Trailer Park Facing Opposition on Facebook

A Facebook page, No Newtown Mobile Home Park, was started Sunday. As of Tuesday morning, 29 people have liked the page.

Newtown residents have taken to Facebook in their fight against a proposed trailer park at the Newtown Swim Club property.

A Facebook page, No Newtown Mobile Home Park, was started Sunday. As of Tuesday morning, 29 people have liked the page.

"No Newtown Mobile Home Park is here to take a stand for residents of Newtown, PA opposed to the proposed plans for a mobile home park," the page describes itself in the "about" section.

The application for a 56-pad trailer park was on the Planning Commission agenda for Feb. 5, however that review was postponed due to a scheduling conflict on the part of the applicant, County Builders. Instead, a continuance was requested.The Planning Commission review has not yet been rescheduled.

The township is still awaiting word from VanLuvanee regarding the probability of County Builders resubmitting plans for townhouses on the 16-acre property instead of a 56-pad trailer park. 

According to Board of Supervisors Chairman Mike Gallagher, township solicitor Jeffrey Garton has reached out to County Builders to see if it would again consider a townhome plan instead of a trailer park.

The application for a mobile home park was submitted in December after the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors voted to send its solicitor to the Zoning Hearing Board to defend the township's zoning regulations with regards to County Builders' 52-townhome proposal.

The townhome proposal required a variance because it exceeded the housing density permitted in that zoning district.

Board members Rob Ciervo, Matt Benchener and Phil Calabro voted in favor of sending the solicitor to represent the township. Since then, in response to the community’s outrage over the trailer park proposal, board member Matt Benchener said he would now support townhomes. 

VICTORIA MILLER February 26, 2013 at 08:38 PM
they were not born. they was hatched.
xb mike February 27, 2013 at 04:37 PM
ditto here think they are better on the other side of 413 and gas is like 25 cents more in snobtown.
Concerned citizen February 27, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Everyone deserves a nice place to live. However, we didn't buy our home in Newtown only to watch the value to go down because of the lack of foresight of the board of supervisors. I wonder if they would be so anxious to allow this to be build next to the homes of the members of the town supervisors. They let the old Acme building languish for years effecting the surrounding properties. Now they are going to allow another problem in our town. If they allow this trailer park to be build claiming "their hands are tied" we should all vote all of them out next election.
Nancy J Ferguson March 01, 2013 at 02:00 AM
Prejudice or justified opposition? Where do we get our information that a mobile home park decreases the property value of surrounding single family homes. There is just one study I am aware of-aA study in 1999 (Munneke and Slawson)attempted to determine if selling price of surrounding homes were affect by mobile home parks. Consideration was given to single family home sales prices, size of living space, and age among others. Even when controlling for these variables, the location of a home between 0 and .25 miles from a mobile home park had a 5% negative effect on the sales price compared to homes between .25 and .5 miles from a park. Homes further than 0.27 miles were unaffected. The current technology of mobile manufactured is not much different from modular housing. Some parks require their new homes to have such design amenities as shingled peaked roofs, lap siding and other features that make them look like conventional houses. Inside they have may have amenities similar to conventional houses, like natural wood finishes, eat-in kitchens and skylights. The vast majority of people living in these manufactured homes are not transient, nor do the trailers themselves come and go on a whim. Mobile-home parks are a blessing to the seniors and the young families that don’t have two incomes or don’t have high incomes. Maybe this last is the most valid in Newtown.
18940 March 04, 2013 at 08:00 PM
Including you? Hate Newtown so much that you subscribe to The Newtown Patch? The feeling is mutual.


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