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Land use plan Continued from page 1 But the plan is changing nearly every day. Sussex County's Plan- ning and Zoning Commission was set to review part of the plan on Thursday, Jan. 9. The Planners want to make a recommendation to Sussex County Council on the plan before County Council makes its decision. The County Council decision is then referred to the state commit- tee, which has the ability to vote Lighthouse Continued from page 1 George Smith said he wants to find out more about what it could cost the city and what the city would be required to do before it decides to own its own lighthouse. But the state of Delaware has said it is interested in the property. Butch Kinerney, a spokesperson for the Department of Natural Re- sources and Environmental Con- trol, said that the Division of Parks and Recreation is interested in the lighthouse. They aren't sure what they want to do with the lighthouse, but they are interested. "We are not ruling anything out," Kinerney said. He said there could perhaps be boat tours offered of the historic structure. "We are definitely inter- ested," he said. The lighthouse does not include any land and it can only be reached by boat, since it sits on the end of the massive stone breakwater. County Administrator Bob Stickels joked that the light- house could be a home for retired county councilmen. Retired Councilmen Oliver Hill spoke up and thanked Stickels. But the county made it clear that they have no real use for a light- house and suggested that Delaware's state parks might have an interest. The lighthouse is al- most within walking distance at low tide of Cape Henlopen State Park. There is still a deep channel near the lighthouse, although much of the area has shoaled in. The lighthouse is on the Nation- al Register of Historic Places, which means its use is severely limited. That means whoever winds up with the lighthouse will probably have to keep the light- house on the breakwater, said Fleming James, executive assis- tant to the regional administrator of the General Services Adminis- tration (GSA). "They could not tear it down and build a beach house," James said. If the state backs off and Lewes says no, then that means the property, currently featured on a license plate which benefits the Center for Delaware's Inland Bays, will go on the auction block. James said there is usually interest in excess federal holdings, although he doesn't recall ever having a lighthouse declared sur- plus before. "Usually whatever the property is, there is somebody interested in doing something with it." yea or nay on the plan. That has caused considerable grumbling in Sussex, but County Administrator Bob Stickels said that Sussex County has probably come closest to meeting the state land use plan goals of any of Delaware's coun- ties. But Stickels also said on Tues- day, Jan. 7 that "there are contra- dictions throughout the whole let- ter." Among the potential contradic- tions is calling for large lot sizes in agricultural areas, an idea that could potentially mean the loss of even more farmland. ",]'GAZETltE, ''iday, Janua" 10 -aumry-16.'l9"7- i | of one dwelling unit per 20 acres, state farm preservation program to One of the biggest issues is agri- culture and Sussex County Plan- ning and Zoning has already rec- ommended that an agricultural preservation zone be removed from the plan. The planners said the existing agricultural-residen- tial zone is enough and the highly restrictive agricultural preserva- tion zone is not needed. The letter from Cabinet Com- mittee Chair Jeff Bullock reads "the draft plan provides a signifi- cant step forward in preserving agriculture by calling for a density However, we are concerned that the changes in agricultural protec- tion strategy called for in Revision One, and others which we under- stand are being considered, do not include adequate disincentives to prevent continued scattered rural residential development." The one unit per 20 acres is the preservation zone which the Plan- ning Commission has recom- mending dumping. The Planners noted in their recommendation that farmers who want to preserve their land can still participate in a preserve that land by setting it aside and agreeing not to develop it. That program is strictly volun- tary. Another key disagreement is on the size of development districts. Those are zones which are usually served by infrastructure like roads and sewer and are earmarked for development. 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