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Safety, Agriculture, Villages & Environment
Working for our community
S.A.V.E.'s mission is to preserve the quality of life and community character of southern Chester County through Smart Growth principles that support safe transportation, agriculture, villages & the environment.
Our vision is for southern Chester County to be an inclusive and sustainable community, characterized by protected rural countryside with growing vibrant urban centers that are connected by uncongested scenic roads and supported by efficient and effective infrastructure.
A proposal in 1997 to expand PA Route 41 by constructing bypasses, additional lanes, and grade-separated intersections led to concern about the direct and secondary impacts of such a project. Community members were alarmed that potential consequences such as sprawling development, loss of open space and farm land, and degradation to the environment were not being properly addressed. S.A.V.E. was founded the same year to develop and promote an alternative to this conventional approach to highway improvement.