Local News Chadds Ford

Fighting gerrymandering in Pennsylvania

A depiction of how districts may be unfairly drawn.

A group fighting gerrymandering in Pennsylvania has found some champions in Harrisburg. The group is Fair Districts PA, and one of the champions is state Rep. Eric Roe, R-158, of East Marlborough. Roe addressed a Fair Districts PA meeting at Unionville High School Thursday night. He spoke about HB 722, a bill he introduced with state Rep. Steve Samuelson, a Democrat ...

 
 

Board honing school budget

Property owners in the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District will know in six weeks what they'll be paying in school property taxes for the next school year. But before that happens, school board directors must settle on a proposed final budget. That will happen next week, on May 15. During the board's May 8 work session, directors reviewed three possible proposed ...

 

Prepping for the primary

The 2017 primary election in Pennsylvania is a week away and local elections on the township level, as well as elections for school board and district judge are drawing the most attention. The race with the most candidates is for district judge in the Kennett Square area. There are five candidates seeking the nomination for judge in District 15-03-04. They are David ...

 

ChesCo Commissioners endorse Circuit Trails

The Chester County Commissioners this week signed a resolution endorsing the completion of the Circuit Trails network, a connected system of multi-purpose trails located in the greater Philadelphia area that, when complete, will comprise more than 750 miles of trails in the region. Chester County is the first of the nine counties in the region to formally endorse the ...

 

Proposed PRD changes in Chadds Ford

During a hearing on a proposed new ordinance for planned residential developments in the township, Chadds Ford Supervisors' Vice Chairman Samantha Reiner said, "A PRD is like trying to park a blimp in a bicycle space." Reiner explained after the meeting that PRDs have grown out of the original intent. “With the possible exception of Ringfield, what we’ve seen over ...

 

Royal Farms decision delayed

It will now be June before Concord Township Council releases its decision on the Royal Farms conditional use hearing. The decision was expected last night, but the township and applicant agreed to an extension. Concord held the hearing April 18, and state law requires a decision within 45 calendar days after the close of the hearing. That 45-day period would end June ...

 

Groups save Beaver Valley

The long trek to save Beaver Valley has come to the conclusion conservation groups had hoped for. A consortium of organizations succeeded in raising the needed money to keep the former Woodlawn Trustees tract from being turned into a large housing development. “We raised $8 million just in the nick of time and now 240 acres in Concord Township are on their way to ...

 

Long road leads to trail opening

Grateful Dead fans might say “what a long, strange trip it’s been.” Fans of The Beatles might lapse into “The Long and Winding Road.” But people who are into walking trails are likely to say, "It's about time." Saturday marked the official opening of the Harvey Run Trail in Chadds Ford Township. It was a project done in conjunction with the Brandywine Conservancy and ...

 

Traffic counts almost done in Chadds Ford

Chadds Ford Township engineer Mike Schneider gave the public a quick update on the traffic counts along several intersections in the township. Schneider said the work is almost complete and the township should have all the data by May 5. The counts are in reaction to the approved commercial development at Route 202 and Ridge Road in Concord Township at its border ...

 

Royal Farms hearing concludes

The waiting has begun on whether Royal Farms will receive conditional use approval for a convenience store in Concord Township. Township Council concluded last night the evidentiary portion of a conditional use hearing on the proposal and now has 45 days to decide. Royal Farms wants to put the store — with gasoline service — on a 1.4-acre lot in the split on Route ...

 

No change in CF sign law yet

Business owners in Chadds Ford Township likely shouldn't expect any change in the township sign ordinance anytime soon. The Planning Commission Wednesday night voted against recommending what commission Chairman Craig Huffman referred to as a "piecemeal change" in the temporary sign ordinance. The vote came after a meandering discussion regarding a proposed change. ...