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T Cape Gazette N ?0(;7 c/'-?),q,', ', ,r_'g',' ; 7 - ?; , ;-UV; ", ,a,?-'dV TUESDAY, MARCH 10 - THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2009 5 Sussex planners step back 00'from time limit on amenities Recognize slumping housing market By Ron MacArthur ronm@capegazette.com A request by developers of the Woodridge housing project has caused Sussex County planning and zoning commissioners to take a step back and reevaluate one of their most steadfast re- quirements- building amenities in subdivisions within strict time limits. In the past, commissioners ad- hered to a two-year time limit on most developers. By that time, county officials expect to see in place promised pools, communi- ty centers, trails and/or club- houses. Wilkinson Developers LLC, Woodridge developers, asked the commission to amend a condi- tion on the development to pro- vide amenities before issuing the 50th building permit, and take away the time limit. The devel- opment, located off Coolspring Road and Route 5, is supposed to have a pool and clubhouse. Economic reasons are driving the request. The commission has not received many requests over the past year from other devel- opers. The two most notable came from developers of Planta- tions and The Peninsula asking for more time to complete club- houses. The commission ruled the developers must start con- struction within two years of the date of approval, with comple- tion within two more years. Commissioner Mike Johnson said changing from a time limit to building permit numbers could put planners in a tough po- sition between developers suf- fering from slumping housing sales and homeowners who move into developments expect- hag amenities. "We recognize the slowing of real estate sales, but at the same Continued on page 9 This Ring Has A Story A quality sterling silver jewelry designer in the U,S.A. presented this flattering starfish ring design to Silver Works' buyers. 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Developers who get prelimi- nary approval for a subdivision now have one year to return for final approvaL Residents and de- velopers with approved condi- tional-use requests have one year to get projects substantially un- der way. One-year time extensions can be granted, and more and more developers are requesting them, adding more items to agendas. Commissioners would like to see the one-year time limit re- placed with a three-year time limit, negating requests for time extensions. The action would require a new ordinance initiated by Sus- sex County Council. Under the new ordinance, de- velopers would have three years to get final site plans approved once they receive preliminary approvaL If they fail to meet the deadline, the process would start all over again. For conditional-use requests, applicants would have three years to get projects substantially under way. 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