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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
the VOICE January 22, 2013 at 04:45 PM
No one goes to those Meetings !
RHON January 22, 2013 at 04:46 PM
NOW this "Coalition" is going to meetings? NOW your all upset...you all could've goin to the meetings in the beginning (months ago) to express your feelings. NOW your all whinning for the township to do something.
Newtown Resident January 22, 2013 at 05:01 PM
The mobile home park is allowed on that site per zoning regs....If you are going to fight developer...you should look into setting up legal structure for your coalition in order to minimize your own personal legal and financial exposure.
Aldebaran January 22, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Well done County Builders! Now you have the board and the residents begging you to do what you wanted to do in the first place. Bullies win, as always. Nice lesson in manipulation and douchebaggery.
Dunacn January 22, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Funny, I am willing to bet that the majority of the people in these communities vote Democrat, and "believe" in the social engineering goals of that party, that is until it happens in their backyard!
Darrell Burns January 22, 2013 at 07:44 PM
There are actually democrats in Newtown. Have yet to meet one.
Frank B January 22, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Newtown Boro is actually over 50% registered democrats- not sure of the breakown in the Township
Man Landers January 22, 2013 at 10:04 PM
If you can't control your paranoia, your opinion becomes meaningless.
stating the facts January 23, 2013 at 01:07 AM
If the majority is not Dems then they vote like them - bleeding heart, pinko, Leftists. They think their progressive agendas are just terrific; equal housing, entitlement spending, green energy, abortion rights, etc. But let someone introduce a plan for modular homes, hospital &/or rehab center, windmill farms, abortion clinics; they sing the ol' song - "I really didn't mean it to be in my back yard. Can't you put it elsewhere? I live in Newwwwwtoown."
stating the facts January 23, 2013 at 01:12 AM
BTW, the "extensive network" of communities have plenty of their on trash. The only things missing are the pink flamingo lawn ornament, propane tank and the Ford F-150 pick-up truck up on blocks! That's right, they found their Shangralah and want the gates closed behind them.
Melf55 January 23, 2013 at 02:39 AM
I hope the developer follows through with the project just so the three blind mice (supervisors who voted against the town homes) realize they have a responsibility to treat people with a little respect. This whole mess could have been avoided. In a post last week Ciervo was suggesting we hire lawyers and form a coalition to fight the trailer park. The ironic thing is that we all pulled our money (called taxes) and hired people to represent our interests ( called supervisors) and fight our battles. Now we have to form a "coalition" to do what the supervisors should have done correctly the first time.
Enlightened January 23, 2013 at 09:41 AM
I find it interesting that this Coalition is wants to tell someone else how to legally USE their own land because they don't like how they are using it. Heads up, Newtown isn't the end all, be all. You don't get to control everything just 'cause you have a 18940 zip code.
Jeff Lugar January 23, 2013 at 12:23 PM
This whole thing smells of "we don't want poor people nearby"
Ed B January 23, 2013 at 12:43 PM
This is so entertaining. There are going to be townhouses on that property eventually. I am just gonna sit back and continue to watch the entertainment.
Ellen January 23, 2013 at 01:03 PM
I don't know why some posters hate Newtown and the people who live in Newtown so much. Most of the people in Newtown live in modest townhomes or small single family homes!
I_Still_Got_Both_My_Teeth January 23, 2013 at 02:31 PM
I ain't two sure why youze people is upsett. My new Newtown double-wide is gonna look reel nice next to doze udder houses their. I promise not two park my pickup on the lawn or the street unles my tires be flat...yippee freakin' kiyay! Newtown, here we come!
Man Landers January 23, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Pinko? Bleeding heart? Call your time capsule and tell it you want to go back to 1956. Your narrow, simple minded, Joe McCarthy fueled thought process belongs there too.
Brian January 24, 2013 at 12:45 PM
You people are unreal, living in your own diluted sense of reality. Just because you live in newtown does not make you any better then anyone else. Modular home communities do not bring trash, or low income housing. When the community is run right, with a strict set of rules you actually get hard working people, that want a place of thier own. These million dollar homes are just a status symbol and I would bet that more then 50% of the residents in those homes are champagne taste on beer pockets ! Just ask yourself this one question, does not everyone deserve the right to be a homeowner ??
pamela ann fitzpatrick January 26, 2013 at 11:53 AM
The root cause of this issue is that the former Roberts Nursery was rezoned for higher density. The precedent has been set. So I guess the question is for future development, is this the pattern set for the rest of the township...do you want the zoning to be rewritten for every applicant?
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 VOICE January 26, 2013 at 11:23 PM
That's Why So Many of the Boro Residents are weird !
the 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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