A public meeting for the Mineral Hill Area Master Plan will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 25, in the County Council meeting room, located in the Delaware County Government Center in Media.
Delaware County Council and the County Planning Department invite residents to attend the meeting to hear an overview of the study area and the master planning process for this valuable natural resource. Following an overview, attendees will be given an opportunity to provide comments concerning desired uses for the properties.
In 2010, Delaware County Council purchased a 46.2-acre Mineral Hill tract, which is part of the study area, famous among rock buffs for its wealth of stone specimens and crystals.
Delaware County and the three municipalities with property in the Mineral Hill area are
undertaking a cooperative effort to plan for future recreational use of the County’s Mineral Hill property and adjoining municipal open spaces.
The 123-acre Mineral Hill Area is located on both sides of Ridley Creek on the north side of Baltimore Pike just west of Media. It is comprised of the County-owned Mineral Hill property and Middletown Township’s Memorial Park on the west side of the creek, and Scott Park and township-owned Lavin Tract in Upper Providence on the east side of the creek.
Some of the land area is owned by Media Borough and is leased back to the municipalities as well as Aqua PA.
Natural Lands Trust (NLT), a local organization with extensive experience in land conservation, was hired to serve as consultant on the project. Funding for the plan was provided by a 50 percent matching grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), with a financial contribution provided by Aqua PA, and additional in-kind services donated by Natural Lands Trust and Delaware County.
A project Steering Committee made up of County staff, municipal officials, the Chester-Ridley Crum Watersheds Association, and representatives from adjacent landowners Elwyn Inc., PECO, and Aqua PA, is participating in development of the plan.
The study area has a number of unique and important environmental features, and is a source of drinking water for Aqua PA’s Media water treatment plant located on the south side of Baltimore Pike across from Memorial Park.
For these reasons, the plan will identify and map important natural resources, including geology, soils, topography, hydrology, vegetation, and other special characteristics.
Although the open spaces will be evaluated as one ecosystem to ensure environmental quality, increase public benefit, and limit redundancy, the planning process allows each of the municipalities and the County to recommend improvements most suited to their specific needs and desires.
The final product will be a written report including the properties’ location and context, an analysis of existing conditions, recommendations, and an implementation schedule.
The Master Plan will provide recommendations concerning stewardship of natural resources, appropriate park uses, trail system layout, site amenities, and possible pedestrian connections beyond the site. The amenities could include, but would not be limited to parking, signage, and recreational facilities. For information about the public meeting on the Mineral Hill Area Master Plan, contact the Delaware County Planning Department at (610) 891-5200.