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Coalition Forms to Stop Newtown Trailer Park

Residents of the following communities are involved in the effort to stop the trailer park: Headley, Newtown Walk, Wilkshire Walk, Kirkwood, Villas of Newtown and Raintree/Windermere.

An “extensive network” of local communities have formed a coalition to prevent a 56-pad trailer park from coming to the Newtown Swim Club once it closes after this summer, Headley resident David Wagner said.

Wagner, a Headley Community Homeowners Association board member, said the group will do whatever it takes to stop the trailer park from coming to the neighborhood.

Residents of the following communities are involved in the effort: Headley, Newtown Walk, Wilkshire Walk, Kirkwood, Villas of Newtown and Raintree/Windermere. The nearby office park and several real estate companies are also involved, according to Wagner.

“We are united in our attempts to have the builder, Mike Meister of County Builders, and Dave Platt of the Newtown Swim Club withdraw the 56 single-wide pad trailer park proposal,” Wagner said. “We are asking the Township Supervisors to work out a plan in which townhomes can be built instead.” 

The application for a mobile home park was submitted after the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors shot down a plan for townhomes because it exceeded the housing density permitted in that zoning district. Since then, board member Matt Benchener has said he would now support the townhome plan in light of the trailer park proposal.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Mike Gallagher said Tuesday morning that he had not heard from County Builders and there was no indication of plans to resubmit the townhome proposal. County Builders has not returned a request for comment from Patch.

Wagner said the HOAs of the various communities are distributing petitions to oppose the trailer park. Those petitions will be presented at Wednesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, he said. “We are encouraging all our respective homeowners to attend that meeting as a show of solidarity,” Wagner added.

The communities have held their own planning meetings, Wagner said. So far, four meetings have taken place. “All have been very well attended, averaging 35 to 45 residents.”

If the effort to bring the townhome plan back to the table fails, Wagner said the group will continue to do what it takes to stop the trailer park from coming to Newtown.

“In the case of an unfortunate event such as the builders proceed with their plans for the trailer park, we will continue to fight this as far as it will go. There will be no diminished effort on our part regardless of the length of time it takes. We are too committed for that to occur.”

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Related links:

  • Trailer Park Plans Likely to be Reviewed by Township at Feb. 5 Meeting
  • Neighbors Mobilizing Against Mobile Home Park
  • Community Reacts to Mobile Home Proposal
Harry January 26, 2013 at 12:45 PM
Don't know why all the zoning concessions have everybody up in arms. It's a pattern that's been repeated over and over again since Newtown has grown from a sleepy historic small town to the cookie cutter sprawl seen everywhere. We've lost the uniqueness long ago. At least we still have the boro.
pamela ann fitzpatrick January 26, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Restore integrity to the process.
MR January 26, 2013 at 04:03 PM
This has nothing to do with political affiliations- what a ridiculous perspective. The individuals who live within the vicinity of the site in question are simply acting to protect the value of their investments, which they have every right to do since the BOS initially did not. The proposed mobile home park is entirely out of character with the other developments in that area and would have a negative impact on property value; there is no getting around that fact and it is exactly why the builder used it as a "threat" against the board. So, for all of you who keep trying to disparage against the coalition, perhaps you should look at the builder who intentionally picked a mobile home park as a device to incite this type of reaction from the community. He is fully aware that a mobile home park does not conform to the neighborhood and would have a negative impact on property value and that is precisely why he is using it as a method of intimidation.
the REAL VOICE January 26, 2013 at 11:23 PM
That's Why So Many of the Boro Residents are weird !
the REAL VOICE January 26, 2013 at 11:29 PM
And the BLUFF goes rolling and gathering more comments to the builders satisfaction !

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