Sussex County Delaware

County Opposes GA
Land Use Bills

Sussex County Council ...

Fears Most Bills Would
Trample on Home Rule

Special to Sussex County Online

GEORGETOWN -- Sussex County Council members voiced their concerns over 20 pieces of legislation in the Delaware General Assembly that they feel could trample on the council's ability to home rule the county.

During the regular council meeting on Tuesday, June 13, 2000, the council instructed Robert "Bob" Stickels, county administrator, to oppose several items.

Six of the proposed bills deal with land use issues. The council believes these bills are directly in response to Americana Bayside. In that proposal, council is considering rezoning 865 acres along Assawoman Bay to allow Freeman Communities to build a town of 2,200 to 2,900 homes.

The land use bills require the state, DelDOT, DNREC, Office of State Planning Coordination, and the Cabinet Committee on State Planning Issues to examine development proposals before the county could approve or disapprove the development.

The legislation was deemed "hissy fit legislation" by Eugene Bayard, attorney for Sussex County Council. He said that the council has consistently opposed these types of laws in the past.

Also objecting to the proposed legislation was Bob Orem, mayor of Ocean View. He said he had sent a letter of objection to the General Assembly.

One bill the council did not object to was HB 374, which bans the sale or trading of dog or cat fur or hair, flesh or any byproducts made for human consumption.

Stickels will be in Dover to represent the interest of the council.

Indian River Acres

R. Stephan McCabe, director of Public Works, received the substantial completion approval he requested for the improvements made at Indian River Acres Suburban Community.

With his request for the approval, he told the council the project performed by Delmarva Paving came in nearly $30,000 under budget.

Outdoor Vendors

The council agreed to continue letting outdoor vendors to sell to the general public providing the stands were accessible to state approved entrances and the vendors had ample off road parking.

The issue arose in discussion of a request by Atlantic Liquors, on Route 1 in Rehoboth Beach next to the Rehoboth Mall, to set up a hot dog stand in its parking lot.

DelDOT Hearings

DelDOT will hold public hearings on seven roads that are being vacated in Sussex County. The public hearings for five roads will begin at 10 a.m. at Selbyville Town Hall on July 11, 2000. The roads are:

  • Road 392A, Rabbit Road, Baltimore Hundred
  • Road 405A, Quail Run Road, Dagsboro Hundred
  • Road 418, Hudson Road, Gumboro Hundred
  • Road 26B, Snyder Road, Gumboro Hundred
  • Road 424A, Shorts Road, Gumboro Hundred

The final two public hearings will be held at Laurel Town Hall on July 12, 2000 beginning at 10 a.m. The roads are:

  • Road 460, Horsey Road, Little Creek Hundred
  • Road 413B, Cowhouse Branch Road, Dagsboro Hundred
In Other News ...
  • Council will hold Budget Hearings on Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at 10:30 a.m. During the hearings, the council will also conduct a public hearing dealing with establishing yearly rates for sewer and water services.

  • Council will attend three special meetings in which the public is invited but there will be no public participation. The first is the Business Community Luncheon at the Sussex Pines Country Club on Friday, June 16, 2000 at noon. The second is a press conference on Wednesday, June 21 at 11 a.m. in the Sussex County Council chambers with Governor Thomas R. Carper. The topic is the Delmarva Health Initiative. The third is also at the Sussex Pines Country Club at noon with the Wilmington Trust Company on Friday, June 23, 2000.

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