CHESTER COUNTY PRESS
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2019
East Marlborough hiring consultant to prepare new open space and recreation plan East Marlborough Township is taking steps to engage a planning service to prepare a new Open Space, Recreation and Environmental Resources Plan. Last month, the township began soliciting a company to create a strategy for identifying, acquiring and maintaining open space; identifying recreational opportunities; and identifying and cataloguing environmentally sensitive natural resources. The township’s Open Space, Recreation and Environmental Resources Plan was last updated in August of 1993. The Unionville Area Regional Comprehensive Plan was adopted in January 2011. The requested new plan will identify properties to protect for future use, and provide feedback on recommended strategies. The plan will be funded, in part, by a grant awarded in 2018 from the Vision Partnership Program (VPP) administered by the Chester County Planning
Commission. The goals for any new plan will adhere to guidelines set up previously by the township: – Provide water resource protection measures to maximize flood control, groundwater recharge and filtration, and to minimize the discharge of contaminants into the water resources of the region; – Protect historic resources as community assets; – Protect the principal land use in the region, farming, so that the agricultural heritage of the area can be maintained and agriculture can remain economically viable. – Provide sufficient land and opportunities for all basic forms of housing to be provided for all population groups in the community; – Provide a balanced mix of open space, parks, and recreation amenities that are integrated with natural and environmental resources, land
use and public service goals of the region; – Provide drinking water and sewer systems that are consistent with planned future land use patterns; – Promote environmentally sustainable stormwater management techniques that achieve local, state and federal regulatory objectives; – Provide for safe, environmentally positive, and scenic vehicular and nonvehicular circulation system. The township held a briefing meeting on Feb. 4 to answer questions from consultants, with help from representatives from the Chester County Planning Commission. Candidate interviews will be scheduled at a later date. The project will be awarded to the chosen firm during the Board of Supervisors meeting on March 4. The selected consultant firm will be required to lead a Plan Advisory Committee established by the township
and consisting of eight to 10 members in establishing goals for open space, park and environmental preservation opportunities in the township. In coordination with the Environmental Advisory Council, the consultant will update the existing inventory of natural and historic resources. The consultant will also evaluate opportunities for adding to the protected open space in the township, coordinating with the Chester County Agricultural Land Preservation Board. There will also be a review of existing recreational facilities. The consultant will identify the community need and benefits for additional facilities, exploring potential impacts on adjacent property owners or land uses. The consultant will evaluate bicycle and pedestrian connections, analyzing potential demand for multimodal corridors in the township.
The consultant will identify potential connected greenways, trails, open space, parks and critical community features, such as schools. Existing open space will be reviewed, including the Unionville Community Park and 26 acres on Route 82 that is slated to be donated to the township, to determine the best integration of these resources with the proposed plans. The implemantation strategy will include a list of prioritized projects, phasing, and planninglevel cost estimates for capital improvements. At least six public meetings will be held throughout the study process, each involving the Plan Advisory Committee. There will be interviews with stakeholders across the township, including the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District, the Unionville Recreation Association, the Kennett Area YMCA, Transportation Management Association of Chester County,
The Unionville Park will be part of the considerations as East Marlborough prepares a new Open Space, Recreation and Environmental Resources Plan in the coming year.
Chester County Facilities and Parks, BikeKennett and additional stakeholders identified by the Plan Advisory Committee. An online survey will also be utilized to get the most public feedback possible. The township expects that the project will take approximately one year to complete. More information will be posted on the township’s website, www. eastmarlborough.org. To contact Staff Writer John Chambless, email jchambless@ chestercounty.com.
Cantor’s Driving School now certified by PennDOT to administer driver’s road test
Cantor’s Driving School now offers the Pennsylvania driver’s license road test at its office in Chadds Ford after it was recently certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to administer the road test. The driver’s road test service is available as part of a package of driving lessons, or qualified student drivers can just take the road test at Cantor’s Driving School.
Road test results are quickly sent to PennDOT, so drivers that take and pass the road test can get their official Pennsylvania driver’s license quickly. And the learner’s permit that is stamped by Cantor’s Driving School after the road test is passed serves as a valid driver’s license immediately. Road tests start and end at the Cantor’s Driving School office location at 100 Ridge Road,
Suite 15, in Chadds Ford. All tests are administered in a Cantor’s Driving School car, and there is no pick-up and drop-off service for road tests. “Cantor’s Driving School is proud to be certified by PennDOT to be a third party driver’s license testing center,” said Frank Cantor, the owner of the driving school. “We provide convenience for new drivers
taking their road test in a friendly atmosphere for a better experience on their important test day.” There are many advantages and benefits to taking the driver’s license road test with Cantor’s Driving School, including the following: • Fast and convenient: There is no long wait to schedule a road test at the PennDOT testing center. Get tested within a few days.
• All road tests are done in a Cantor’s Driving School vehicles that are late model, mid-sized, and easy-to-drive cars with dual brake controls and valid insurance. • Friendly service with a family-owned driving school. To become authorized by PennDOT, the routes used for testing had to be approved, and road test examiners had
to complete rigorous training to become certified. Taking the driver’s road test with Cantor’s Driving School has all the same legal and documentation requirements that PennDOT dictates. As a PennDOT-certified, third party testing center, Cantor’s Driving School follows all of the regulations and guidelines as the PennDOT Driver’s Test Centers. Continued on Page 10A