ENVIRONMENTAL AND HISTORIC RESOURCES PLAN
West Pikeland Township is widely noted for its extensive scenic landscapes of green pastures, wooded
stream valleys, historic villages and farmsteads. It is the collection of these resources that defines the
unique rural character so valued by the Township residents. Because West Pikeland is not directly accessed
from Route 30 and Route 100, the major transportation corridors through the region, it has been spared the
intense development pressure that municipalities in closer proximity to these corridors have faced.
Although a significant amount of new development has occurred during the past two decades, it has not yet
obliterated West Pikeland’s rural landscapes. The Township recognizes that in order to protect the
environmental and historic resources as development occurs, regulatory measures that prioritize their
protection, and the preservation of historic context, must be adopted and enforced.
This plan element presents a series of recommendations that addresses the protection of environmental and
historic resources while simultaneously allowing carefully planned new development to occur. The
recommendations in this chapter are intended to complement those contained in Chapter 11, Future Land
Use and Housing Plan, and to encourage the use of growth boundaries to focus new development in
locations where it can be supported, thereby preserving key environmental resources.
The goals and objectives identified in this comprehensive plan, along with the analysis of the applicable
inventory data, form the foundation for the policy recommendations that follow. The Township’s
environmental and historic resource protection goals and objectives are:
RESOURCE PROTECTION GOAL:
Protect those natural, scenic and historic resources that contribute to the unique character of the
Evaluate the Township’s environmental and historic resources protection regulations to ensure they
Facilitate preservation of