When you look out your window, when you drive to work, when you glance at your tax bill, the case for open space preservation has been made. Friends of Worcester's mission is to preserve open space and conserve our rural and historic heritage. Municipalities throughout the area are acting forcefully now to stop uncontrolled development. Some have arrived at the point of action too late – their communities are forever marred by the worst of suburban sprawl. How can we avoid this in Worcester?
Worcester Township is at a crossroads. The farms and woodlands that make our community unique are also the magnets that attract developers. We are one of the last remaining municipalities within a 40-mile radius of Philadelphia that is still green. We are in this position because of the strong leadership and foresight of the supervisors who served our community for many decades. Slow, deliberate decision making was appropriate in the past. But in the last decade, Worcester has almost doubled in population. We are among the fastest growing municipalities in Montgomery County.
The time to preserve Worcester is now. Our historic houses, our farms, and our scenic roads will not be here much longer if we do not act to protect them. By using available township funds, we can act now to preserve open space. We need to take advantage of the funds available from county and state land preservation programs. In addition, Worcester needs a historic protection ordinance that encourages developers to preserve and re-use historic houses, not tear them down. We need a commercial ordinance that requires developers to build villages, not big box stores and strip development. We need residential development to be planned for the benefit of the entire township, not just the developer.
At this moment, we have a choice. We need to have proactive, responsible leadership to keep Worcester green. We must not continue to stand by as developers destroy our farmland and our historic buildings. We must take advantage of the tools that are available to make sure Worcester remains a green community for future generations.