Corman: Land Transfer Will Not Happen This Year

(BELLEFONTE) – State Sen. Jake Corman (34th District) made the following statement regarding the status of Senate Bill 740 as amended in the state House of Representatives. The bill would transfer parcels of land located at the State Correctional Institute at Rockview to The Pennsylvania State University, Benner Township, the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, and Centre County and also let for competitive bid other parcels.

“After many public meetings, and meetings with local elected officials, environmental groups and advocates on either side of the issue to discuss the transfer nearly 1,600 acres near and around the Spring Creek Canyon, one of most compelling sound bites I heard at a July 30th meeting was, ‘plan first, divest second.’

The phrase, ‘plan first, divest second’, is compelling and effective even in its simplicity.

Late this summer, I asked Centre County’s leading environmental conversation group, ClearWater Conservancy, its opinion on passage of legislation authorizing the land transfers before completion of the Spring Creek Canyon Master Plan.

ClearWater Conservancy, in a letter to me, stated its preference that the Master Plan be completed before the final passage of legislation to transfer the land.

I agree with ClearWater Conservancy’s recommendation.

I promised the citizens of Centre County that I would hold a public meeting to discuss this land transfer when all of the information was available and an informed decision could be made.

We don’t have all the information at this time.

Because the Spring Creek Canyon Master Plan is not finalized, I have asked that no action be taken on the Spring Creek land transfers.

I appreciate all of the hard work that has gone into this effort by those individuals who are on either side of this issue. It is too important a project to subject it to a legislative session timetable that expires on November 30 when all of the facts are not yet in.

‘Plan first and divest second’ is a simple and fair assessment of where we should be on this land transfer.”

Senator Jake Corman, the Senate’s Majority Policy Chairman, represents the 34th Senatorial District, which includes Centre, Mifflin, Juniata, Perry and Union Counties.

Don Houser
Phone: 717 787-1377