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Perkiomen Township Ballot Question

Do you favor the sale of 17.13 acres of Township Open Space Land to the highest bidder for development in accordance with the provisions of the Elderly Residential zoning district with the sale proceeds going to replenish the Township Open Space account and the Township’s General Fund?PLAIN ENGLISH STATEMENTPerkiomen Township owns a 17.13-acre tract of vacant land located on Salem Road, next to Highland Manor, and close to the Maple Hill subdivision and the Township’s border with Schwenksville Borough. This tract was purchased in 2011 for open space purposes at a cost of $500,000.00, using revenue from the Township’s Open Space tax.The Township now believes that this land is not optimal for open space purposes and therefore desires to sell this tract to the highest bidder to be developed as Elderly Residential housing units consistent with its current zoning. Proceeds from the sale of this tract will be used as follows: the first $500,000.00 to replenish the Open Space fund for future land acquisitions; and, any excess proceeds will go to the Township’s General Fund.The Township Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission approve this plan; but, the Open Space Lands Act requires the Township to put this question to its electorate to determine if a majority of the voters participating in the November 7, 2017, General Election approve of this sale on these terms.
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