On Tuesday evening, local residents including VGRO members showed up at the Newberry Township Board of Supervisors meeting en masse
to protest McNaughton’s pending proposal to destroy Valley Green Golf Course in favor of an additional 336 housing units. In fact, according to the Patriot-News
When Supervisor Ernest Helmick asked the crowd of more than 100 that spilled out into the hallway how many favored the project, no one raised a hand.
Let’s take a moment to reflect on that–more than 100 Newberry Township residents showed up to protest McNaughton’s plan! A huge thank you is in order to everyone who made their voices heard on Tuesday at the Municipal Building.
This showing of support to KEEP THE COURSE builds on the momentum we’ve been building in the past few weeks. And our momentum is getting noticed. Just Monday, Supervisor Maxine Kauffmann told the York Dispatch, “It’s always been a golf course. I’m so against it being anything else.”
VGRO is pleased that the Supervisors hear our concerns, and they appear to take those concerns seriously. Supervisor Kauffmann’s statement of opposition to McNaughton’s destructive proposal is particularly welcome.
However, the real measure of the Supervisors’ responsiveness will come when they take a final vote on the proposed re-zoning. Unless and until the Board of Supervisors definitively tell McNaughton, “this land will remain Open Space,” Newberry Township residents must continue this fight.
So what’s next?
1. Organizational Meeting: First,
we’re having an organizational meeting on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Newberry Township Building on Old Trail Road. Just look for the white and green “KEEP THE COURSE” signs outside. At this meeting, we’ll tell everyone (1) where we’ve been, (2) where we’re at and what we know, and (3) what we still need to do to stop McNaughton from replacing Valley Green’s Open Space with more development.
2. YCPC Meeting: Second, our Calendar of Events has been updated to include the York County Planning Commission’s meeting on August 7th at 7:30 p.m. This meeting will be held at the York County 911 Center,
120 Davies Drive in York. According to YCPC, residents will be able to make public comments at this meeting, similarly to Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. We know that the Board of Supervisors took us seriously because of our presence. Let’s make sure the County does the same!
3. Get a Yard Sign
: Third, contact Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org
to get a yard sign that you can stick alongthe road to show your support for our effort! You can get one on Sunday as well. We’re asking for a small donation ($10) for each sign to cover the cost of the sign and other incidental costs like running off copies of Township/County documents, etc.