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Are you looking for a place to have a great meal with great family atmosphere AND support a great cause? Then, get to Grotto’s Grand Slam on Wednesday, April 12th between 4 to 9 20% OF YOUR BILL will be donated to the Lewes Fire Department! Come join us for a fun evening, meet members of the department, or get your picture taken with one of our trucks or ambulances! ·OilChanges·Electrical ·Brakes·Heating&Cooling ·Tires·Exhaust·ComputerDiagnostics Over 30 Years Experience Foreign & Domestic Car Repair Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Service 302-645-8478 33711WescoatsRoad,#2,Lewes 10 TUESDAY, APRIL 11 - THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2017 NEWS Cape Gazette By Ron MacArthur ronm@capegazette.com After a quick recommendation of approval from the county's planningandzoningcommission, plans for a new Dollar General store along Route 9 have hit a delay. Sussex County Council has deferred on a vote and has in- structed Planning and Zoning Director Janelle Cornwell to ask the developer to consider refiling for B-1, neighborhood business district zoning. Oxford Chase Development Corp. has applied for a zoning change from AR-1, agricultural-residential, to CR-1, commercial-residential, for a 3-acre subdivided parcel on Route 9 at Fisher Road. The developer has plans to build a 9,100-square-foot Dollar General store at the site, between Lewes and Milton. On the insistence of Coun- cilman George Cole, R-Ocean View, council voted to defer at its March 21 and March 28 meetings. Cole said developer should apply for B-1, which has fewer commer- cial options than CR-1 zoning. “Why not B-1?” Cole asked Sussex council delays vote on Dollar General rezoning application Cole: Less-intensive B-1 designation would be preferable over CR-1 Dennis Schrader, the developer's attorney, during a March 21 pub- lic hearing. “It's less intense, and we are seeing more and more commer- cial popping up along Route 9.” “CR-1 is consistent with other parcels along the roadway, and the actual usage of the property will be limited by the amount of usable acres,” Schrader said. “The net result is the same.” “If Dollar General doesn't get there, we are left with CR-1 zon- ing. I'd rather have B-1,” Cole said. “I'm concerned about zon- ing on Route 9. The developer could do what he wants to do under B-1.” Although no one spoke in op- position to the application during a Feb. 9 planning and zoning commission hearing, three area residents testified during the council hearing. All three were concerned about additional traf- fic generated by a store at the intersection. “It's hard for us to get out of our community,” said James Liotta. “I have the knowledge about the traffic because I live there.” He said he moved to the area because of the residential zoning around his community. “Now that the property has been subdivided, what's next?” he asked. RON MACARTHUR PHOTO A DEVELOPER has plans to build a Dollar General store along Route 9 at Fish- er Road between Lewes and Milton.