Concerned citizen groups launched numerous organizations advocating for the referendum.
One such group is the Vote Yes to Save Crebilly political action committee. Adam Kapp of Westtown designed the website. He said the township was once covered in rich farmland, but the rural character has been lost due to development.
While he said more housing overall is a good thing, Kapp added that Crebilly Farm is the last of its kind and as such has a special role to play in the future.
“Thinking back to my childhood so far, I can already notice changes that I think are linked to climate change. And I think it’s really important locally, more important than ever, that we stay focused on how we can reduce emissions and reduce our footprint,” Kapp said.
With torrential rains becoming more common in the region, Kapp and Werner both pointed out that open spaces play an important role in stormwater management.
“Preserving Crebilly as an open space – as a regenerative natural space – is one of our best chances, I think, to really reduce our footprint and have a sustainable future for the residents of Westtown Township” , Kapp said.
Vote Yes to Save Crebilly uses its website to educate the public about the benefits of preservation, explain referendum language, and argue that buying Crebilly will be cheaper for the township in the long run.
Pomerantz called himself “fiscally prudent,” but he said the municipality could afford it. He believes it will be a challenge to pass the referendum. They only have a few months to capture the public’s attention.
“A referendum is the equivalent of a political campaign, but you are not running against anyone. You must educate and inform the public about the factors involved, why you are doing it, [and] what the additional tax costs will be,” he said.
He also finds it difficult from the perspective that he is a chosen one who is careful not to put his thumb on the scales. However, he doesn’t want to look back on that time and wonder what could have been.
“It’s a beautiful, beautiful property that you don’t think it’s going to be [here]. Why here in Westtown? Well, it happens to be in Westtown. And I think that’s part of this amazing opportunity,” Pomerantz said.