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-I- 28 - CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, February 8 - Monday, February 11, 2008 want to live by choice; not where property owners. These problems the government tells them to. We are all caused by the existing land should count the number of towns uses in effect today that will be that have overdeveloped their own grandfathered in the future. covered the preliminary timeline for the establishment of a fibers plant in a remote section of Brazil. The project sequence was largely Continued from page 8 ing uses, most people are satisfied because in their minds, the changes do not affect them. One way to look at the cost of any new changes is what would be the cost for all existing parcels to conform to any new changes. Should two parcels of land of the same size in the same zoning dis- trict have different densities by code just because one was devel- oped years ago and one is still undeveloped? Is the main reason for this the well-known "not in my back yard" syndrome? Maybe if a few cities or developments were forced to tear down a few houses or move homes to new locations in order to comply with new regulations the general pub- lic would start to consider the impact to the owners of undevel- oped land. Everyone is affected by changes in regulation, ordi- nances and land-use laws, with no exceptions. Beware of people or state agencies - DNREC and DeIDOT - that you think are doing you a favor by taking some- thing of value away from unde- veloped property owners for your perceived personal gain. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Sussex County is currently 90 percent-plus undeveloped. More than 75 percent of the population. of Sussex County lives outside the incorporated towns of Sussex County. People live where they- RETIREMENT MAY BE FAR OFF, BUTTHE APRIL 15 DEADUNE IRA t1111mrlll ISN'T. If you haven't done so already, there's still time to maximize your 2007 IRA contribution. Even if you already have an IRA elsewhere, it's easy to transfer to an Edward Jones IRA and begin receiving the face-to-face advice you de, rye. 'lb learn more about the advantages of an Edward Jones IR&, call or visit todd. Janet R Maher Finaral Advisor 28322 Lewes Georgetown Hwy Onff 5 Miffon, DE 19968 30248&5946 www.edwardjones.com .mber sPc natural resources and had to reach outside their respective corporate limits to meet their needs (i.e., sewer, water and trash). To all who have undeveloped land in rural Sussex County, you need to resist any changes before it becomes too costly to put your private property to any beneficial use other than open space. After all, none of the problems that the public com- plains about today (traffic, envi- ronment, schools, water, sewer, trash or any other thing that is in danger to your health, welfare and safety) are caused by undeveloped Wayne Baker Lewes Upgrade roads before considering rezoning The following letter to Lawrence Lank, Director of Planning and Zoning, Sussex County Council, was copied to the Cape Gazette for publication. The recent Townsend meetings prompted me to recall another "project review" that I attended some decades ago when I worked for the DuPont Co. This review intuitive...access road construc- tion, followed by extension of regional water/rail to the site, then electric/steam power facilities construction, effluent handling prep, and lastly, the actual con- struction of the manufacturing facility itself. Imagine if the con- struction timeline had been reversed. Imagine if plant comple- tion had preceded the establish- ment of site and regional infra- structure. Well, of course, you can't imagine such an occurrence because, in a corporate environ- ment, such illogic would never to drink less sodd. But they can't do it alone. prevail. Now, shift to today and to Eastern Sussex County. Imagine if Sussex County Council followed the same logic train that drives corporate construction. Imagine if they required that roads, water, sewer, power and other essential services be in place ahead of fore- casted demand, and that those services be financed by the firms creating the demand. If county council used such a common- sense approach to land develop- ment, we wouldn't have to debate the Townsend project...it would be years premature. Equally as important, we wouldn't have to worry about the traffic soon to be created by the 1,600-plus new res- Continued on page 30 That's why Nemoum Health & Prevention Services, along with many school districts, has joined the fight against childhood obey. By working together, we can put healthier drinks in school vending machines. Kids can't do it alone. tel's Make Delaware's Kids lhe Healthiesl in the Nolion.- www.GrowUpHealthy.org Cy,4#t @ 2ette Tl. F.da Att tts  Nemours ,-Health & Prevention Services M