Sunday, February 24, 2013
Toll Brothers failed to meet a condition of its land development approval, stoking Willistown supervisors' wariness about the development.
Back in October, Willistown granted a land development request to Toll Brothers for the second phase of its Applebrook Meadows development, contingent on eight conditions. The one condition tacked on at the last minute—a third-party perc test—proved to be a sticking point for the developer. At its Feb. 11 meeting, Toll Brothers representatives were back before the Board of Supervisors with an upgraded, costlier water management plan, again seeking land development approval for Phase II, which would add 53 new houses on the way to a total of 138. Instead, they got a pop quiz and were told their request would be tabled pending review by the township solicitor. Alyson Zarro, who represented Toll Brothers at the meeting, said the new plan …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The Willistown Township Supervisors said Monday night that Woodlawn Garden Center had not gone through the necessary steps to sell wine.
The Willistown Board of Supervisors denied a conditional use application that would have allowed Woodlawn Garden Center to sell wine at its location on Paoli Pike. Woodlawn's owners Dave and Rebekah Laughlin Bowser were planning to open a "wine garden" in partnership with Kutztown-based Blair Vineyards. In a 3-0 vote Monday night, the supervisors rejected the garden center's application, based on a recommendation from the township solicitor. "They did not go through the proper channels. They did not fulfill the requirements that everybody has to do," board chairman Bob Lange said. In an email sent before the decision, Rebekah Laughlin Bowser said they had received an approval letter from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, but still …
Monday, October 15, 2012
The second stage of the Toll Brothers project will add 53 new homes in Willistown Township.
The Willistown Township Board of Supervisors gave conditional land use approval to Toll Brothers to build 53 new homes in the second phase of the Applebrook Meadows development. Follow Malvern Patch on Facebook and Twitter. At its Oct. 8 meeting, the board said Toll Brothers must meet eight conditions to move forward with the project: Applebrook Meadows, located near Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital off Line Road, will eventually include 138 units in three phases. In 2011, the township approved the first phase of the development, which included 54 homes. Lighting waiver The board also approved a lighting waiver, allowing the developer to include less lighting than is required by township ordinance. The lighting will be consistent with phase one of…
Monday, October 8, 2012
Toll Brothers plans to build 139 luxury homes near the intersection of Line Road and Paoli Pike.
At its Monday night meeting, the Willistown Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on approval of the second phase of a large residential development on the township's western edge. Applebrook Meadows is a Toll Brothers development located off Line Road south of Paoli Pike. The full, three-phase development plan calls for 139 new units in a "luxury carriage home community," according to the Toll Brothers' website. Thirty-six of the homes have already sold. The Oct. 8 meeting will determine whether the project continues to expand to its planned size, according to the meeting agenda (PDF): In 2011, the board voted 2-0 to approve Phase I of the project, which included 54 homes, 36 of which have since sold. Supervisor Robert Lange abstained…
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
The cabin on Grubb Road has fallen into disrepair.
The old Boy Scouts cabin on Grubb Road in Willistown is headed for demolition. The Board of Supervisors voted 3-0 at its July meeting to spend up to $8,500 to tear down the building, which sits on township-owned land south of Colonial Way and General Wayne Elementary School. The building has fallen into disrepair and disuse, as Troop 78 now operates out of a new cabin on nearby Mill Road.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Norman MacQueen had a few seconds of screen time while attending the Republican National Convention.
Willistown viewers of Ann Romney's Tuesday night speech at the Republican National Convention might have noticed a familiar face. During PBS NewsHour's coverage of the speech, township supervisor and local GOP chair Norman MacQueen was featured in one of the crowd reaction shots. See the video on the program's Youtube account or skip to 17:45 in the embedded video above.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Willistown officers were recognized for catching a bank robber, apprehending a screaming gunman and saving the life of a heart attack victim, among other feats.
Editor's Note: The awards night was held Monday, Jan. 23. Sorry for the delay in coverage. The Willistown Board of Supervisors meeting was once again the setting for the townships annual police awards ceremony. Click through the slideshow of the 2012 honorees, who are also listed below. Letters of Commendation: Commendation of Merit: Distinguished Unit Citation: Life Saving Award: Citizens: Officer of the Year: 20 Years of Service: Retirement Award:
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Willistown supervisors voted against the garden center's appeal for exemption from certain nuisance laws.
At its organizational meeting Tuesday, Jan. 3, the Willistown Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to reject Main Line Garden's request to be included in the agricultural security district. The designation would have exempted the garden center from nuisance laws, including those addressing excessive noise and smell. Residents who live in the area have complained about loud trucks, dirty air and unhealthy soil caused by the business. None of the interested parties were present at the time of the vote, as the 7 p.m. meeting had been advertised on the township website as beginning at 7:30 p.m. After the meeting concluded, several neighborhood residents and a representative from Main Line Gardens arrived to find the supervisors had concluded…