Development Gets Conditional Approval

Posted: October 19, 1986

Preliminary plans for the 71-house Fairfield Hills development have received conditional approval by the West Pikeland Planning Commission.

Joseph Piccone of West Chester plans to build houses on 132 acres on Route 113 near Conestoga Road.

At a commission meeting Oct. 9, chairman Henry S. Bryans said he would recommend approval of the proposal to the Board of Supervisors if the plans showed a shortened cul-de-sac with correct storm-water drainage. The developer must also agree to use concrete-reinforced pipes for all the storm drains.

Before the meeting, the Fairfield Hills representatives apparently reached an agreement with The French and Pickering Creek Conservation Trust, an organization concerned about preserving open space and buildings in Chester County.

Henry Jordan, a member of the board of the trust, said Piccone agreed to give the group about 10 acres. Jordan said the land was "unbuildable" and was "one of the prettiest pieces of woods in the area."

In other business, members of the commission closely questioned Robert Champaine, who represented the Pike Creek Assocation. The association plans to subdivide 20.5 acres between Upper Pine Creek Road and the Pennsylvania

Turnpike into eight lots. The association will build houses costing about $300,000, Champaine said.

Robert Day, chairman of the Environmental Committee for West Pikeland Township, criticized the location of the driveway on the preliminary plans.

Carol Kustafik, who lives across the street from the proposed development, joined Day in opposing the driveway's location. She said she was worried about the possible removal of trees that line the road and about increased traffic.

Bryans and Day criticized the use of two barns on the property. Champaine had planned to rent out stables there, but Bryans said that he would no longer permit commercial use of the barns. He also said he didn't think that the 11 acres allotted for the horses was enough.

Bryans suggested that Champaine submit revised plans to the commission.

S. G. Souder Builders Inc. of Eagle, Pa., submitted a preliminary proposal to the commission. Engineer John H. Backenstose presented construction and drainage plans for the development of 189.6 acres at Byers and Eagle Farms Roads.

Karen Jehanian of Orth-Rodgers Associates in Philadelphia presented a traffic study that suggested widening Eagle Farms Road to 18 feet and creating two drives from the proposed development onto Eagle Farms Road.

The commission took no action on the sketch plans.

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