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20 FRIDAY, MARCH 2 - MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2012 NEWS Cape Gazette Measure deferred for officials to gather more information By Ron MacArthur If anyone was expecting a de- cision on an amended ordinance to allow digital billboards in Sus- sex County, they left the Feb. 28 county council meeting disap- pointed. Two public hearings have tak- en place; and planning and zon- ing has recommended passage of the ordinance, but George Cole, R-Ocean View, and Dan Deaver, D-Rehoboth Beach, said more work needed to be done before they were willing to vote on the measure. Council voted 4-1 to de- fer the matter to the Tuesday, March 20 meeting. Their action did not sit well with Councilman Vance Phillips, R-Lanrel. "It's been vetted; I'm ready to vote. I think planning and zoning has done a good job," he said. "You are killing this by deferring. We have enough infor- mation to take a vote. We can al- ways come back and make amendments." The proposed ordinance would allow for electronic or digital billboards, if approved as a special-use exception by the county's board of adjustment, which requires a public hearing. Lawrence Lank, director of county planning and zoning, sug- gested council add the following sentence to the proposed ordi- nance as recommended by the planning and zoning commis- sion: If approved as part of a spe- cial-use exception, the standards for electronic message displays would be contained under cur- rent county code or more strin- gent state or federal standards. 644-9006 Deaver said specific regula- tions need tobe added to the or- dinance. "Who regulates bright- ness? Who regulates how fast Continued on page 21 Deaver Continued from page 19 rest of council is 'Why bother?' They would not listen to him be- cause they don't want changes. They are not willing to hire a planner. Our filture is living with unplanned growth," she said. !'So many mistakes have been made over the years, and with some planning, they could have been avoided." Deaver has pushed passage of an adequate public facilities ordi- nance for managed growth. "It's been met with hostility from the other side of the county and business people, but it's designed to protect taxpayers," she said. She said many of her con- stituents are concerned about growth issues. "There has been so much growth over the past 10 years, and people in my district have had to live with it. They want to know who is going to pay for services as growth contin- ues," she said. There are currently 12,000 ap- proved building lots in the coun- ty, Deaver said. Deaver said she would like to continue and expand her efforts connecting businesses with the county to help create jobs. She has been attending chamber of commerce meetings to gain more knowledge about econom- ic development throughout the county. She has a business back- ground as a marina operator in Annapolis, Md. Deaver said she was surprised that running county government and running a business are not the same. "The goals are totally different, and you are dealing with public money," she said. "It's not what I expected." Republican Don Ayotte of Georgetown has filed to run against Deaver. The deadline to file for the Sussex County Coun- cil election is noon, TueSday, July 10.