Walkway Change Up To Developer

Posted: August 07, 1988

A group of Westtown residents will need the cooperation of a developer if they are to prevent the construction of a walkway behind their houses.

The 34 residents, who live in the section of the South Hills development between South New Street and West Pleasant Grove Road, have been fighting since June to prevent the construction of a 5-foot-wide walkway in a 25-foot right of way behind houses on Dunvegan Road and John Anthony Drive.

In a letter to township officials, solicitor Robert Adams said there ''could be valid reasons to justify the modification of the plan."

Planning Commission Chairman Kenton Stokes told the residents at a meeting Wednesday that because the walkway is on the approved plan for the 27-house third section of the development, the project's developer - R&S Developers - would have to submit a new plan that does not show the walkway.

"For the plan to be modified, the wrong people are here. We have to see the developer," Stokes said. "The big concern here is legalities. The walkway was approved a long time ago and recorded on the plan and in the deeds."

A petition signed by 34 of the residents opposing the walkway cited their main objections. They are concerned about the possibility of unsavory people walking into and out of their neighborhood, they fear a loss of privacy, and they are worried that the walkway might aggravate water runoff problems.

Carol Everhart, the group's unofficial leader, said she would set up a meeting with the developer to discuss creating a new plan.

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