Summary Report on Discernment for the Purpose of Land Use Planning

The Land Use Planning Subcommittee is charged with planning improvements to the grounds of Third Haven Monthly Meeting (THMM.) We have looked back at the Guiding Principles formed several years ago to help structure our work. Participants in that activity felt a strong commitment to preserving history while moving our Quaker Meeting forward to meet our future needs. We have discussed several important values that may help us in this endeavor. We present these to all THMM to discuss. First and foremost, we value our grounds and our natural environment and want our planning to enhance the beauty of our land and the sanctuary of Quaker values it represents.

As an initial step in this process, the committee reached out to members and attenders for responses to three queries. The queries and responses are listed below.

1) In what ways does your committee use the property and grounds now?
In general, members, attenders and the broader community use the grounds for the following activities:

The First Day School uses the entire grounds including woods, stream, parking areas and fields on a weekly basis during Sunday Meeting for Worship as well as for our nature based Summer camps. The activities include:

2) Are there barriers that prevent your committee's use of property and grounds as you would wish?
In general, responses indicated concern with safety and accessibility.

3) What uses does your committee envision for the future of the grounds?
In general, the responses indicated that members would like to increase the Meeting's use of the grounds with improved access, expanded opportunities and/or features, and assurance of safety and maintenance. The following ideas were put forth:

Additional thoughts on future uses:

Third Haven Friends Monthly Meeting is a member of Southern Quarterly Meeting of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friends General Conference of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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