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Cape Gazette NEWS FRIDAY, MAY 13 - MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011 17 Measure attracts both support and opposition By Ron MacArthur ronm@capegazette.com "You may delay, but time will not." A 230-year-old quote from or conditional-use application approved as of Jan. 1, 2010, would remain valid- regardless of any previous expiration dates - for two years. Planning and zoning recom- mended more time be added to the ordinance. The commission- ers' ordinance would cover recorded applications between Jan. 1, 2009, and ]an. 1, 2013, or the founding father Ben Franklin expiration of the current ap- pretty much sums up the debate proval, whichever is later. taking place over a proposal by Councilman Vance Phillips, R- Sussex County Council to give Laurel, urged council to vote on developers more time to start the proposed ordinance after the projects, public hearing. "There are peo- During a May 10 public hear- pie out there who are trying to ing, a parade of people connect- survive, and this is a minor effort ed to the land-use business laud- on our part to save jobs," he said. ed the benefits of giving develop- "This is not.site specific, but for ers two or three more years be- applications that have already yond the date when their appli- been approved." cations would otherwise expire Councilman George Cole, R- to keep projects afloat.Ocean View, said it was not pos- But just as many county resi- sible to make a decision without dents stepped up to the podium knowing the scope of the prob- asking council to reconsider the lem. He made a motion, which ordinance until there is a better passed 4-1, to defer on a decision understanding of just how many for 30 days. projects are in jeopardy. County Councilwoman Joan Deaver, planning and zoning staff has " D-Rehoboth Beach, said she been working to compile a list; wanted to know the extent of the but has yet to produce one. Di- problem before voting on a blan- rector Lawrence Lank said it ket ordinance that would allow could take several more weeks time extensions to developers before a. list would be forthcom- without providing a reason for ing. the action. Lank said the number of appli- Proponents said without the cations has fallen off dramatical- proposed ordinance, residents ly over the past three years. He could look forward to lower said there were a dozen applica- property values, appraisals, tions in 2010, with two so far in transfer taxes and property taxes. 2011. Compare that to 100 appli- Opponents countered that by cations in 2005. The application saying a glut of more housing in process,-which took up to 22 the marketplace would force months three years ago, now property values down. "There takes three to four months, the have been so many approvals al- same time frame as 10 to 15 years ready that demand can't match ago. supply," said John Walsh of Re- Under the proposed ordi-hobothBeach. nance, any recorded subdivision, Proponents also said mancing residential planned community for projects is hard if not impos- :::: 4 sible to obtain, especially if those projects are nearing the time their application or permits ex- pire. They said giving a time cushion could ease the fmancing burden. Continued on page 19 Thank you to all our loyal customers for allowing us to serve you for the past 8 years! . LOWEST PRICES OF THE SAVEUP TO $1500 ON FREE DELIVERY SEASON ON ALL ABOVEBOTH NEW & DISPLAY FREE INSTALLATION GROUND & PATIO POOLS MODEL SPAS FREE PLAY KIT - iTEMS ARE PRICED of a Kind, New in the SOME EXAMPLES: Pool Maintenance Items 15% Off Goggles & Mask 25% Off Lounge Chairs 20% Off -. Pool Toys & Games 25% Off Spa Maintenance 15% Off Vinyl FIouting Mats -20% Off 35465 Wolfe Neck Road Rehoboth Beach Route 1 &24, next to Kid's Cotlage 302-644-4732 1-866-505-AQUA Look for us on Facebook SPAS . BILLIARD TABLES- POOLS *Some exclusions may apply. See store for details. Mon., Tues., Thurs., & Fri. 9-6pm Sat. 9-4pm Sun.11-3pm Closed Wednesday ~.~:~: