2,200 Homes vs. 2,900
Council Hears Pros, Cons of Development
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The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission has recommended approval of a rezoning request for the Americana Bayside project but recommended approving 700 fewer homes than the developer has asked for.
In a vote late Thursday night, April 13, 2000, the P&Z unanimously recommended approving the rezoning request of Carl M. Freeman Communities LLC from Agricultural-Residential to Medium Residential-Residential Planned Community.
It did, however, recommend approval of only 2,200 homes for the development instead of Freeman's request to build 2,900 homes on the 865-acre parcel off Route 54 about 5 miles west of Fenwick Island.
The commission's recommendation will be forwarded to Sussex County Council for final approval or denial.
The project has generated tremendous controversy in southeastern Sussex County because of its size. At 2,900 homes, Americana Bayside would be the county's largest town in summer and one of its largest in winter by the time it was finished in 8 to 10 years.
It will still be one of the county's largest towns at 2,200 homes. Also planned are an 18-hole golf course and shopping and medical facilities.
Other developers and Freeman employees have spoken in favor of the proposal while local residents, officials, state officials and environmentalists have spoken against it in hearings that have drawn more than 300 people.
Freeman Communities is the developer of the Bear Trap development in Ocean View, a golf course community that will include 700 homes when it is finished.
The late Carl M. Freeman was the developer of the Sea Colony high rises and developments between Bethany Beach and South Bethany.
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