Golf Enterprises, Inc. appealed to the Commonwealth Court back in January 2016. Golf Enterprises filed the appeal stating that the Court errored in its decision dated December 30, 2015 Order Denying Land Use Appeal.
Oral Arguments were held on 9/15/2016 in regards to the Appeal.
As of 1/31/2017, we are still awaiting a decision by the Court.VGRO will update this website as soon as any decision is handed down. Our fight, over the last 4-1/2 years would not have been possible without your support.As always, it is important to stay informed- consider attending Township meetings (Board of Supervisor’s/Planning/Zoning). A list of the meetings are available at the Township websitewww.newberrytwp.com; and on this webpage, on our calendar.
In a 19-page Opinion issued late today, Senior Judge Lawrence F. Clark, Jr. of the York County Court of Common Pleas ruled in favor of Newberry Township and VGRO in denying the Land Use Appeal brought by Golf Enterprises, Inc. (“GEI”). You can read the full Opinion at the following link:
More to come on this later, but this is a huge win for VGRO and our fight to keep the open space the Township has enshrined in its zoning and comprehensive plans for decades.
Thank you to everyone who has put so much effort into this since the beginning more than three years ago. Our work isn’t finished, but we’re now seeing what organized and committed residents can accomplish.
In December 2013, GEI filed a Curative Amendment Appeal challenging the validity of the Newberry Townships 2006 Zoning Ordinance, with regards to the open space classification of the golf course property.
On 10/15/2014, Judge Lawrence Clark requested that all three parties attempt to work out an agreement to settle the issue of open space with regards to the curative amendment. (Effectively removing the judge from making an all or nothing ruling for one party.)
Despite extensive negotiations between the parties over the last 10 months, representatives from the VGRO (Valley Green Resident’s Organization) board, the Newberry Township Board of Supervisors/Solicitor, and Golf Enterprises Inc. (GEI/McNaughton) could not reach a proposed settlement that was agreeable to all parties.
As a result, Judge Lawrence Clark will make a decision regarding the Curative Amendment Appeal that GEI filed. We believe that the risk of the supervisors’ decision being overturned is outweighed by the benefits of the court upholding the decision.
As always, your Valley Green Resident’s Organization Board will continue to fight for our Open Space and appreciates all of the continued support from everyone. We urge all of the residents to attend the monthly Board of Supervisors meeting and make known your position on this, and any other areas of concern, in your community.
The Judge recently requested that the parties (Golf Enterprises/Newberry Township/Valley Green Residents’ Organization) explore the possibility of an out-of-court resolution. VGRO’s position on this request is that it is in the best interest of the VGRO Board, and the community in general, to participate in the discussions to see if there is a reasonable compromise that can be reached. Depending on any potential settlement, nothing would be decided unless mutually agreeable between the Township and Golf Enterprises with the input of the community. Your Valley Green Resident’s Organization will continue to keep you 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.”