Cumberland Valley School board will withdraw its bid to take the McCormick Farm in Silver Spring Township by eminent domain, abc27 News has confirmed.
The school district wanted to purchase the 116-acre lot off Old Willow Mill Road to build a new school.
In the past five years, the district has welcomed around 1,400 new students. They are using some storage areas for classrooms.
There was intense backlash from the community. Some thought the plan to take the McCormick Farm set a bad precedent.
However, it was the passage of a bill that halted the district’s plans.
House Bill 2468 makes it difficult for government agencies to use eminent domain to take land set aside as open space or green space. The agency would have to get court approval before the process can be completed, which can be costly.
Gov. Tom Wolf signed House Bill 2468 into law on Sunday.
The school board must now find a new solution to its growing population.