Consultants for a developer with plans to build a country club community in Wallace Township faced questions about the project's community impact recently during a hearing before township supervisors.Developer Albert M. Greenfield III plans to build Valhalla Brandywine on about 606 acres zoned industrial and flexible rural-residential.
The property is on both sides of Marshall Road between the intersections of Creek Road to the west and Little Conestoga Road to the east, and on both sides of Devereux Road between the intersections of Fairview and Creek roads.
In addition to a private country club and a private golf club, the plans include residences, a boutique-spa hotel, private and public guest suites, and private and public dining facilities.
At Tuesday's hearing, Greenfield testified his project will not have a casino or timeshares, and it will not be a retirement or gated community. He said he's committed to preserving historic structures and maintaining open space and rural character.
Russell Bodie from Audubon Environmental said he prepared an ecological review and a natural resource management plan for the developer's project. Audubon Environmental is a provider of environmental technical guidance to members of Audubon International's gold and silver programs, and Valhalla Brandywine seeks to be a member of the Audubon gold signature program, Bodie said.
Attorney Jordan Yeager, who represents about 66 concerned residents with the group Guardians of the Brandywine, cross-examined Bodie at length.
Residents have said they are concerned about this project's potential traffic, noise and environmental impact on their township. They also said they do not want Wallace's rural character to be destroyed.
Some residents have asked township supervisors if they will hire their own consultants to validate the testimony of the developer and his consultants.
At Tuesday's hearing, Supervisor Rob Jones said he wants another traffic expert to look at the plans. In particular, he said, additional research is needed about roundabouts because Valhalla Brandywine includes a proposed roundabout at the intersection of Conestoga, Marshall and Chalfant roads.
Cross-examination is expected to continue at three additional hearings set for Nov. 25 and Dec. 2 and 9.