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Families Continued from page 1 called Families for Progress Inc. The group will focus heavily on education and letting legislators know that there are county resi- dents who want growth, Collins said. "Our focus is going to be on im- proving the economic status of Sussex County through growth and development," Collins said. "In most other areas of the county, it's hard to argue that we don't need more growth or opportuni- tie " Seabright Continued from page 1 Coalition on Tuesday about the project. Bed said he wants to reach out to the community for input on the project, which he said would be an attractive addition to the region. Plans call for 38 units to be built on the property with a large cen- tral open area which can be used for recreation or green space. "We are looking for input from the community," Bed said. "We are making an attempt to reach out .. we're open for anything." The project would be located on the northwest side of Road 270A, 1,000 feet north of Route 1, to be located on a parcel containing 4.74 acres more or less. The units would be 40 feet apart and the project would be land- scaped to help screen it from neighbors. Berl said the homes would be attractive and he was willing to consider amenities like bike paths or other facilities. Those improvements were sug- gested by a member of the coali- tion. "It can be very nice," he said. The 38 townhouses are less than the maximum density for the land,which could hold approxi- mately 54 units if the zoning is changed from GR (general resi- dential) to high density The cur- rent general residential zoning al- lows development of four units per acre 9 r mobile homes to be de- veloped on the land. That prompted concern from some at the meeting that the land could later be developed to the full 54 units Once the zoning is established, then the density could later be increased, they argued. John Nevros argued that 38 units was too dense and said he supported allowing 20 units. He said the developers would make plenty of money with only 20 units, but Berl disputed his fig- ures. Mike Tyler, president of the Citizens Coaliton, said he was concerned about a change of zo- ing While the Sussex County com- prehensive land use plan is still being developed (a plan is due within the next few months). He worried that the rezoning would set a precedent. "How do we tell the next person who comes in, no, you can't [have a rezon- ing]?" Continued on page 16 "Basically, you are either mov- ing ahead or you are moving backwards." Collins said that most areas of Sussex need jobs. Low prices caused by more stores and busi- nesses in competition with each other also help consumers, Collins said. He cited figures showing that 42 percent of families in Sussex make $25,000 per year or less and said his group wants to help those Sussex families. Collins, a farmer and insurance agent, said he feels the debate over growth "has been one- sided." The Lewes-area resident said that the county is not experi- encing the growth crisis that some people claim. While he agrees that Rt. 1 is a problem area, he feels that can be helped by steps such as changing the timing of stop lights. Collins said the group will try to educate people about the impor- tance of growth and progress. The group also hopes to: oppose the proposed C-2 zone. He said the only real purpose of CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, April 26 - May 2, 1996 - 13 the zone is to require a public hearing for large projects, which will make it very difficult for those projects to be approved by the county. have a voice in the county land use planning. A comprehensive land use plan is due for comple- tion by the end of the year. have a say in the corridor over- lay or preservation debate. Sussex has adopted an overlay zone, but that zone now only applies to Rt. 1 and not to other roads in the coun- ty. "I am definitely of the opinion that government has gotten too big and tried to do too much," Collins said. He said that he is re- ceiving a very good reaction from most people and most people he has contacted have wanted to join Families for Progress Inc. "My goal is to have 500 members in the next two or three months," he said. Anyone interested in the new group can call Collins at 945-0667 or fax him at 644-2846. Dues are $10 per year per family. AVAI LABLE NOW! New "rownhomes 1 and 2 levels 2 and 3 bedrooms 1 1/2 to 3 baths New Townhomes are available at Plantations. Buy now! For a limited time, you'll receive cash toward closing costs and other benefits totaling $2,300. Just think how much fun you can have in your new Townhome this summer. You may find that owning is less costly than renting. These new Townhomes have a lot to offer. Come by today. 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