Sussex County Delaware

P&Z Recommends
Denial of Softball Park

Sussex Planning & Zoning ...

Application Now Moves
to County Council

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission unanimously voted to recommend denial of a conditional use application for the proposed Softball World complex on 85 acres at the state Route 5 and county Road 48 intersection in Harbeson on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000.

The commission's recommendation now moves to the county council, which renders final decisions on zoning requests.

Commissioners recommended denial because, they said, the proposal did not meet the terms of the county's 1997 Comprehensive Land Use Plan, would increase traffic, was not in a development district, and would impact neighbors who vocally opposed the plan.

Softball World's Wallace "Pete" Townsend said he has spent nearly $100,000 on the project so far and that a denial by council would likely cost him his investors and finish any hopes for the project. He said he hopes council will see the proposal differently than the commissioners.

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