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6 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 13 - March 19, 1998 VI00]EWPOINTS Editorial Lewes CARC needs to narrow focus Lewes' Commercial Architecture Review Commission (CARC) has provided a forum for the past few years for the discussion of commercial projects proposed in Lewes. Despite the name of the commission, however, decisions being made by members are going far beyond review of architecture. Last week commission members voted down a Lewes Beach com- mercial project that met all zoning requirements and which received approval for its architecture several months ago. The problem that changed the sentiments of commission members involved the impact of the proposed pject on the neighborhood. CARC Chairman Cliff Diver said this week that he feels the decision went beyond the areas where CARC should rule. He added that he feels issues such as impact of projects on neighborhoods should be within the purview of the town planning commission. Presently, however, there is no requirement for review of commercial projects proposed for com- mercial zones. The commercial-condominium project proposed for Lewes Beach, however, shows that there is need for such a formal forum. Diver said new zoning ordinances being prepared for Lewes by a commit- tee on which he serves will include revisions to the CARC that more closely limit the group to architecture issues. Those proposed changes will also, said Diver, make provision for planning commis- sion review of commercial proposals. The current situation clearly demonstrates the need for revisions to the town's zoning ordinances. The sooner they are brought before the town's people for review and comment the better. Letters Delaware: buy, preserve more land Land use planning remains an item of steady concern in Delaware. A recent round of workshops sponsored by state legislators focused on land use issues and the pressures the state is facing as more and more people discover the state as a good and economical place to live. It's taken us a long time to realize that although we see lots of rural land between our towns and developments, that land is nonethe- less finite and we must assume an urban posture toward all land use issues that come before us. That means that all decisions made regarding development of open land must be made with an eye on what we expect our countryside to look like 30 years from now and more. If we don't, we will look like in 10 years what we otherwise would have thought we would look like in 30 years. One of the most effective things we can do to have a long-term positive effect on our state and its quality of life is to continue to purchase large tracts of lands for parks and wildlands. Our parks and wildlands preserved along the bay and ocean shorelines have proven to be one of the greatest economic development strategies ever pursued by the state. Agricultural preservation initiatives will also enhance the process. Angle Moon photo When March's warm winds suddenly shifted, the fragile buds came in for protection from the cold. Last Quarter New Moon First Quarter Full Moon March 21 March 28 April 3 April 11 Thanks to Lewes subdivision committee As a result of a presentation of the final draft by the Subdivision Ordinance Review Committee, reflecting a total review of an original ordinance pre- pared in 1966, I wish to express my sin- cere thanks and gratitude to all those involved in this 2 l/2-year effort. City solicitor Tempe Steen was extremely involved in the reorganiza- tion of the text as well as with legal interpretation. A massive amount of paperwork was handled by our adminis- trative office, especially Linda Evans. City manager Elaine Bisbee provided written comments to the committee at its inception, then maintained active correspondence in finalizing the various drafts. Working with the Board of Public Works general managers Ron Donovan and Ruth Anne Ritter was both a plea- sure and educational for me. I was exposed to aspects of development as viewed by the BPW, which is certainly a different perspective. City engineer Charles O'Donnell attended a few meetings, as requested, and provided reviewed specifications regarding our streets and sidewalks. Building official William Massey offered his various viewpoints of the process via his involvement, and what he goes through during a subdivision. Planning Commission chairman Jim Bastian was able to provide a viewpoint of not only how things should be han- dled today and tomorrow, but also because of his length of service to the city, was able to recall subdivisions of the past and make comparisons to today. Kim Ayvazian, while acting as chair- person, was very organized and compe- tent in conducting our meetings and I thank her for her efforts early on. Rick Fischer provided a viewpoint for the developer, something we needed. Often he made comments that probably would have been overlooked by the rest of us, and they were often very benefi- cial to the city, not always siding with the developer. He was instrumental in segregating "storm water management" throughout our ordinance. Finally, Lewes Fire Chief Wally Evans gave us the input from a safety standpoint that ultimately led to consideration of street names and lot numbers, lot width, and cul-de-sac diversions and possibili- ties. He often provided the committee with a level-headed "down home" real wodd viewpoint, getting us out of the red tape and back to reality. I feel this diversification of knowledge and personalities of the committee led to extremely productive and complete revised subdivision ordinance. While this ordinance is not perfect, I feel the 2 1/2 years of time and effort should be recognized by approving the recommended ordinance, and if specific details within the ordinance need to be addressed, council may do so indepen- dently of this action. On behalf of the people of Lewes, I commend and once again thank all those involved. James L. Ford III, chairperson Subdivision Ordinance Review Committee City of Lewes Owners living in the predominantly residential neighborhood adjacent to the In defense of a Lewes neighborhood proposed Mikowski-Schab project for commercial stores and residential units on the comer of Savannah Road and Bay Avenue on Lewes Beach spoke out against the project at the March 5 meet- ing of the Commercial Architectural Review Commission (CARC). The resi- dents were opposed in particular to the developers' plan to place both entrance and exit to this mixed-use property on residential Bay Avenue, instead of- as previously reported - an entrance only on Savannah with an exit on Bay Avenue. Continued on page 8 Write Now Letters are cs welcome and verification. Please keep letters to 500 words or less. Write to Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958, Volume 5 No. 42 Publisher Dennis Fomey Editor Trish Vemon News Editor Michael Short News Kerry Kester Rosanne Pack Jen Ellingsworth Janet Andrelczyk Photographer Angie Moon Proofreader Bill Rable Sports Editor Dave Frederick Advertising Director Carol Mawyer Fehrenbach Advertising Cindy Forestieri Nancy Stenger Joseph Mariann Wilcox Classified Sandy Barr Office Manager Kathy Emery Circulation Harry Stoner Production Coordinator Deidre Sudimak Production Staff Susan Porter Chris Wildt Contributors: Tim Bamforth Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Geoff Vernon The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) is published by Cape Gazette Limited every Friday at the Mid- way Shopping Center, Highway One, Rehoboth Beach DE 19971. Sec- ond class postage paid at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Address all correspondence to Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Telephone: (302) 645- 7700. FAX - 645-1664. 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