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Turnpike Slip Ramp

John Martin letter to
Editor, Daily Local

John Martin wrote the following letter to the editor of the Daily Local News. The letter was published on the Opinion page of the March 27, 1999 issue of the paper. Sally Willig's letter to the editor has not (yet) been published.
Dear Editor:
The headline "Commuters say slip ramp is necessary" (DLN, March 20) was grossly misleading. I attended the second session of the Chamber of Commerce's forum on the slip ramp and your story should have been about the level of disinterest by commuters.
Nearly 500 people attended the turnpike's information session on Feb. 25 at Great Valley High School, with overwhelming opposition to the ramp in Charlestown. Yet, at most, 50 attended, (combined amount for both sessions) the forum on March 19 - and some 20,000 persons are employed at the Great Valley Corporate Center. Furthermore, only one or two persons in my session spoke in favor of the ramp. Most questions were by opponents.
As a former Charlestown supervisor for 18 years (1978-1995) and now on the Charlestown Zoning Hearing Board, I am dismayed at the failure of the newspapers to report on the land planning issues concerning the proposed slip ramp in Charlestown. Both the Chester County Planning Commission and a majority of the Chester County Commissioners oppose this ramp due to land planning issues. They have stated that the ramp is in direct conflict with "Landscapes," the county comprehensive land use tool.
I believe your newspaper has advocated regional planning as a defense against urban sprawl, but why should township officials engage in such planning when the Turnpike Commission possesses czarist powers to march into well-planned townships and overturn their zoning, since any slip ramp or interchange will generate additional development pressures and eventual "down-zoning."
John C. Martin

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