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Neighbors Mobilizing Against Mobile Home Park

Residents of the Newtown Walk community are banding together to stop the proposal and Headly's board is hosting local officials tonight to discuss the project.

Residents near the Newtown Swim Club, where a 56-pad mobile home park has been proposed, are banding together in an attempt to stop the project from moving forward. 

In a letter distributed to homeowners of the Newtown Walk community, residents of that neighborhood say they plan to form a "non affiliated political action committee" and “use our clout to stop senseless developments which can destroy property values.”

Swim Club owner David Platt is working with County Builders to create a residential development on the 16.6-acre property on Newtown-Yardley Road once the club closes after this summer.  

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.

“It is our feeling in the community that a mobile home site will negatively impact property values,” the Newtown Walk letter states. "Ask yourself if you would pay for a premium carriage home if you knew there was a trailer park located less than one minute drive away?"

And it’s not just Newtown Walk residents that are expressing an interest in what replaces the pools and decking at the Newtown Swim Club.

The Headly Trace board is hosting members of the township Board of Supervisors tonight to discuss the mobile home park. Headly abuts the Newtown Swim Club and the mobile home park could be as close as 30 feet from that community. 

Platt and County Builders representatives came before the township Board of Supervisors in November with a plan for 52 townhomes. Because the property is zoned for single-family housing, a variance is needed to construct higher density townhomes.

The supervisors, by a 3-2 vote, decided to oppose the variance and send its solicitor before the Zoning Hearing Board’s review of the application. That vote enraged County Builders President Mike Meister, who threatened that as a result, he would bring the mobile home park proposal to fruition.

A mobile home park is a permitted use for that property under the current township zoning.

The mobile home park plans will come before the township’s Planning Commission later this month or early next month, Board of Supervisors chairman Mike Gallagher told Patch last week. 

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Kara Seymour January 09, 2013 at 05:33 PM
The user with with screen name JWorthington is not Jim Worthington of the NAC. I just spoke with him directly
Kara Seymour January 09, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Just to clarify, this user is not Jim Worthington
Kara Seymour January 09, 2013 at 05:45 PM
In the sake of transparency, I'd like everyone to know the user JWorthington has been deleted and his comments removed because he/she violated our terms of use (http://newtown-pa.patch.com/terms), which state it is not permissible to create user names pretending to be someone you're not.
Nancy January 09, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Hey - stating the facts - your facts are incorrect, the NAC sold that parcel September 2007!
CN January 09, 2013 at 06:22 PM
For those of you who live outside of newtown & have made comments like "thank god I don't live in Newtown" ... The feeling is mutual. Mind your own business. Quite frankly, unless you are contributing to property taxes in Newtown, no one cares what you think anyway! You are not relevant.
CN January 09, 2013 at 06:30 PM
Urbanfan.... Go back to Jamison and shut the hell up. If you had the facts, which you clearly don't, you would no that platts plans are nothing like the homes in Buckingham. You are comparing apples to oranges, however, that's what I would expect from a low information commentor like yourself.
Jen Ross Dix January 09, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Gerry, I think you are absolutely right. Sadly most people are not seeing the bluff and playing into the developer's hand. In the end, the two supervisors who voted to break our zoning and let Platt/Meister build more density will use the public outcry as an excuse to give in. Then they will paint themselves as heroes for saving Newtown from the "big bad trailer park".
Kara Seymour January 09, 2013 at 06:58 PM
well I did some research and the account was not created by someone with the last name Worthington.
stating the facts January 09, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Well let's put it in these terms. Fact: "Newtown Racquet" bought (in the 1980's) & owned the dilapidated house in front of Newtown Swim Club until 2007 . (Where the vulture was perched atop the other day.) Fact: In the 1980's, the Platt family sought a land development to expand, thus allowing for the expansion of the recreational use. Fact: They sought to enlarge the swimming facility and add an executive 9-hole golf course with driving range. Fact: PennDOT required an improved entrance to [then] Rt.332. Fact: The improvements would have preserved OPEN space. Fact: NAC (AKA/Newtown Racquet) opens its new field house expansion Jan '13 with the Water Park, bar & cafe to follow this summer. Fact: Now, the Twp. risks high density housing; be it trailers or rowhomes. Hmmm, it seams the vulture comes back to roost. Connect the dots; you'll see the big picture.
Linda Mitchell January 09, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Kara - thank you for clearing up the identity regarding the comment made by "JWorthington". It is frustrating and unfair when an identity can be misrepresented in this way and we know that Patch is very responsible about managing comments that are unfair, inappropriate or just plain misrepresentation. The overall subject of this article is bound to elicit a wide variety of opinions and the reading public is entitled to all of them. Unfortunately some comments go beyond stating opinions and venture into name calling and mean spirited statements of things that may have no basis in truth at all and are unrelated to the topic. Linda Mitchell - Dir of Marketing and PR NAC
MR January 09, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Like I said, I didn't think that Jim Worthington would actually make those comments...
MR January 09, 2013 at 07:40 PM
But I thought that the point of this website was for people to express themselves and share opinions. Last year it was noted that certain users had multiple identities that often contradicted themselves in the spirit of argument and that was okay. This JWorthington really didn't say anything wrong- they were just misinformed about the details of the conversation. I am noticing that their comments, and those attached as replies, have been deleted from this thread. I for one didn't agree with this individual's position, but deleting their comment is censorship!
Meade January 09, 2013 at 07:41 PM
If that's the case, then how does "JohnMcCriminal the 3rd" still have an account?
MR January 09, 2013 at 08:28 PM
It's pretty revealing. Patch obviously doesn't want to lose the sponsorship of Jim Wothington, who clearly has a lot to say about what goes on around here.
Kara Seymour January 09, 2013 at 08:41 PM
The user was deleted because he or she was pretending to be someone that he's not. Simple as that. And there is no NAC sponsorship of Patch. I handled the situation as I would for any person or business.
Jake the Snake January 09, 2013 at 09:10 PM
How does being rude, disrepectful and irrelevant contribute to this discussion?
andy levine January 09, 2013 at 09:41 PM
I will take back racism. Frankly, I really don't mean to imply that opponents are doing so because of racism. I think they are pissed at that particular use, notwithstanding that it was public knowledge.
wordsmith January 10, 2013 at 01:33 AM
I have had enough of these malicious, conniving comments. To JohnMcCriminalthe3rd: Stop it. Is this your legacy? To speak about your family this way? All families have issues but airing the dirty laundry out in public is usually not the best way to work through your problems. Give it a rest and move on. To JohnnyMcDouchebag: , you're the same person as JohnMcCriminal. What's up with that? Dude, get a therapist or better yet, your Daddy. I'm interested in learning the opinions of people who live in my community about this issue. I am not at all interested in your doublespeak about your family issues. It's creepy. Stop it.
Woosh January 10, 2013 at 08:50 PM
The Platt's should have had Jim Worthington apply for the variance. It would have been a done deal.
the VOICE January 11, 2013 at 05:17 AM
@ m: thats exactly the kind of thinking the builder wants to hear. I hope the this BOS stands up to a builder, not like the past BOS.
the VOICE January 11, 2013 at 05:29 AM
Hey LInda, we really don't want to hear you !
MR January 11, 2013 at 02:59 PM
I would have to agree that it seems quite unprofessional for the Director of Marketing and PR at the NAC to be contributing to these conversations in such a defensive manner. Particularly since we all know that you are being paid to express a certain opinion. I would think that staying silent is your best defense here...
Linda Mitchell January 11, 2013 at 04:18 PM
As the PR Director of the NAC, I do have favorable opinions and statements to offer regarding the NAC. As an individual, I also have opinions regarding the nature of some of these blog comments as being unrelated and mean spirited. I disagree that anything I said was unprofessional or overly defensive. I would also like to note that I posted with complete transparency, so that my statements could be seen in their proper context. Again, these are all opinions and you may see it as you wish.
See4yourself January 11, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Everyone should watch the supervisors meeting where the plans were discussed Nov. 28. See link below starting at 32:35 minutes. http://newtownpa.swagit.com/play/12052012-678
bill murphy January 13, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Well this took a turn.......
MS. JOAN RIVERS January 13, 2013 at 09:39 PM
let it happen. and bring them in.... my family and i moved out of newtown because of the fact that it is too stuck up. maybe if there was a different change of scenery people would start to value what they have instead of spending every last dollar on bmws and handing it off to their kids so that they can buy drugs.. nc 65 % of newtowns childrens are now drug addicts, so i think bring in the trailer park so people will consider their own lives more instead of getting into everyone else's buisness i know half of this made no sence but just need to vent about how everyone in that area are the most rude people ever. good day
Nancy January 14, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Joan Rivers - really. Good thing YOU moved out.
Jenny Ostrem May 26, 2013 at 08:23 AM
It must feel great to be so ignorant..I live in a mobile home, (after having owned 3 non-modular homes) , and have none of the above in my yard. I also have 2 degrees and served in the military. Any other ignorant comments you wish to make? BTW, I am a single 42 yr. old female with no children, (by choice), and probably have an annual salary larger than most people making such ignorant comments on this post. Ridiculous!
Jenny Ostrem May 26, 2013 at 08:30 AM
Urbanfan, I could not agree with you more. Some people have no common sense and enjoy stereotyping those who live differently than they do. Good response!
Jenny Ostrem May 26, 2013 at 10:10 AM
http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Tom-Shadyacs-Mobile-Home-and-Life-Now-Video_1

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