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What Your Neighbors Are Saying

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Upper Gwynedd Township Commissioners want to waste your tax dollars to condemn 33 acres of private land that has been with the same family for three generations.

Instead, the commissioners should accept the owners’ offer to receive a substantial portion of their land FOR FREE.

Upper Gwynedd Taxpayers, tell your commissioners: “Please DON’T WASTE TAXPAYER DOLLARS when you can have a substantial portion of the same land for free.”

What's the issue?

Township commissioners are planning to use your money at no real benefit to Upper Gwynedd residents and families since many of these acres could be acquired for free. The condemnation of this tract of land would deplete the township’s budget reserves by millions of dollars and would mean raising taxes for other projects such as the community center or for emergencies. Additionally, the commissioners’ plan to condemn the land, would burden taxpayers with an expensive lawsuit, rather than prioritizing funds to pay for other services

What is land condemnation?

What will it mean for you?

Upper Gwynedd is considering spending millions of tax dollars to condemn extra land that they could have for free. Despite this time of severe economic stress, Upper Gwynedd Commissioners are threatening to waste millions of taxpayer dollars to condemn 33 acres of private land on the corner of Allentown and Broad Street. The commissioners’ choice is clear: waste taxpayer money or save taxpayer money and acquire a sizeable portion of the same land for free.

Land condemnation is the acquisition of privately-owned land by a municipal government. It comes at the cost of millions of taxpayer dollars and has never been part of Upper Gwynedd’s way of operating. The township historically engages in good faith negotiations with landowners to acquire land.

Township commissioners are planning to use your money at no real benefit to Upper Gwynedd residents and families since many of these acres could be acquired for free. The condemnation of this tract of land would deplete the township’s budget reserves by millions of dollars and would mean raising taxes for other projects such as the community center or for emergencies. Additionally, the commissioners’ plan to condemn the land, would burden taxpayers with an expensive lawsuit, rather than prioritizing funds to pay for other services

 
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The township has been offered a substantial portion of the land for free. Commissioners should accept this offer and use the donated portion of the land to create open and recreational space for Upper Gwynedd families if that is what they want. 

The Martin family has offered a sizeable portion of their land to the township at no cost. The remaining parcel would be used to help the township deliver an age-targeted community that is needed to provide Upper Gwynedd residents and families with more options to remain in the township. A plan like this would help the township meet as much as 20% of the housing targets set in the Comprehensive Plan.

The Martin family has lived in Upper Gwynedd Township for three generations. They have been committed to serving this community, generously offering many acres of their land to the township for free. This is a non-political and non-partisan issue for the family and relates solely to private ownership of real estate.  

Is there a better alternative?

Why would property owners give their land to the township for free?

Who is the Martin Family?

The township has been offered a substantial portion of the land for free. Commissioners should accept this offer and use the donated portion of the land to create open and recreational space for Upper Gwynedd families if that is what they want. 

The Martin family has offered a sizeable portion of their land to the township at no cost. The remaining parcel would be used to help the township deliver an age-targeted community that is needed to provide Upper Gwynedd residents and families with more options to remain in the township. A plan like this would help the township meet as much as 20% of the housing targets set in the Comprehensive Plan.

The Martin family has lived in Upper Gwynedd Township for three generations. They have been committed to serving this community, generously offering many acres of their land to the township for free. This is a non-political and non-partisan issue for the family and relates solely to private ownership of real estate.  

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