Tredyffrin Supervisors Vote to Amend Sidewalk Requirements- Finally

The vote was 5-2, with Bob Lamina and Paul Olson dissenting. After more than two hours of contentious discussion, Tredyffrin’s Board of Supervisors adopted a clear ordinance amendment on September 19 that requires sidewalks on certain busy roads. It only took three separate public hearings, a year-long study and recommendations by the supervisor-appointed Sidewalk Subcommittee and months of vetting by the Planning Commission before the measure was brought to a vote. You can watch the meeting here.

The amendment will apply to future subdivision or land development plans near schools, train stations and town centers. See the proposed map here.

The sidewalk saga began almost 2 years ago when BOS Chair Bob Lamina acknowledged the Board’s error in voting to return escrow funds to St. Davids Golf Club. That decision was “reversed and rescinded” a month later, but the matter of the 6-year old commitment by St. Davids to build a sidewalk remains unresolved.

Read Supervisor-at-Large candidate Molly Duffy‘s vision of a more safe, walkable community.Planning Commissioner and Sidewalk Subcommittee chair, Tory Snyder, posted this response to the sidewalk ordinance on her website. Tory is a Supervisor candidate in the eastern district.

Also,read Alan Thomas’ recent article in the Suburban and a letter from resident Bill Bellew criticizing Lamina’s “Washington-style” tactics during the public hearing.

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