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Council OKs Multi-Family
Project at Golf Complex

By KERIN MAGILL
SC Online Content Editor

The Sussex County Council on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003, approved plans for 128 townhomes and 18 duplexes off Route 1 near Lewes.

The homes will be located on 44 acres southeast of Sussex Road 283 (Postal Lane) and southwest of Route 1.

The county Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the rezoning of the property from agricultural-residential to medium residential/residential planned community, on Nov. 14, 2002.

Donald Derrickson is the developer for the project, which will be part of the Heritage Inn and Golf Club complex.

The status of the golf course was the major topic of the council's discussion. Council member George Cole, R-Cedar Neck, expressed concern that residents might not have access to the land now occupied by the golf course. "If you're living on that site, there ought to be some linkage" to the "open space" now occupied by the golf course, Cole said.

But council member Vance Phillips said to Cole, "you're trying to equate open space with the ability of everyone to have access," while the term "open space" technically only refers to the lack of development on the land.

A condition on the rezoning stipulates that the land now occupied by the golf course would remain "open space" even if it were to cease to be a golf course.

County Administrator Robert Stickels said this is the first golf course to be put under such a restriction, "but we should be doing this with all the golf courses."

Even County Attorney James Griffin weighed in on the subject. "I don't think it's up to the council to tell the applicant how he's going to sell the project," Griffin said.

The council approved the rezoning unanimously, although Cole said he still had concerns that the open space stipulation is not clear enough for future councils and planning and zoning commissions.

Council president Lynn Rogers said he is worried about the project's impact on already heavy traffic on Route 1.

Council to Hold First Night Meeting

Sussex County Council goes "prime time" on Tuesday, Aug. 19, when the council holds its first night-time meeting. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m and will be held in council chambers at the County Administration Building on The Circle in Georgetown.

The second evening meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 16. If public hearings are scheduled for the night meetings, they will begin at 7:30 p.m.

In Other Business ...
  • The county council introduced two ordinances dealing with agricultural land. One would allow agricultural-related industry as a conditional use in the agricultural-residential zoning district. The ordinance also defines agricultural-related industry and deletes conflicting language. The other proposed ordinance would allow bio-tech industry and bio-tech campuses in the agricultural-residential district and defines both terms.

  • The council gave a $7,500 to the Delaware Community Foundation.

  • Council heard the following proposed ordinances:
    • Conditional Use No. 1523, for multifamily homes on 2.48 acres in a medium-residential zone in Baltimore Hundred;

    • Conditional Use No. 1524, for multifamily homes on 23.52 acres in an agricultural-residential zone in Lewes & Rehoboth Hundred;

    • Conditional Use No. 1525, for a produce stand on 22,500 square feet in an agricultural-residential zone in Dagsboro Hundred;

    • Conditional Use No. 1526, on 38.26 acres in an agricultural-residential zone in Lewes & Rehoboth Hundred; and

    • Conditional Use No. 1527, for a beauty shop, on 32,250 square feet in an agricultural-residential zone in Little Creek Hundred.
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