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Residents Fight Villanova's Zoning Change Proposal

Some say the proposal would have a negative impact on their quality of life.

A group of Radnor Township residents is fighting Villanova University's petition to amend Radnor's Planned Institutional zoning code as part of its plan to build new dorms, parking structure and performance center on its campus.

According to its website, "The Friends to Preserve Radnor  are residents of Radnor Township who have serious concerns about Villanova University’s proposed plan to amend the current Planned Institutional Zoning to provide for a new use with the Comprehensive Integrated College Development (CICD) Amendment."

"The result of this proposed Comprehensive Integrated College Development Amendment would have an extreme, immediate, and negative impact on the traffic, township density, noise and light pollution, environment, and the overall quality of life in our neighborhoods and our community," it continues.

An online petition has been created to urge Radnor's Board of Commissioners to deny the zoning amendment request.

The township's Planning Commission is meeting on Monday to discuss its recommendations regarding Villanova's plan.

John Wayne ______ May 14, 2013 at 02:33 AM
Villanova is generous how? I see Penn State kids raising money for kids with cancer all the time. Ultra-liberal Temple kids are always volunteering in the scariest parts of Philly. What exactly do Nova kids do for Radnor or surrounding townships? And FWIW, my family has lived in this region since the 17th century. It's idiotic to say Nova was here before todays residents, since none of us are 170 years old. But many of us in Radnor had family that had lived here since before Catholicism was even legal in this colony/state! If Nova wants to build an urban fantasyland, do so in an appropriately urban environment, like St. Joes, Temple, Penn, Drexel and LaSalle all do.
Radnorite May 14, 2013 at 02:38 AM
Gary- A search of the internet produced this: http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/media/pressreleases/2011/1220.html I enjoy working out at the Davis Center and I am pleased with the communication provided by the school. I know we are never going to see eye to eye. That is fine. I just think it is funny people throw spears at Villanova at every turn. I am pleased they are my neighbor. I fully endorse this development and hope it comes to fruition. I have seen what NIMBYism can do. All you have to do is head towards Swarthmore on the Blue Route and you will see what I mean.
Radnorite May 14, 2013 at 03:05 AM
Oh John, I am sitting back laughing right now as you so effortlessly reinforce a negative Radnor stereotype that I despise. It is all about you and what has Villanova done for you. Well, besides generous monetary contributions, they extend many perks to residents and students from neighboring schools. But, the truth of the matter, and this is why I comment on this story in particular because it strikes a nerve, Villanova does not need to serve your selfish interests to make an impact. In case you did not notice our town is doing pretty well when compared to other places around the country and world. So to answer your question, Villanova does more than most. Please dispense with the selfishness that makes us all look bad. Your lack of compassion and parochial views earn us all an undesirable distinction. See below to for what I am sure is just a fraction of the good those students perform. http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/media/pressreleases/2012/1119.html
Intheweeds May 14, 2013 at 12:20 PM
ummm.....you do realize that this proposed project would replace acres of pavement with smart, architecturally pleasing stone buildings and fully landscaped grass areas and plantings. It is de-urbanizing the environment. As to your ignorance about Villanova students giving back, Villanova hosts Pennsylvania's largest Special Olympics meet - staffed by students. Villanova has one of the larges chapters of Habitat for Humanity, staffing projects as local as Norristown, and as remote as Guatemala. There are over 30 student service groups at Villanova: http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/studentlife/lifeatvu/organizations/service.html
Intheweeds May 14, 2013 at 12:47 PM
What amazes me is that Villanova is looking to solve joint issues that it has and Randor has, and that is largely being ignored by this crazy opposition. Villanova wants 85%+ of its students on campus. Radnor wants students out of neighborhoods. Everybody wants less traffic. Everybody wants a safer, more direct crossing over Lancaster Ave. Nobody wants acres of paved parking lot, with zero engineered stormwater management. Everybody wants to maintain, if possible, existing green space. Nobody wants development adjacent to residential neighbors. Most would say that a $200 million investment in Radnor would help support Radnor's business community, and be a shot in the arm regionally. Let's summarize, this project first and foremost would eliminate thousands of daily person-trip commutes, and remove hundreds of cars by moving 1200 students to campus. 2100 off-campus residing students would become 900 - eliminating so much of the quality of life issues created by college kids in neighborhoods. Lancaster Ave would finally get a pedestrian bridge, eliminating a significant amount of the issues caused by pedestrian crossings. All of this accomplished by transitioning acres of a paved parking lot that has zero residential neighbors adjacent to it. This project should be DEMANDED by Radnor residents, not fought.


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