Thursday, May 9, 2013

Delaware bicyclists urged to help save The Valley


More than 750 acres of woodland and farmland west of 202/Concord Pike on the PA/DE border are at stake. This area, known locally as "The Valley" but formally as "Beaver Valley", is known for its immense beauties, recreational wonders, historic significance, and ecologic values. The land at stake adjoins the newly recognized National Monument in Delaware and Chester County. Developers are attempting to purchase this land and change zoning laws so that it may be bulldozed and built upon before the remainder of the land joins our new National Monument. This land is currently owned by the Woodlawn Trustees. Don’t let the name fool you. The Woodlawn Trustees have every intention to develop this land. The only thing stopping the development is the current zoning. However, these developers are trying to change the zoning so that they may bulldoze the land and build almost a thousand houses and a big box retail store.

Trails wind throughout the 771 acres and have been used for generations by hundreds of walkers, runners, horse and bicycle riders, and nature lovers in general. The property is currently agricultural with several horse farms, open fields of hay for local stables, a winery and vineyard, woodlands, and streams which feed the Brandywine river and our local water table.

The Beaver Valley property also has immense historic significance. Located less than 2 miles from the famous Brandywine Battlefield, the Delaware County Planning Commission said that the area has “high potential” for archaeological resources given that it has remained undeveloped since the Township’s founding before 1683. In addition, there are intact historic structures, some of which date to the early 19th century, and the remains of many historic structures, all of which developers plan to bulldoze.

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