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
The first hearing for the re-zoning of the Valley Green Golf Course will be held this Thursday, June 6th at 6PM at the Newberry Fire Hall (2145 York Haven Rd).
This hearing will be for McNaughton’s presentation of the Curative Amendment request. The residents will present their argument against his testimony at a later hearing: date to be determined.
Please plan to attend this hearing and show your support for the Valley Green Residents Organization (VGRO).
In Wednesday’s York Daily Record, reporter Stephanie Reighart highlighted the effect of Tuesday’s primary election of new Supervisor candidates upon VGRO’s efforts:
The Newberry Township Board of Supervisors election results are in and the changing of the guard could end efforts to rezone the Valley Green Golf Course.
On Tuesday night, candidates Dave Cantrell and Will Toothaker won six-year supervisor terms against a field including incumbents Robert Conley and Vice-Chairman Ernest Helmick, according to the York County Board of Elections.
Cantrell and Toothaker have both spoken out against the rezoning of the Valley Green Golf Course.
In August, board members of the York County Planning Commission voted to recommend a request that, if approved, would change the zoning.
In response, some residents of Newberry Township formed the Valley Green Residents Organization, a group that stands against the rezoning of the course.
The full article can be accessed here:
As demonstrated by Tuesday’s election results, Newberry Township voters care about the preservation of open space in accordance with the Township’s long-standing plans. VGRO hopes that the Board of Supervisors would heed the message sent by Newberry Township residents on Tuesday and recognize the importance of preserving all open space, including the Valley Green Golf Course.
The Curative Amendment for re-zoning of the Golf Course will be June 6th at 6PM at the Newberry Firehall. This date will be devoted to McNaughton’s presentation of the Curative Amendment. The Valley Green Residents Organization will present the defense of the current zoning at another hearing (date to be determined). Please plan to attend this hearing to show your opposition to the re-zoning of the Golf Course from open space to residential.
The Newberry Business Association is hosting a “Meet the Candidates” night for the community at the Capital Area Church in the Newberry Commons shopping center (the old Fashion Bug location) at 7 PM on Wednesday, April 17th. Here, community members can meet the potential Newberry Township Supervisor and Tax Collectors.
VGRO wants to thank everyone who attended the two events this past weekend. We had a great turnout at the Newberry Business Expo and the “Keep the Green” party at Hogan’s last Saturday. In the next month or so there will be a “Meet the Candidates” night for the Board of Supervisors. Keep checking for updates as we will be posting information and details at a later date.
On March 16th, from 10-1 at the library, VGRO will have a table set up to meet residents and explain our cause. Come out and support “Keep the Course” at the library this day!
Valley Green Residence Organization is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day “Keep the Green” party in honor of Keep the Course from 7-9PM on March 16th. Come out and meet your neighbors for a night of fun at Hogan’s Restaurant!