About 300 residents attended the January 13th Marple Planning Commission meeting, and so many wished to speak in opposition to Goodman’s Cardinal Crossing proposal that nearly 20 people were still standing in line to speak when the meeting adjourned at 10:30 PM.
UPDATE: December 27, 2015 "Delco's terrible air quality"
The board and the township engineer had many comments to offer as to why "Woodland Preserve" was wildly inappropriate. It was also pointed out that even "by right" zoning allowances are not necessarily what developers can squeeze from a development when all environmental constraints are considered.
More than half of Pennsylvania's legislators scored miserably on their environmental votes over the 2015-2016 legislative session, according to the recently published PA Environmental Scorecard. By doing so, they violated the oaths they took to uphold the Pennsylvania Constitution.
What the Archdiocese should understand is that we’re in this for the long haul. We have consultants, attorneys, a good source of funding, and an army of volunteers ready to fight to save this last forest of eastern Delco, for years if necessary.
Bruce Goodman has decided to press on with his plans to clear cut the last big forest in central Delaware County. Instead of incorporating Delaware County Planning Department's recommendations to preserve the important natural features of this forest, he’s come back with essentially the original CC plans.
UPDATE: May 12, 2016 "Marple's commissioners reject Cardinal Crossing"
UPDATE: July 23, 2016 "County Council blocks open space bond referendum"
UPDATE: January 18, 2016 "Nothing is ever a done deal"
The huge turnout which filled two large rooms in the basement of the Marple Township Building at
the December 3rd planning commission meeting was more proof of how much opposition there is to Goodman’s “Cardinal Crossing” proposal.
Hundreds of Delaware County residents came out to Marple Newtown High School on a miserable rainy and cold night to see another installment of the Cardinal Crossing saga. There was even entertainment value, too, as several supporters of the developer inadvertently revealed their motives.
UPDATE: December 6, 2015 "Seeing through the greenwash"
UPDATE: October 12, 2017 "This approach would save the forest and raise tax revenue"
Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Green ordered the Concord supervisors to conduct “evidentiary” hearings to ascertain the “effect the development will...have upon...the property and associated natural, historic, and scenic resources” thus setting a precedent for Delaware County and Pennsylvania.
The Marple Township Commissioners heard the Cardinal Crossing presentation , heard their constituents , and put their foot down to protect Marple’s quality of life. In saying no, they affirmed that they would not change the zoning on the site.
UPDATE: December 26, 2016 "Eminent Domain would protect our quality of life"
Saving the Don Guanella forest is not a new or even controversial idea. Delaware County’s own planning department has been calling for its preservation for almost a decade. In light of this longstanding conservation concern, it is imperative that Marple and Delaware County jump at this conservation opportunity.
UPDATE: April 30, 2016 "Marple planners harpoon the Cardinal Crossing leviathan"
UPDATE: March 14, 2016 "We can have fields and the forest"
The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970 and yet, nearly 50 years later, we're still facing dire environmental threats. If we are to have any hope of achieving sustainability and convincing commercial interests to protect our "common home," we need institutions like the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to show us the way & lead by example.
UPDATE: June 13, 2016 "An open space bond would stop the bleeding"
If Sunoco can use eminent domain to lay a dangerous pipeline across people's property, then our county government should use it to protect our health, our quality of life, and to head off future tax increases that will surely come if the Archdiocese is allowed to cut down the forest. We can pay a little now, or a lot later on.
UPDATE: November 5, 2016 "The Beaver Valley decision's impact on Don Guanella"
UPDATE: April 22, 2016 "An open 'Earth Day' letter to Pope Francis"
Sadly, Delaware County Council will not be moving us into the company of every other county in the region by allowing voters to decide on an open space bond referendum. Ten regional counties surrounding Philadelphia have allowed their voters to decide whether to incur debt to save open space. Delco will remain an outlier.
UPDATE: March 26, 2016 "Rejection of Sudhop proposal has important implications"
UPDATE: August 5, 2016 "Moving Forward"
This fight to save Marple’s last forest has been fraught with false choices. “Either we get Cardinal Crossing’s few acres of soccer fields or we get no soccer fields at all.” “Either we get Cardinal Crossing or we get a tax exempt hospital.” The actual choice is between protecting our environment or not doing so.
Five Save Marple Green Space representatives met with County Council members John McBlain and Mario Civera on Friday to talk about what we can do together to preserve the woods behind Don Guanella. The County has signaled that they want to see the forest protected...
UPDATE: October 5, 2016 "It's their constitutionally mandated duty"
How hypocritical is it for us to ask other countries to protect their forests when we won’t summon the courage to do the same here at home? If a poor country like Brazil can protect tens of thousands of square miles of rain forest for the good of the planet, then comparatively wealthy Delaware County can save a few hundred acres.
A recent report by the American Lung Association (ALA) contained some very bad news for Delco residents who care about their health. According to the ALA, Delaware County ranks 17th from the bottom among U.S. counties for its poor air quality. That's 3,126th place out of 3,143 counties in the U.S.
UPDATE: April 11, 2016 "Cardinal Crossing is back, and it's just as bad as before"
UPDATE: August 8, 2016 "What the Archdiocese and developers should understand"