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Cape Gazette NeWS FRIDAY, JANUARY 4- MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2013 9 RV resort Continued from page 1 Although density in AR-1 zoned areas is two units to an acre, density is not a factor wtien constructing a campground un- der a conditional use, said Shane Abbott, assistant director of county phinning and zoning. Campgrounds are only permit- ted in AR-1 zones with passage of a c0nditional-use application. Certain basic regulations must be met under county code in- cluding buffer requirements, and each RV lot must be at least 2,000 square feet, Abbott said. During a review of the pro- posed project, state environmen- tal planners said the parcel is not suited for intense development, calling the parcel along Love Creek a key wildlife area with important wetlands. "We urge the applicant to consider perma- nent preservation opportunities for forest and wetlands in lieu of the current site plan," said De- partment of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's Kevin Coyle. An engineer representing the developer disputes DNREC's claims. "There is no record of federally listed threatened or en- dangered species or their critical habitats existing on this site," Ring Lardner said. "There are not a myriad of wetlands within the site. It's mostly well-drained uplands with few development limitations. Except for wetlands bordering Love Creek, regulated wetlands internally are two well- def'med stream courses." Lardner is an engineer with Davis, Bowen & Friedel. More than 600 camps'Res on plan Included on the site plan fried with the county's planning and zoning department are 620 camping sites, including 451 for recreational vehicles, 20 for tents and another 149 sites for rental cabins. Within the resort are pools, amphitheater/chapel, wel- come center, fitness center, laun- dry, clubhouse, general store, several pavilions and paddle boat launches, canoe outfitter, pump- ing station, swimming ponds and RV storage. The project is expected to be built in several stages. Nick Hammond with lack Lingo Asset Management said more empha- sis would be placed on seasonal RV rentals and not as much on transient rentals. The fn'st public hearing on the applications will take place be- fore the county's planning and zoning commission at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, in the county administration building on The Circle in downtown George- town. A county council hearing will be scheduled following this hearing. The developers privately invit- ed some area residents to a Dec. 27 meeting in Lewes. "We thought it would be better to in- troduce the project this way pri- or to people getting a public no- tice and getting surprised by it," said Hammond. Hammond said developers looked at residential options for the parcel before thinking out- side of the box. 'fter some fi- nancial modeling, this project made sense," he said. "It's a great site for this type of use with Love Creek and the proximity to the beaches and shopping." Developer responds to PLUS The project was reviewed un- der the State Office of Planning Coordination's Preliminary Land Use Service process last sum- mer, and comments on the re- view were offered by the devel- oper in October 2012. Many state agency comments centered around the environ- mental significance ofthe parcel, which has been owned by ].G. Townsend Jr. & Co. since the 1930s. "They are well aware of environmental issues on the site," Lardner said. DNREC's Coyle said half of the parcel contains forest in the Love Creek Natural Area. In ad- dition, he said, rare species have been identified on the site, which he said is considered a State Nat- ural Heritage Site. The developer also disputes those statements. 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In addition, he said, unmarked family cemeter- ies are common in rural farm ar- eas. He said the Division of His- torica] and Cultural Affairs rec- ommends the developer hire a consultant to investigate the property for the presence of an unmarked cemetery. Lardner said the developer would comply with require- ments of Delaware law pertain- ing to skeletal remains should it pertain to the site. Delaware -Department of Transportation's Bill Brocken- brough said that the plan showed only access from Ward Road on the southwestern edge of the parcel. Since that initial proposal, the developer has added an en- trance along Cedar Grove Road, a road serving as the northwest- ern border of the parcel. The Ward Road entrance would be restricted to 200 campsites. The developer is required to submit a traffic impact study; de- pending on its outcome, the de- veloper could be required to pro- vide road improvements. ' During the past year, county officials have debated two other campground projects. Officials approved a 260-1ot RV camp- ground on a vacant parcel in the Rehoboth Shores manufactured home park near Long Neck. The other application, an RV camp- ground as part of a water park project in Ocean View, is pend- ing before county council. Ac- cording to council's Tuesday, ]an. 8 meeting agenda, water park de- velopers will ask council to with- draw the applications needed for the project. Pintail Pointe / $289,000 Large 2,600 S.f. 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