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Stacks up Continued from page 14 per 20 acres," Bullock said. That proved the most controver- sial element of the plan and the so- called agricultural preservation district was dropped like a bad habit bythe county. But the coun- ty continues to support the volun- tary state farm preservation pro- gram, a program that has already been used to protect very signifi- cant areas of Sussex land. Sussex also recommends expanding the state plan, studying a county plan for some areas (the state will not buy development rights) and studying the idea of the transfer of development fights. DensitymThe state supported density bonuses for development I Land use Continued from page 14 one lot per every ten acres of property. But no more than four lots can be developed per year. Strip lots are lots with individual entrances located on roadways, rather than on interior roadways such as in many subdivisions. The county also passed a manu- factured housing ordinance which will allow manufactured or mo- bile homes on three quarter acre Roadhouse Continued fi'om page 14 mall to be eliminated and be re- placed with two larger left turn lanes at the site of the Roadhouse Intersection. The idea is that larg- er turning lanes would keep turn- ing traffic from backing up in the travel lanes and causing a major safety hazard. Gillan has said previously that if that can not be done, then perhaps a smaller project would be to sim- ply add a turn lane to the existing left turn lane. The. larger project proposed by the owners of the outlet mall, Charter Oak Partners, would efiminate a left turn south- bound to Colonial East and would make the Roadhouse Intersection a much more traditional style in- tersection. Charter Oak has of- fered to pay for the projecL While no decision has been reached on which proposal to de- velop, Gillan expects a decision very soon. DelDOThas said that before, but Gfllan said that if any- thing is to be done before summer, a decision must come ASAP. In the meantime, she said DeIDOT is continuing to study the issue. in some districts. The county vot- ed to study that issue. On other issues, the state and county tended to agree. Both sup- ported intergovernment coordina- tion between towns and counties, which is intended to increase co- operation between the two gov- ernmental bodies. Sussex will now notify towns of development proposed within one mile of town boundaries. Both also supported sunsetting of subdivision approval, increased minimum lot sizes in areas with- out central sewer and determining property assessements by zoning, not use. Sussex recently an- nounced that farmland in com- mercial areas will be taxes at the far higher commercial value, rather than as farmland (farmers can downzone their land at no lots in the AR zone. Such homes will now be allowed on the small- er lots, but only if they meet mini- mum requirements such as width and age. Effectively, only dou- blewide or larger homes can be al- lowed on the smaller lots and those homes must be no more than five years old. Such restrictions make the homes look more like traditional stick built housing and county council made it clear that's exact- ly what they wanted from the re- strictions. In the meantime, DeIDOT and the State Police have released a list of the five most dangerous ar- eas in Sussex County in terms of accident numbers during calendar year 1996. The first two locations are located on Route 1 and are: Route 1 from Road 271 to Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. This sec- tion had 91 accidents on a 1.4 mile stretch of road with 26 injuries and one fatality. Route 1 from Road 275A to Road 276. There were 82 acci- dents, 21 injuries and no fatalities on just under a one mile stretch of roadway. The third most common source of traffic accidents is on Route 9, Georgetown, from Road 520 to South Burton Street. There were 44 accidents and nine injuries. DelDOT and the police point out that although accident num- bers were high, there were very few fatalities. Key points still being consid- ered in the Roadhouse Intersec- tion decision are a billboard which may need to be relocated, bicycle and pedestrian access to the Mid- way Shopping Center area and an easement for the Steele's Gun Shop area on northbound side. Sussex P&Z defers 02 zone action The county planning and zoning commission has deferred action on a proposed C-2 zone, but the new commercial zone will be considered by Sussex County Council on Tuesday. Sussex Planning and Zoning de- ferred action on March 13 after a surprisingly short public hearing. Two members of the Citizens Coalition supported the plan while business- man Bob Raley spoke out against it. That's little reaction for a proposal that was once considered controversial. The new zoning would affect I commercial properties over 50,000 square feet and would place new re- strictions on the properties. They include additional landscaping, inter-! connecting roadways with neighboring commercial businesses, possible  mass transit accommodations and buffer zones. Supporters say the zon- ing will reduce traffic problems and improve aesthetics. Opponents say it's one more bit of government bureaucracy. charge fur the time being). The county also supported increased minimum lot sizes to three quarter acre in areas which aren't sew- ered, although the state had sug- gested a one acre minimum. The county will consider any new state comments (they are ex- pected by summer), hold a hearing and then vote on a final plan. "We are required to consider their com- ments," said County Administra- tor Bob Stickels, noting the coun- ty is not required to follow the state.recommendations. 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