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LMRA

LMRA is a not-for profit association dedicated to preserving, promoting, and enhancing the quality of life in Lower Milford Township. We are not associated with any government, or corporate entity. We believe that a well informed resident when cooperating with other residents is the most powerful way to ensure a great Township to live in.

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We need your support to continue fighting for our quality of life. This year will be critical in our fight with Geryville Materials as they litigate the remaining Zoning Board Hearing and appeal the local decisions to the courts.

Renewing membership or joining early in the year, helps us plan our strategy for the remainder of the year

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Curative Amendment Challenge by Geryville Materials End Finally Resolved in Lower Milford Township

Supreme CourtThe Pennsylvania Supreme Court refused to consider Geryville Materials appeal of the Pensylvania Commonwealth Court affirmation of the Lower Milford Township Board of Supervisors denial of the substantive challenge to the ordinances of the Township related to quarry operations. This ends the ten year old battle to enable a 628 acre quarry at the West Mill Hill and Kings Highway property and preserves our ordinances. Only the application before the Zoning Hearing Board filed in 2009 for an 84.56 acres remains.

In November 2004, Geryville Materials filed a substantive challenge to the Township Ordinances which they claimed illegally hindered their ability to establish a quarry. They wanted a cure to the ordances which would enable them to build a 628 acre quarry. This clearly was an attempt to overturn our ordinances which residents rely on when purchasing, selling, and living in their homes. These establish conditions that permit good quality of life for the Twonship residents. It preserves wetlands, protects endangered species, makes sure water runoff does not endanger surrounding land, and sets conditions that can legally protect the environment. Geryville Materials provided testimony in multiple hearings for the next 8 years. In addition, they unsuccessfully sued the Township Supervisors trying to remove them from deciding on the challenge. Finally, on February 29, 2012, after weighing the evidence, the Township Board of Supervisors denied the substantive challenge because Geryvile Materials failed to prove that the ordinances were illegal. Geryville Materials appealed the decision which resulted in an affirmation of the denial by the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas and an appeal of that ruling was  denied by the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on June 18, 2013. Geryville Materials then appealed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Finally, on December 10, 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal and let the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruling stand.

This ends the battle to overturn our ordinances. This in essence ensures that Geryville Materials cannot have a free reign in destroying our valuable land. However, the fight still continues at the Zoning Hearing Board where Gerryville Materials filed an application for a much smaller quarry operation utilizing 84.56 acres. These hearings were halted while the Supreme Court pondered whether to hear the subtantitive challange appeal. The hearings should now resume in January with a much clearer definition of the limits Geryville Materials would have to meet.

This Supreme Court decision was great news for the Township. LMRA and the Township will continue to defend its ordinances against developeras who want to destroy property values, increase safety hazards, and endanger our environment. Thanks to the support of our residents,we believe we will prevail against Geryville Materials.

 

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