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Council OKs 300-Home
RPC in Overbrook Area

By ERIC MAGILL
SC Online Publisher

GEORGETOWN -- Sussex County Council approved a major development in the Overbrook area north of Lewes at its regular meeting on Tuesday, April 30, 2002.

The rezoning from AR-1 and GR to MR-RPC will allow the developer, Ocean Atlantic Associates V LLC, to build 300 mixed-use dwelling units with a commercial area for the 103.08 acres southeast of Route 88, approximately 400 feet southwest of Route 1.

The 5-0 vote will allow Ocean Atlantic to build 162 single-family homes, 42 duplexes and 96 multi-family units with a maximum of 300 units.

The county's Planning and Zoning Commission had earlier recommended approval of the development with 18 stipulations.

Council struck one of those stipulations that would have limited the developer to 100 units per year before reinserting the stipulation later.

Council also reduced the amount of commercial space from 2.5 acres to 1.5 acres and added a condition that the commercial area be limited to retail uses that do not serve alcohol.

Ocean Atlantic originally asked for 324 units with 24 apartments, but council agreed with the Planning and Zoning Commission's recommendation that there be no apartments.

Sewer Resolutions Approved ...

Council unanimously approved several resolutions regarding proposed sewer projects in the Ocean View area.

Council approved new boundaries for the proposed South Ocean View Sanitary Sewer District as well as a referendum date for the proposed district.

The referendum will be held from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2002, at Lord Baltimore Elementary School.

Assistant County Engineer Russell Archut told council that a public hearing on the proposed district in February drew 75 people with no one expressing objections to the project.

Council also approved a resolution to extend the boundary of the Ocean View Expansion of the Bethany Beach Sanitary Sewer District to include parcels on Central Avenue west of Ocean View in the Woodcrest subdivision.

In Other Business ...
  • The May 7, 2002 council meeting will not begin until 10:30 a.m. due to the annual council prayer breakfast earlier that morning.

  • Councilmen George Cole and Dale Dukes were nominated as the council representatives on the Sussex County Land Trust Foundation board of directors. Council approved a partnership with the foundation that will cost the county more than $1 million to purchase land in the county for the preservation of open space.

  • Council heard a brief presentation from the Delaware Fair Housing Coalition regarding its new Sussex County office at 1 West Market St. in Georgetown. 854-9768. fair housing coalition. funded by hud. education and outreach relative to fair housing in sc. tenants, landlords, realtors, bankers, mortgagors, insurers. has offices in wilmington and dover and now new office in georgetown. educate people on what fair housing act is and if complaints legitimate, will help with complaint.

  • Council approved the circulation of petitions for a proposed streetlighting district for the Saraglen Acres subdivision. The 41-lot subdivision's property owners' association requested that the county take the street lights over. The subdivision is located south of Milford on Route 1. The petitions will be used to determine the cost of establishing and serving such a district to the property owners.

  • Councili approved beneficial acceptances for wastewater facilities in two developments in the Ocean View Expansion of the Bethany Beach Sanitary Sewer District -- Providence Ltd. and South Hampton, Phase IV. Providence, developed by Robert Harris, contains 64 dwelling units off West Avenue. Phase IV of the South Hampton RPC, also being built by Harris, consists of 54 single-family units in front of the Bethany Meadows subdivision.

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