NEW GARDEN—New Garden Township is working to develop an official oap. Adopting an official map was a priority recommendation from the 2018 Comprehensive Plan Update and could play a pivotal role in the township’s efforts to preserve open space, expand the trail network, and revitalize Toughkenamon.

An Official Map is a combined map and ordinance that expresses the township’s interest in acquiring land for a public purpose. Public purposes for which the land may be needed may include public parks, playgrounds, and open space reservations, trail network, future road connections, and other infrastructure needs. There are 18 municipalities in Chester County, including neighboring Kennett and London Britain Townships that have adopted an Official Map.

In one of the largest acquisitions to date, supervisors last month approved funding for the purchase of the 137-acre St. Anthony in the Hills property at a pr4ce of $1.5 million. However, due to safety, the public will not have access to it just yet. Officials plan to address this issue at future meetings. Funding comes trom the township's Open Space Fund.

If no agreement is made within that period or the township decides that it does not want the land, the owner may precede with other development plans (in accordance with township Ordinances, of course!). The Official Map is in no way an attempt to condemn or otherwise “take” someone’s land.

In one of the largest acquisitions to date, supervisors last month approved funding for the purchase of the 137-acre St. Anthony in the Hills property at a price of $1.5 million. However, due to safety, the public will not have access to it just yet. Officials plan to address this issue at future meetings. Funding comes from the township's Open Space Fund.

The township will be providing more information, providing numerous opportunities for public input, and implementing this important tool in 2019.

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