendance alone will speak volumes to our Township Supervisors. They need to know that all of us are against the destruction of our Open Space. This is your time to hear what these proposals will do to our area. Don’t let McNaughton destroy what Valley Green is all about.
We also want to thank those of you who continue to support the fight with your donations. The fight will continue until our Open Space is protected for generations to come!
VGRO members have shown up in tremendous numbers at recent events and hearings before the Newberry Township Board of Supervisors and York County Planning Commission. This is because residents of Northern Newberry Township know the damage McNaughton’s planned development will cause to our neighborhood.
At the moment, VGRO is gearing up for a potentially costly battle against the developers who want to clog our roads with more traffic, dangerously stretch our fire and police services thin, and stress our schools’ capacities. All of these problems lead to money being taken outof your pocketbook and slashed from your home value.
Residents of Northern Newberry Township can expect to see a huge decrease in their home’s value if McNaughton’s planned development becomes reality. We can stop this, but we need your help.
Your gift of $200 can help us prevent a loss of more than 100 times that amount against your home (based on an average home value of $200,000). Even if you can’t spare that amount today, every bit counts.
At this moment, VGRO needs to hire experts who can prove the extent of damage that McNaughton’s plan will cause to our community. These experts are not free, nor cheap, but without their expertise backing up our position, VGRO will have a difficult time convincing the “powers that be” that McNaughton’s plan must be stopped.
Please consider donating what you can to help our fight. Without your support, VGRO will not be able to put forth its side–only the developers who stand to make a lot of money will. You can make a donation by clicking the buttons below (or mailing a check to 115 St. Andrews Way, Etters, PA 17319):
Thank you for supporting VGRO! The Valley Green Residents Organization (“VGRO”) is a group of residents in Newberry Township fighting against unnecessary development of our area’s open spaces. VGRO is supported by volunteers. None of its officers receive a salary. All donations are used for legal costs and expenses.
Next Hearing Set for 8/22/2013- Keep checking the website for further information.
At the Curative Amendment hearing on June 6th, Valley Green Residents refuted the testimony of McNaughton’s expert witness, Greg Creasy (PE, a traffic engineer) who testified that Valley Green Road was sufficient to handle the additional traffic to be generated by the proposed Golf Course development of more than 300 homes. Mr. Creasy stated that much of the traffic from the Bentwater Crossing development (Fox Farm) would empty onto Pines Road, although some would exit onto Valley Green Road. On cross examination by VGRO attorney, John Elliot, Mr. Creasy admitted that he was not aware that the Bentwater Crossing development had not been granted a highway occupancy permit from PennDot and that all of the proposed Bentwater traffic of more than 400 homes would also be exiting onto Valley Green Road. It appears that Mr. Creasy was not aware of the limitations of Valley Green Road or the standards for a collector road, or that Valley Green Road was a collector road.
This hearing was for McNaughton to present his reasoning of why the present Newberry Township Comprehensive Zoning plan is flawed. Helen Gemmil, attorney for McNaughton, argued that the present Open Space zoning is “spot zoning” and therefore unlawful. The residents will present their side of the argument in late August or early September. Please check our website regularly for a hearing date. Your support at our hearing is needed. We also need your monetary support as this is expected to be appealed to the Court of Common Pleas after the Board of Supervisors’ vote.
Please send donations to: 115 St. Andrews Way, Etters, PA. 17319