Shane Hadden, Chair & Secretary
Term to expire 12/31/2020
Chip Jones, Vice-Chair & Assistant Secretary
Term to expire 12/31/2019
Term to expire 12/31/2017
John R. Stoltzfus
Term to expire 12/31/2018
Term to expire 12/31/2020
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 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 for the complete 2017 meeting schedule.
*Exception: The May meeting will be held May 23 due to conflict with the Primary Municipal Election.
In the news!
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.
Chester County Conservation District Manure Management Workshop
The Chester County Conservation District (CCCD) will hold a Manure Management Workshop at the Honey Brook Township Administration Building, 500 Suplee Road, from 9:00 am-3:00 pm on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Any equine and small livestock operation that generates or applies manure to the land is welcome to attend. Pennsylvania Regulations regarding manure management will be discussed, and attendees will be assisted with developing and completing their own written Chapter 91 Manure Management Plan. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided during the morning. Lunch will be provided for participants who stay to work on a manure management plan. Click here for more information.
To register, contact Benjamin Drover at 610-925-4920, extension 100, or e-mail email@example.com. When leaving a message or e-maling, please include your name, address, number of people attending, and a phone number.
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.
Read more about the ASA by clicking here.
Other Farming Information
Click here for the Chester Delaware County Farm Bureau’s Farming Facts brochure.
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|
|22-7-63.1, 22-7-64||Compass Rd.||3/22/2016||C/M||65.653|
|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|
|Total acres in HBT;||16,135||Total preserved acres||3,800.413|
|Acres of farmland||11,109|
|Percentage total land preserved||23.55%||Percentage farmland preserved||34.21%|
|Acres pending preservation||616.723|
|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 updated: March 20, 2017.