Village zoning district nears repeal

The V-Village Zoning District that Chadds Ford Township supervisors adopted last year is about to go away. Last night, the Planning Commission voted to recommend it be repealed.

Supervisors last month rejected a proposed village map that would have set the boundaries for the district. Supervisors’ Vice Chairman Samantha Reiner said at the time that there was too much confusion over what was and was not allowed in such a district, and what uses may be grandfathered in.

During the May 8 Planning Commission meeting, solicitor Patrick McKenna said, “You can’t have the ordinance without the map, and the township didn’t adopt one.”

When supervisors rejected the map during their April meeting, Supervisors’ Chairman Frank Murphy said he hoped the board would be able to start over either in late May or in early June. A new ordinance would have to go through the same process as the one being considered for repeal.

Township solicitor Mike Maddren would have to draft a new ordinance, which would then go to the Planning Commission and the Delaware County Planning Department for their reviews. After that would come an advertised hearing, and then a vote. Murphy said last month that he would like to have informational meetings first, to hear what residents want before the draft ordinance is presented.

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About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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