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20 FRIDAY, JANUARY 24- MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2014 NEWS Cape Gazette Ordinance prevents bulky na C per said city officials do houses, promotes light and air notowners know the how ordinance many property would affect. Mandalas said the neces- By Kara Nuzback er lots. "We're penalizing the sary noticing requirements had person that has a wider proper- been met, and it would be too ty," he said. "We're kind of taking burdensome to notify each prop- In an effort to prevent bulky something, but we're not giving erty owner of the change. houses that block light and air, anything back." Planning commission Secre- Rehoboth Beach commission- Commissioner Mark Hunker taryFrancis"Bunky" Markert said ers voted 64 to widen side-yard voted in favor of the ordinance the commission recommended setbacks for lots that are more but agreed with Mills; he wanted the change. He said the ordi- than 5,250 square feet and 52.5 only to address bulk, not take nance allows property owners feet wide. away the ability to install a pool to build a substantial house but Mayor SamCooper, whovotedor a patio in the side yard. "The prevents massive structures in favor of the ordinance, said smaller you make someone's that deter from the small town the zoning code was written to house, the more they will want streetscape of the city. "We cer- address single-family homes on to do something outside," he said. tainly support this ordinance," 50-by-100-foot lots. The ordi- Commissioner Bill Sargent, Markert said. nance, he said, "really puts the who approved the ordinance, The commissioners also ap- larger lots on par with the 50-foot argued furniture placed on the proved a resolution to grant relief lots." patio and a fence surrounding for property owners who have Commissioner Lorraine Zellers the pool would account for mass invested at least $5,000 toward a said she does not want to penal- and would have a visual impact renovation that exceeds the new ize property owners with larger on the city. setbacks prior to the Jan. 17 vote. lots, but the ordinance promotes Resident Walter Brittingham Town Attorney Glenn Man- the well-being of the community, opposed the ordinance, saying dalas recommended the change "I feel that it's about striking a many property owners who are based on a letter from Betha- balance," she said. "I think it's affected by the change do not re- ny Beach attorney K. William fair, and I think it's reasonable." alize it. "You're going to change Scott, whose clients bought the Commissioner Stan Mills, who side-yard setbacks for a lot of home at 607 Scarborough Ave. cast the dissenting vote, argued people," he said. "This takes a big in September and have invested the ordinance prevents property chunk away from a lot of people's $40,000 into a side-yard exten- owners from using side yards property." sion of the home. for.home accessories that do not Resident Tom McGlone asked Eligible property owners must block light and air, such as patios commissioners how many lots apply for relief by Friday, Jan. and in-ground pools, were affected by the change and 31. For more information, call Mills also said the ordinance whether those property owners Rehoboth Beach City Hall at punishes homeowners with wid- had been notified of the ordi- 302-227-6181. PROPERTY OWNERS in Rehoboth Beach can seek setback encroachments until Friday, Jan. 31. KARA NUZBACK PHOTO relief for new side yard Retractable Hose Systems Installation for new and existing homes cmm vACL Showroom & Home Demos We serv/ce oll brondsl 410-924-3334 CEN1F,~, VA,:~UM S~,MS ~ ,!t: MHJ.C. 128960 rat Marie Mayor files for RD 20 Milton resident says creative thinking is needed By Kara Nuzback A local farmer and former edu- cator is kicking the 2012 election to the curb and running again. Marie Mayor filed for the 20th Representative District seat Jan. 21, at the Board of Elections in Georgetown. The Milton resi- dent is co-owner of Lavender Fields Farm on Coolspring Road. Mayor, 66, ran for the same seat in 2012. She won the primary race handily against two fellow Democrats, but she was defeated in the November 2012 general election by Rep. Steve Smyk, R- Milton, a former state trooper. The Democratic candidate said supporters convinced her to run again. The 20th District Democratic Committee is more organized this year, she said. "I'm starting earlier." Mayor said, "I think the same issues are even more important now than they were two years ago." If elected, Mayor said, she plans to improve transportation safety, develop wiser land-use practices that would protect communities REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 20 CANDIDATE with her grandson, Lucas Gorlin Tarbell. SUBMITTED PHOTO Marie Mayor files for office in Sussex County and expand options for seniors who want to remain in their homes. She also said improving coastal resiliency to extreme weather would be a top priority if she were elected. "I think we need to have more creative thinking," Mayor said. Rather than pretending improv- ing the economy and protecting the environment are mutually exclusive, legislators should find a way to do both, she said. Mayor said she plans to add a new issue to her 2014 campaign - inclusiveness. ' dl families have value to our district and should have equal respect," she 'said. "This will be expanded upon dur- in g the months ahead." 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