Top 5 Reasons to Rezone the Broomall's Tract
During the next week, Keep Media Green is going to present the top five reasons why Media Borough Council should rezone the 12-acre Broomall’s tract from Residential to Recreational. Reason # 5: Borough Council should follow its own plan. On July 16, 2015, Media Borough Council formally adopted the Media Borough Comprehensive Plan. The Borough’s Comprehensive Plan is a document designed to guide the actions of the borough in terms of transportation, utilities, land use, recreation, and housing. Media’s current plan is the result of a two-year process of meetings, interviews, and a public survey that gathered the aspirations and priorities of residents, civic groups, and business owners in order to set short- and long-range goals for the Borough over the ten-year period from 2015 to 2025. In focus groups, interviews, and surveys conducted by the architects of the Comprehensive Plan, residents consistently identified the preservation of open space as a top priority. In two different sections, the Comprehensive Plan clearly recommends that the BoroughCouncil consider rezoning the Broomall’s tract from Residential to Recreational for the purpose of open space preservation. “The consultants discussed several possibilities for Broomall’s Lake Country Club. This property is currently zoned R-2 residential which would allow the development of the property with residential uses. To protect the open space value of this parcel, a more appropriate zoning designation might be Educational/Recreation/Conservation (ERC).” [This zoning designation is now officially titled MERC (Municipal, Educational, Recreational, & Community).]
Land Use 2.14 “Consider Education and Recreation District (ERC zoning) for the Friends School/ Friends Meeting and all or a portion of Broomall’s Lake Country Club. Within 1-2 Years. Cost: Low.” We think it’s time for Borough Council to follow its own plan! Look for reason number 4 in our next post.
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