Letter: New solicitor in Chadds Ford long overdue

I have actively tracked proceedings in Concord Township for the past 2 ½ years because 
pro-development actions there have increasingly threatened the quality of life and property values that I enjoy as a Chadds Ford resident. Indeed, Concord’s actions threaten the new national park in Delaware and the entire Brandywine Valley. Concord just released a report showing that from 2000 to 2013 they approved over 5.4 million square feet of non-residential development and 3,287 residential units. The next highest townships in Delaware County had under 2.6 million and 1,940 respectively. Most township had significantly less.

Increased traffic from high-density residential development, commercial development, and the proposed ruination of the Woodlawn Trustees land in Beaver Valley, are things we need to actively stand up against. I could never understand why Concord Township and Chadds Ford Township contracted with the same person for the position of township solicitor. The two townships’ missions and values could not be more different, yet the same person provided legal representation to both.

It is my hope that Chadds Ford Township will find a solicitor who will provide objective legal advice, remain free of politics, avoid conflicts and bring experience and creative approaches in preserving open space in order to help Chadds Ford live into its unique mission. The board in Chadds Ford is relatively new, and they should enjoy a mandate and the right to build their own team to meet the challenges of Chadds Ford. There is no need to denigrate anyone’s service, past or present, but it is a good time to move on. I am excited that Chadds Ford will have a new solicitor to represent our interests.

Rob Gurnee
Chadds Ford Township

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