Shane Hadden, Chair
Term to expire 12/31/2020
Chip Jones, Vice-Chair & Secretary
Term to expire 12/31/2024
Term to expire 12/31/2022
John R. Stoltzfus
Term to expire 12/31/2023
Term to expire 12/31/2020
**Out of an abundance of caution, in an effort to curtail large group gatherings, the Regular meeting scheduled for March 17, 2020 has been CANCELED.**
The Land Preservation Committee was established in 2005 and the first meeting was held February 2006. The committee manages the Land Preservation Program and provides recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on the purchase of land easements. This is a five-member committee of volunteers.
The Land Preservation Committee meets six times per year on the odd number months. The first meeting in January is conducted at 8:00 am, followed by a Farmer’s Breakfast at 9:00 am which includes presentations on agricultural topics. The remaining five meetings are conducted on the third Tuesday of odd numbered months at 7:00 pm.* Click here to see the complete 2020 meeting schedule.
In the news!
Click here for information about the Township’s land preservation efforts in the Winter 2017 issue of the Brandywine Conservancy’s online newsletter, Environmental Currents.
Click here to read about Pennsylvania’s Farmland Preservation efforts. To date, 5,000 farms statewide have been preserved for agricultural production.
Click here to read about the Brandywine Conservancy grant from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation.
Click here to read about the latest grant made in July 2015 to preserve a Honey Brook Township farm.
Land Preservation Plan
Land Preservation Plan Update (January 2019)
“Return on Environment,” or ROE
The results of a study, Return on Environment: The Economic Value of Protected Open Space in Chester County, were announced during an Open Space Summit on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the Lenfest Center at ChesLen Preserve in Newlin Township. The study—and its accompanying video—highlight the proven and substantial economic, environmental, and public health benefits that open space preservation has provided to Chester County for the past three decades. For more information about the study, visit the Chester County Open Space website by clicking here.
Transferable Development Rights
Agricultural easements are not the only way by which landowners can protect property from development. Development rights may be moved from one property to another through the Transfer of Development Rights, or TDRs.
Read about TDRs by clicking here.
Click here to read a Q&A about TDRs.
Agricultural Security Area (ASA).
Before a farm can be considered for preservation, it must be part of the Township’s Agricultural Security Area (ASA). The Honey Brook Township Agricultural Security Area was established by Resolution 10-1988 and renewed with Resolution 7-1997. Other resolutions have added to the ASA over the years: Resolution 16-1991, , Resolution 2-2002, Resolution 8-2010, Resolution 9-2002, Resolution 1-2004, Resolution 2-2007, Resolution 6-2010, Resolution 8-2010, and Resolution 8-2012. The ASA is typically reviewed every seven years, and is in review in 2016. Want to know more about ASAs? Read this fact sheet provided by the Brandywine Conservancy.
Chester County Agricultural Preservation
Chester County preserved its 500th farm in late 2018, bringing the number of farm acres preserved to just under 40,000. In all, 136,000 acres have been preserved since 1989. The county has contributed more than $106 million toward farmland preservation. Agricultural easements may be eligible for farms totaling 10 acres or more if adjacent to permanently preserved land, or 50 acres for a state/county program or 25 acres for a Municipal Challenge Grant program.
Eligibility requirements may be reviewed here. The deadline for applications is August 1 of each year.
Other Farming Information
Click here for the Chester Delaware County Farm Bureau’s Farming Facts brochure.
Grants for Dairy Farmers
The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is accepting applications for the Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program (PDIP), established under Act 42 of 2018. Grants awarded under this program may be used for researching new technologies, products, and best practices; marketing to new domestic and international markets; exploring new business opportunities to diversify operations and revenue streams; transitioning to organic production methods; and incorporating or expanding value-added dairy production (cheese and yogurt, for example). Guidelines and applications are available by visiting the DCED website.
Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) Program
$10 in tax credits are available through the 2018-19 REAP program. Agricultural producers who install Best Management Practices (BMPs) or purchase equipment that reduces nutrient and sediment runoff are eligible to apply for tax credits of up to $140,000 per agricultural operation for 50-75% of the project’s cost for equipment delivered by June 30, 2019 or BMPs completed by June 30, 2020. The Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission administers the program. Click here for more information.
Spotted Lanternfly Information
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has issued information related to the Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula), an exotic insect pest native to China, India, and Vietnam. The Spotted Lanternfly was first found in Berks County in 2014 and has since spread to several surrounding counties. See the complete map of affected counties as of November 4, 2017 by clicking here. An updated map of Spotted Lanternfly distribution may be found by clicking here.
The Spotted Lanternfly can feed on a variety of over 70 plants such as grapes, cherries, maples, stone fruits, and the Tree of Heaven. For a chart of the signs of the Spotted Lanternfly, click here.
Other insects such as the Giant Leopard Moth and the Vigin Tiger Moth may be confused with the Spotted Lanternfly due to their appearance. When in doubt, report a suspicious moth to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the Penn State Extension website with extensive information about the Spotted Lanternfly by clicking here.
Visit the PA Department of Agriculture’s Spotted Lanternfly page by clicking here.
To stop the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has issued a quarantine for counties where the presence of this pest has been confirmed: Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, and Schuylkill Counties. Businesses operating in the quarantine zone must have permits to move equipment and goods within and out of the zone. Unsure if your business or organization is required to carry permits? Check the Penn State Extension’s online article for more information and examples of who is required to obtain a permit.
Penn State Extension and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture have developed a self-paced, online course to train designated employees how to comply with the quarantine. This course will teach the designated employees what they need to know about the spotted lanternfly through short, informative videos. They will learn the spotted lanternfly lifecycle and how to identify each life stage, what it likes to eat, and where it likes to lay its eggs. They will also learn how to find and destroy spotted lanternflies and their egg masses, best practices for working in the quarantine zone, and the best ways to eliminate spotted lanternfly from their property.
There are three sections in the course. Each section has a quiz at the end. Students will need to achieve a score greater than 70% on the quizzes in order to pass this course.
Once a designated employee passes this course, his or her company will receive spotted lanternfly permits for company vehicles. The designated employee must train fellow employees to work in the quarantine zone without inadvertently spreading these insects and endangering agriculture and commerce. Downloadable training materials, including PowerPoint presentations and fact sheets, are available in the course.
Questions about the permitting process? Email the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture at email@example.com.
Summary of Preserved Land
|Parcel #||Located on||Date Closed||Method||Acreage|
|22-8-7||N. Birdell Rd.||5/13/1997||S||96.266|
|22-5-39||Chestnut Tree Rd.||2000; amended 5/30/2008||Private||33|
|22-10-40*||Beaver Dam Rd.||2001||PP||47.3|
|22-4-47||White School Rd.||9/7/2005||TDR||10|
|confidential||S. Birdell Rd.||11/7/2007||Private||57.7|
|22-7-83||Cambridge Rd.||10/22/2007; amended 7/3/2008||C/CG/M||70.156|
|confidential||Welsh Rd.||12/17/2009||C/M, Private||67.816|
|22-7-29,||Pleasant View Rd./ Horseshoe Pk.||12/7/2009||C/CG/M||136.409|
|22-5-25||Chestnut Tree Rd.||9/23/2010||C/CG/M||39.679|
|22-3-46||Twin Valley Rd.||6/21/2011||C/CG/M||124.89|
|22-5-25,||Chestnut Tree Rd.||8/9/2012||C/S||29|
|(23-4-20 – West Nantmeal)|
|22-3-33,||Given Rd./Talbotville Rd.||12/18/2012||C/M||51.87|
|22-10-8||Beaver Dam Rd.||3/25/2013||C/S||99.74|
|22-4-11,||White School Rd.||12/13/2013||C/M, Private||80.49|
|22-10-9||Beaver Dam Rd.||12/13/2013||C/M||47.34|
|22-4-46, 22-4-48||Given Rd./ Talbotville Rd.||12/8/2014||C/M||73.443|
|22-8-17||N. Birdell Rd.||12/8/2014||C/M||92.72|
|22-8-22||N. Birdell Rd.||8/26/2015||C/M||20.9434|
|22-10-35*||Beaver Dam Rd.||9/22/2015||C/M||47.4054|
|22-7-49.1C||Pleasant View Rd||10/28/2015||C/M||56.913|
|22-4-69, 22-4-76||White School Rd.||11/5/2015||C/M||123.303|
|22-10-11.1, 22-7-89.1, 22-7-89.2||Park Rd.||9/16/2016||C/M/CG||43.41|
|22-10-44, 22-10-44.1||Beaver Dam Rd.||10/3/2016||C/M/CG||60.38|
|22-4-47||White School Rd.||10/6/2017||C/M/CG||95.02|
|Beaver Dam Rd.||3/23/2017||C/M/CG||16.81|
|N. Birdell Rd.||11/9/2017||21.8894|
|22-7-7, 22-7-12, 22-7-47, 22-7-48||Pleasant View Rd||5/21/2018||C/M/CG||61.083|
|Pleasant View Rd.||11/1/2018||C/M/CG||83.63|
|Total acres in HBT;||16,135||Total preserved acres||4,344.11|
|Acres of farmland||11,109|
|Percentage total land preserved||26.92%||Percentage farmland preserved||36.97%|
|Acres pending preservation||327.451|
|C/S||= county/state ag pres program|
|CG||= challenge grant|
|C/M||= county/ municipal ag pres program|
|PP||= preservation partnership|
|TDR||= transfer of development rights|
|Private||= non-profit or other|
|*||= RC district; not farmland|
Last update: March 13, 2020.