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New Development Proposal - February 28, 2018

posted Feb 28, 2018, 6:12 PM by Stop Judd   [ updated Mar 1, 2018, 10:59 AM ]

Dear Northampton Residents,

On November 28, 2017 Judd Builders, a wholly owned subsidiary of The DePaul Group, at a public meeting at the Fuge, presented two different sketch plans of proposed housing development of all 185 acres of the Spring County Club Property, owned by Spring Mill Associates, a wholly owned subsidiary of The DePaul Group. One Sketch Plan proposed 138 housing units and the other Sketch Plan proposed 254 housing units (click links to see related sketches).

A considerable number of the residents of Northampton Township are adamantly opposed to the wholesale development of the Spring Mill Country Club property. The Concerned Residents Group has secured over 2,000 signatures (1,361+ online and 640+ on hard copy) on a Petition to Stop Development of Spring Mill Country Club.

Members of the Concerned Residents Group met with representatives of Judd Builders and The DePaul Group in January and February in an effort to find an alternative to having the entire Spring Mill Country Club Property developed for housing.

We are pleased to report that The DePaul Group has offered an ALTERNATIVE PLAN that is acceptable to and strongly endorsed by the negotiating members of the Concerned Residents Group. 

This ALTERNATIVE PLAN (called the “Preferred Plan” in the Memorandum of Understanding) is memorialized in the attached MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING, which also includes associated attachments, and is offered and signed by Mr. Peter DePaul, Chairman of the DePaul Group.

As you can see from a review of The DePaul Group ALTERNATIVE PLAN there are many benefits to this PLAN versus fighting/litigating a full site development application. The benefits include…

  • Limited disturbance to surrounding properties as the ALTERNATIVE PLAN has new housing abutting a minimal number of existing homes
  • The ALTERNATIVE PLAN retains the Golf Course and Clubhouse in total with no housing development/construction on these 155 acres of the Spring Mill Property
  • Reduced impact to rush hour traffic and to the School District as the ALTERNATIVE PLAN product offering will have floor plans that offer first floor as well as traditional second floor master bedrooms, thereby appealing to the move-down/empty nester buyer (in other Judd developments with this product 60% -75% of buyers were over 60 years old).
  • Based on a Study provided by the Township Traffic Consultant, the Northampton Township Planning & Zoning Director has provided the Concerned Residents with the below traffic comparison which shows the ALTERNATE PLAN of 175 Townhouses to have a lower traffic impact than the R-1 138 Single Family Home Plan…



Site Vehicular Trip Generation (1)

Description

Size/ Units

Daily

Weekday AM Peak Hr

Weekday PM Peak Hr

Saturday Midday Peak Hr

In

Out

Total

In

Out

Total

In

Out

Total

Townhomes (2)

175

1,282

19

62

81

61

36

97

78

78

156

Single-Family Homes (3)

138

1,398

26

77

103

87

51

138

72

62

134

(1)     Trip Generation Manual, Tenth Edition.

(2)     Based on the equations for ITE Land Use Code 220: Multifamily Housing (Low-Rise).

(3)     Based on the equations for ITE Land Use Code 210: Single-Family Detached Housing


  • The Spring Mill Golf Course can remain as the home course for the Council Rock South and Villa Joseph Marie Golf Teams 
  • The ALTERNATIVE PLAN provides the Township with additional tax revenue with minimal costs to the Township
  • The MOST IMPACTFUL benefit of the MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING is the commitment to place, concurrent with the receipt of Zoning Changes, Permits and Approvals to allow commencement of the housing development, a CONSERVATION EASEMENT on the Deed of the Spring Mill Club Property that it is to remain zoned as RECREATIONAL GREEN SPACE in PERPETUITY!!! This zoning would pass along to all future owners of the property 
  • Therefore, the Township and its residents would receive a RECREATIONAL GREEN SPACE for all the generations to come at NO COST to the Township or its residents. 

However, the DePaul Group ALTERNATIVE PLAN requires Zoning Ordinance Modifications on a portion of the Spring Mill Country Club Property. These Zoning Ordinance Modifications will have to be requested by The DePaul Group at a Public Hearing conducted by and voted on by the Northampton Township Supervisors.

As you can see from a reading of the related MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING the implementation of the ALTERNATIVE PLAN and placement of the CONSERVATION EASEMENT is contingent on the receipt of Zoning Ordinance Modifications by the DePaul Group

To secure the Zoning Ordinance Modifications The DePaul Group will have to provide to the Northampton Township Supervisors at a Public Hearing convincing evidence of strong and widespread support of the Northampton Township residents and the support of the Spring Mill Membership.

In an effort to secure evidence of strong and widespread level of support, the details of the ALTERNATIVE PLAN and the MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING will be published to nearby residents by direct email and to the general Township population via newspapers, etc. in an effort to secure countersignatures to the MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING on the attached COUNTERSIGNATURE FORM.

All Northampton Residents are asked to print the related COUNTERSIGNATURE FORM complete it as required and either email a pdf of the completed form to zemnickron@gmail.com , or fax it to 215-952-0263, or mail it to or drop it off at 424 Foxcroft Drive, Ivyland, PA 18974. 

Also, please alert any Northampton Township residents that you know and solicit their support (non-residents have no standing in the Zoning Hearing and, therefore, would provide no assistance to this cause).

Time is of the essence, so please follow through on the above request ASAP.

Thanking you for your support in this matter.

Ron Zemnick

Northampton Resident Since 1990


Original Introductory Website Letter - December 7, 2017

posted Feb 28, 2018, 6:07 PM by Stop Judd   [ updated Feb 28, 2018, 6:09 PM ]

Please help us save Spring Mill Country Club from development. 

At an informational meeting on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Judd Builders, a division of DePaul Group, owner of Spring Mill Country Club (SMCC) proposed a development of 45 single family one acre houses (R-1 zoning), 59 single family ½ acre houses (R-2 zoning),150 townhomes (R-3 zoning) for a 254 total houses crammed onto the Spring Mill property.

The Supervisors are in control of what gets approved or rejected so communicating your opinion to them is important!! 


There were approximately 225 concerned residents at the November 28th informational meeting and 50 more were turned away because the meeting room was filled beyond capacity. 


The residents voiced their concern, many of them vehemently, about traffic, storm water, protection of wetland areas, loss of green space, impact costs/fees for sewer system, schools, police, fire department, etc.


The Supervisors heard us loud and clear but they need to hear more!!!

STEP 1: If you have not already done so, please sign the Petition available at the below link.  It will be shared with the Northampton Township Supervisors:

Please sign our petition on Change.org!


STEP 2: Let the Supervisors know directly how you feel about the potential development of Spring Mill. Send an email to all of the below email addresses with a brief statement of why you don’t want Spring Mill to be developed:


bmoore@nhtwp.org;   esilver@nhtwp.org;   fodonnell@nhtwp.org;   krose@nhtwp.orglweinstein@nhtwp.org

STEP 3: Enlist more support!! Forward this website to Northampton Township friends and neighbors and ask them to do the same.

Thank you for your help!!

Letter from a township resident to our Supervisors, January 7, 2018

posted Jan 7, 2018, 11:55 AM by Stop Judd   [ updated Jan 7, 2018, 11:58 AM ]

The following letter was sent to each of our township supervisors.  The author's name has been withheld but they have asked that we share their message to the community.  If you would like to share your own opinions directly with our supervisors please contact them using the information available in this link:  Northampton Township Website.

If you would like your opinions to be shared with this community please forward to contact@keepspringmillgreen.com.


As a resident of Northampton Township for 20 years, I’m writing to you to express my interest in saving Spring Mill Country Club in favor of cultivating this close-knit community and the historical charm of Northampton Township.

To provide some background, my father first joined Spring Mill in 1989 simply to play golf. But over the years it has become one of the most unique parts of Northampton Township. ‘Country club’ and ‘unique’ are two words that rarely go together, but Spring Mill’s offerings are so much more than a standard country club. They provide affordable spaces for weddings, celebrations, and the countless bar/bat mitzvahs that I attended as a teenager; low-cost mini-golf and driving range opportunities that allow everyone to participate; and affordable fitness centers. They also are one of the few remaining dining establishments in the area that have a ‘regular’ crowd, where everyone is always welcomed. Clearly, Spring Mill’s offerings go beyond a standard 18-hole golf course in providing a sense of community for Northampton Township.

In reading up on Northampton Township’s history, I noticed an interesting description of what the community was like centuries ago:
“Life was never dull for farmers or their counterparts on the farm. Activities included big political parades and Memorial Day parades to the local cemetery, church and school picnics, serenades of banging pots and pans at the homes of newlyweds, carnivals and dinners at the firehouse, chautauquas when people gathered to enjoy plays, reading poetry, and listen to and partake in discussions, and of course, the trips to and competition in the county fairs. Today, many landmarks have changed or disappeared, and new activities have replaced the old."

Closing Spring Mill would only contribute to a township that is in danger of losing its historical presence, seemingly made up of identical developments. Though one could argue that the DePaul Group would provide affordable housing to families in the area, there is certainly no dearth of such a concept in Northampton Township. For example, the Village Shires Community Association provides cost-effective housing to thousands of residents.

There are many more objections I have to closing Spring Mill, such as:
  1. It would hurt commuters who rely on the already densely-trafficked Jacksonville Road as a way of getting to Warminster Regional Rail Station in the morning- such as myself. I was informed that a traffic study took place, but not at peak traffic times.
  2. This would generate a larger carbon footprint in a local environment that is prided on being sustainable by building hundreds of homes and thereby inching towards more pollution.
  3. Northampton Township would lose valuable green space in a community that is defined by its rich farm history.
Though I am upset by the developers’ plans, I have confidence in knowing that my elected supervisors have similar values as this community. Spring Mill is a beautiful woodsy area, a special place for Northampton Township.

Archive: Northampton Township Supervisors Highlight Spring Mill Country Club

posted Dec 26, 2017, 10:23 AM by Stop Judd   [ updated Dec 26, 2017, 10:26 AM ]

On August 16, 2015, former Township Supervisor George Komelasky hosted a video report about Spring Mill Country Club and its facilities.  See the video here:

Supervisor video about Spring Mill Country Club


Upcoming Northampton Township Board of Supervisor's Meeting

posted Dec 10, 2017, 8:27 PM by Stop Judd   [ updated Dec 10, 2017, 8:30 PM ]

The next Township Board of Supervisor's meeting is scheduled for December 20th, 2017 at 7:30 PM in the large meeting room of the Township Administration Building:
Administration Building
55 Township Road
Richboro, PA 18954

Each meeting has a formal agenda followed by an opportunity for the public to comment.  Please come to this meeting, sign in and share your thoughts during the public comment session.  The Supervisors meet each month, so if you cannot make this meeting please plan to come to next month's meeting.  The full meeting schedule can be found here:  https://www.northamptontownship.com/government/meeting-schedule.aspx

Township Administration Building


Sign the petition to stop development of Spring Mill Country Club

posted Dec 7, 2017, 6:37 PM by Stop Judd   [ updated Dec 7, 2017, 7:51 PM ]

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