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Land Preservation Committee (LPC)

Committee Members:

Chip Jones, Chair
Term to expire 12/31/2019

Shane Hadden, Vice-Chair & Secretary
Term to expire 12/31/2020

Susan Lacy
Term to expire 12/31/2022

John R. Stoltzfus
Term to expire 12/31/2023

Mike Zook
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 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 2019 meeting schedule (last revised May 9, 2019).

 

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)

Land Preservation Plan Update (January 2012)
Land Preservation Plan Update – Appendices (January 2012)

Land Preservation Plan (July 2007)
Land Preservation Plan – Appendices (July 2007)

 

“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.

Read more about the ASA by clicking here.

 

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 badbug@pa.gov.

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.

 

Summary of Preserved Land

Parcel # Located on Date Closed Method Acreage
22-10-2 September Rd. 7/14/1993 C/S 126.528
22-6-6.8 Pequea Av. 4/18/1994 C/S 37.544
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
22-10-46.1*, Grow Rd./ 2001 PP 47.5
22-10-46.2*, Streamfield La.
22-10-44.5*
22-10-40* Beaver Dam Rd. 2001 PP 47.3
22-5-4, Morgantown Rd. 4/25/2003 C 124.453
22-5-5,
22-5-13,
22-5-24
22-6-4.2, Mill Rd. 12/16/2005 C 79.65
22-6-21.1
22-4-47 White School Rd. 9/7/2005 TDR 10
22-4-50.1 Talbotville Rd. 9/7/2005 TDR 26
confidential Morgantown Rd. 12/20/2005 Private 17.9
confidential* Morgantown Rd. 7/31/2007 Donated 94.439
confidential S. Birdell Rd. 11/7/2007 Private 57.7
22-6-5 Walnut Rd. 12/10/2007 C 27
22-7-83 Cambridge Rd. 10/22/2007; amended 7/3/2008 C/CG/M 70.156
22-4-45 Talbotville Rd. 3/11/2008 TDR 22
22-7-84, Cambridge Rd./ 7/9/2009 C/CG/M 75.381
22-7-85, Park Rd.
22-7-87
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
22-7-49.1B
22-7-95.1 Horseshoe Pk. 5/6/2010 C/CG/M 64.477
22-7-85.1A Cambridge Rd. 9/20/2010 C/CG/M 87.582
22-5-25 Chestnut Tree Rd. 9/23/2010 C/CG/M 39.679
22-6-7 Pequea Av. 1/31/2011 C/CG/M 35.969
22-3-46 Twin Valley Rd. 6/21/2011 C/CG/M 124.89
22-7-60.2 Stoltzfus La. 6/21/2011 C/CG/M 53.89
22-7-60 Stoltzfus La. 6/21/2011 C/CG/M 60.09
22-7-61 Stoltzfus La. 6/21/2011 C/CG/M 54.95
22-4-35, Talbotville Rd. 6/21/2011 C/CG/M 46.61
22-4-36,
22-4-41,
22-4-57
22-9-21.3, King Rd. 6/21/2011 C/CG/M 87.88
22-9-27
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
22-3-37
22-3-33.1, Poplar Rd. 12/18/2012 C/M 63
22-3-35.2
22-6-34.1, Walnut Rd. 12/18/2012 C/M 119
22-6-36
22-10-8 Beaver Dam Rd. 3/25/2013 C/S 99.74
22-7-9.3 Suplee Rd. 6/26/2013 C/M 45
22-10-1.1 Compass Rd. 8/21/2013 C/M 69
22-9-19 Compass Rd. 9/19/2013 C/M 66
22-4-11, White School Rd. 12/13/2013 C/M, Private 80.49
22-4-47.1,
22-4-47.2,
22-4-77.1A
22-10-9 Beaver Dam Rd. 12/13/2013 C/M 47.34
22-4-67 Todd Rd. 12/13/2013 C/M 27.11
22-4-4.1 Welsh Rd. 4/11/2014 M/PP 63.639
22-7-95.6 Horseshoe Pk. 5/15/2014 C/M 42.77
22-5-22 Suplee Rd. 8/6/2014 C 70.46
22-4-3, Todd Rd. 8/12/2014 C/M 92.705
22-4-66
22-8-11, Forrest Rd. 9/10/2014 C/M 100.64
22-5-38,
22-5-37
22-9-19.1 Compass Rd. 9/16/2014 C/M 52.08
22-4-45 Given Rd 10/22/2014 C/M 92.276
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
22-7-46.1 Suplee Rd. 2/23/2015 C/M 33.066
22-4-3.1 Todd Rd. 3/30/2015 C/M 42.5127
22-8-22 N. Birdell Rd. 8/26/2015 C/M 20.9434
22-3-59 Horseshoe Pk. 9/3/2015 C/M 103.3
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
22-10-11 Park Rd. 9/20/2016 C/M/CG 64.46
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
22-9-28.1,
22-9-28.2
Beaver Dam Rd. 3/23/2017 C/M/CG 16.81
22-7-16 Horseshoe Pk. 9/17/2017 C/M/CG 70.61
22-8-33,
22-8-33.1
N. Birdell Rd. 11/9/2017 21.8894
22-8-16 Cupola Rd. 12/6/2017 C/M/CG 12.7
22-7-7,           22-7-12,          22-7-47,         22-7-48 Pleasant View Rd 5/21/2018 C/M/CG 61.083
22-7-50.1,
22-7-62
Pleasant View Rd. 11/1/2018 C/M/CG 83.63
22-4-70,
22-4-72
Maple St. 11/1/2018 C/M/CG 89.677
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
Key
C = county
C/S = county/state ag pres program
CG = challenge grant
S = state
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:  May 21, 2019.