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20 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 4 - June 10, 2004 Natelli development gets little opposition By Karl Chalabala Natelli Communities' public hearing, for 544 single family homes spread around the west side of Red Mill Pond on 250 acres provided not a bang but a whimper. The hearing was held May 27 before the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commis- sion. A development of this size nor- mally brings out loads of opposi- tion from neighbors, but only one member of the public came out against the application, Citizens Coalition member Henry Glowiak. Southern property neighbor Dave Truitt even supported the project while admitting he was the person most likely to be affected by it. "I live right across the road from the proposed development,', Truitt said. "The development will keep coming even if we don't like it. It's a good development and well done. I have no objec- tion." Natelli initially brought plans before the county for a 755 home residential planned community. Those plans included a mixed-use area with commercial properties. The new plan calls only for single family lots. Natelli is known for building communities following the new urbanism principles espoused by planners Ed McMahon and Ran- dill Arendt. Their site plans call to mind country villages complete with al- leyways and lots of open space. This project, located on the Hop- kins-Pettyjohn tract, is no differ- ent. "One of the key things of this design is it is not a grid design," said engineer Dane Bower of Sal- isbury engineering firm George, Miles and Buhr. "With this curvilinear design, we are minimizing cuts and fills. Rebay Continued from page 1 because their hearing has been closed. But council can act on this; and that's what I'll recom- mend." Griffin added that whatever the Cape Henlopen Senior Center wants to do with its six acres in Canal Point will have to be resolved through a separate land- use application to the county. It will no longer be part of the Canal Point application, since the six acres will be deeded to the senior center. The original Canal Point plan with the commercial element was opposed by Citizens Coalition members and residents from neighboring West Rehoboth developments of The Glade, Sandalwood and Henlopen Keys. Mike Tyler said Rebay acted responsibly. "That was our num- ber one objection to that plan," Tyler said. "We're very glad to hear it was removed." The news was welcomed by senior center members, said exec- utive director Juanita Morch, who described what the senior center envisions for the site. "We'd like to have a center large enough to have a banquet hall where we can hold our shows and have dinner theaters," Morch said. "We certainly will need more parking space for our members. We'd also like to expand our com- puter club and have a new area for our wood carvers." Morch said longer-term goals are to have a fit- ness center and pool for the Cape Henlopen Senior Center's 1,500 members to use for therapy. "We just want to be good neigh- bors to everyone," said Morch. When informed of Rebay's with- "Our facility will be beautiful, and drawal of the commercial element it's bound to enhance the commu- of the plan, Citizens Coalition nity." /ELERS F' by Me': JEWELERS CAN SQUARE SHOPPING CENTER 645-0305 BEIVEEN SUPERFRESH AND MARSHALLS " HIGHWAY ONE • PELICAN SQUARE SHOPPING CENTER • REHOBOTH BEACH It is extremely protective of the gradation. There are no cul-de- sacs. '`There are no typical stormwa- ter ponds or stormwater struc- tures. There are acres of parks. This is a town design that is over 100 years old." Because of the site's proximity to Red Mill Pond, Natelli ad- dressed the environmental con- ceres of developing so close to a tidal body of water. "One thing we were well aware of is the property's closeness to Red Mill Pond," said Natelli attor- ney Jim Fuqua. Of the 250 acres the develop- ment sits on, 80 acres are forested. Bower said 70 percent of the forested area, roughly 56 acres, would remain forested. He said a number of non-tidal wetlands are on the property. Natelli will put a 25-foot buffer around them. Along the pond, 100-foot forested buffers will be main- tained, as recommended for all properties on the Environmentally Sensitive District Overlay Zone; 85.53 acres of the property will remain open space. The only access to the pond will be a boardwalk along the edge that leads to a boat ramp for eight community-shared boats. Proper- ty owners will not be allowed to bring their own boats on the lake. "This will be one of the most protected pieces of property around Red Mill Pond," Bower said. "I think you will find a superior design with strong environmental considerations here." The property is bisected by the Junction and Breakwater Railroad line, which leads through Lewes down to the Cape Henlopen State Park. The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) owns both the line and the right-of-way to that line. DelDOT required Natelli not to connect the two sec- tions of the property over the rail- road line, even though Fuqua said a train passes through only once a week. This division into sectors of the development brought out Lewes Fire Chief Gordon Davis to the hearing. "We are not in support or oppo- sition to this project," Davis said. "We request that when the devel- opment is named, each section is named north or south much like the Plantations and Plantations East have done. "Otherwise we will always be in the wrong section trying to re- spond. It is a great concern for us. Our responses have gone up by 1,000 incidents a year. We expect a twenty percent increase this year. "The area this development is in is of great concern because with traffic it makes it very hard for our volunteer firefighters to reach it.", Prior to the public hearing, Natelli agreed to give $250 per settlement to the fire company to help alleviate some of their costs. "The fire department needs help expanding and improving their serves," Fuqua said. "This can help them perhaps purchase a new fire station or whatever they need." The total raised for the fire company if each home is sold would be $147,000. Henry Glowiak spoke last on the new development. "I really wasn't going to com- ment tonight," he said. "It doesn't seem to do much good. It is an- other example of sprawl and an- other flawed example of our com- prehensive plan. We're rapidly turning Sussex County into a parking lot." The planners deferred recom- mendation on the development and will be on the Thursday, June 10 planners' agenda. t,. Itevte e. O'C •  • IteWn e. O'Cmnw • LIST • Itevie P. O'Connor • BIIY . Itevle e. O'CouK • SFJ.L • ltevin e. O'oer Ocean Front 804 South Ocean Drive 5BR, 3.5 BA. Approved extra large ocean front deck. Shown by appointment only, g South Market Street (Rt. 13) [ This major parcel allows direct access off major ii ii ' road thoroughfares, 1-95 and US Rte. 13. Adequate //II o access to New Jersey via the Delaware Memorial /I l/1  = Bridge and a straight shot across the river to the l l II [] Delaware Blue Rocks stadium and Shipyard //II " shoppes. " /Ill " A kin " s g € CR Zoning /Total of 13+ Acres POSSIBLE USES €,IK lJl;ll;,n,, v' Across from newly . Convention Center • Luxury Apartments • q,-v -i--=.l-. proposed AAA center • Major upscale hotel & restaurant e,. "-.. TOO MANY UPGRADES TO LIST.' | ., ..":': This 3BR 2BA single family home in a gated community has "entertainment" all " _. . | and a spiral staircase, which are just the beginning. Located on lot #5 Fortune i: ...... i 1 over it. ere-wired for SmartHouse, the home includes spacious 16 foot ceilings " =': Circle in Reserve at Fortune Field, Milton. $649,000 RE PENTHOUSE  Krz’i’iI00 I #3716 Sanibel Village  ' REALTY G" --,r-- - ROUP ] Accessible by elevator, this 2 story "beach home ., .. .i . ..., .,..= offers marble foyer/dining room, soffitlighting, wain- L;all l00evin I-'. u uonnor scoting, and decorative moldings throughout the -."- (rlire_t vvi vvv vvvv • =vv tastefully decorated first floor. First Floor master, . ! € covered patio (perfect for entertaining) and 4 gener- Ret,re2de@aol.com , ous bedrooms & 3 baths.  317 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE = € Offered at $329,000. = 302-227-4s00  • Jouuog,0 "d u!,V • lrl • Jouuo3,0 "el Ulall • 'l • Jouuo'd,O "’1 ultmll • IIIH • Jouuo,O " Ula, l • I.rl • JouuO'J,O "’1Ul, U;X • 20 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 4 - June 10, 2004 Natelli development gets little opposition By Karl Chalabala Natelli Communities' public hearing, for 544 single family homes spread around the west side of Red Mill Pond on 250 acres provided not a bang but a whimper. The hearing was held May 27 before the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commis- sion. A development of this size nor- mally brings out loads of opposi- tion from neighbors, but only one member of the public came out against the application, Citizens Coalition member Henry Glowiak. Southern property neighbor Dave Truitt even supported the project while admitting he was the person most likely to be affected by it. "I live right across the road from the proposed development,', Truitt said. "The development will keep coming even if we don't like it. It's a good development and well done. I have no objec- tion." Natelli initially brought plans before the county for a 755 home residential planned community. Those plans included a mixed-use area with commercial properties. The new plan calls only for single family lots. Natelli is known for building communities following the new urbanism principles espoused by planners Ed McMahon and Ran- dill Arendt. Their site plans call to mind country villages complete with al- leyways and lots of open space. This project, located on the Hop- kins-Pettyjohn tract, is no differ- ent. "One of the key things of this design is it is not a grid design," said engineer Dane Bower of Sal- isbury engineering firm George, Miles and Buhr. "With this curvilinear design, we are minimizing cuts and fills. Rebay Continued from page 1 because their hearing has been closed. But council can act on this; and that's what I'll recom- mend." Griffin added that whatever the Cape Henlopen Senior Center wants to do with its six acres in Canal Point will have to be resolved through a separate land- use application to the county. It will no longer be part of the Canal Point application, since the six acres will be deeded to the senior center. The original Canal Point plan with the commercial element was opposed by Citizens Coalition members and residents from neighboring West Rehoboth developments of The Glade, Sandalwood and Henlopen Keys. Mike Tyler said Rebay acted responsibly. "That was our num- ber one objection to that plan," Tyler said. "We're very glad to hear it was removed." The news was welcomed by senior center members, said exec- utive director Juanita Morch, who described what the senior center envisions for the site. "We'd like to have a center large enough to have a banquet hall where we can hold our shows and have dinner theaters," Morch said. "We certainly will need more parking space for our members. We'd also like to expand our com- puter club and have a new area for our wood carvers." Morch said longer-term goals are to have a fit- ness center and pool for the Cape Henlopen Senior Center's 1,500 members to use for therapy. "We just want to be good neigh- bors to everyone," said Morch. When informed of Rebay's with- "Our facility will be beautiful, and drawal of the commercial element it's bound to enhance the commu- of the plan, Citizens Coalition nity." /ELERS F' by Me': JEWELERS CAN SQUARE SHOPPING CENTER 645-0305 BEIVEEN SUPERFRESH AND MARSHALLS " HIGHWAY ONE • PELICAN SQUARE SHOPPING CENTER • REHOBOTH BEACH It is extremely protective of the gradation. There are no cul-de- sacs. '`There are no typical stormwa- ter ponds or stormwater struc- tures. There are acres of parks. This is a town design that is over 100 years old." Because of the site's proximity to Red Mill Pond, Natelli ad- dressed the environmental con- ceres of developing so close to a tidal body of water. "One thing we were well aware of is the property's closeness to Red Mill Pond," said Natelli attor- ney Jim Fuqua. Of the 250 acres the develop- ment sits on, 80 acres are forested. Bower said 70 percent of the forested area, roughly 56 acres, would remain forested. He said a number of non-tidal wetlands are on the property. Natelli will put a 25-foot buffer around them. Along the pond, 100-foot forested buffers will be main- tained, as recommended for all properties on the Environmentally Sensitive District Overlay Zone; 85.53 acres of the property will remain open space. The only access to the pond will be a boardwalk along the edge that leads to a boat ramp for eight community-shared boats. Proper- ty owners will not be allowed to bring their own boats on the lake. "This will be one of the most protected pieces of property around Red Mill Pond," Bower said. "I think you will find a superior design with strong environmental considerations here." The property is bisected by the Junction and Breakwater Railroad line, which leads through Lewes down to the Cape Henlopen State Park. The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) owns both the line and the right-of-way to that line. DelDOT required Natelli not to connect the two sec- tions of the property over the rail- road line, even though Fuqua said a train passes through only once a week. This division into sectors of the development brought out Lewes Fire Chief Gordon Davis to the hearing. "We are not in support or oppo- sition to this project," Davis said. "We request that when the devel- opment is named, each section is named north or south much like the Plantations and Plantations East have done. "Otherwise we will always be in the wrong section trying to re- spond. It is a great concern for us. Our responses have gone up by 1,000 incidents a year. We expect a twenty percent increase this year. "The area this development is in is of great concern because with traffic it makes it very hard for our volunteer firefighters to reach it.", Prior to the public hearing, Natelli agreed to give $250 per settlement to the fire company to help alleviate some of their costs. "The fire department needs help expanding and improving their serves," Fuqua said. "This can help them perhaps purchase a new fire station or whatever they need." The total raised for the fire company if each home is sold would be $147,000. Henry Glowiak spoke last on the new development. "I really wasn't going to com- ment tonight," he said. "It doesn't seem to do much good. It is an- other example of sprawl and an- other flawed example of our com- prehensive plan. We're rapidly turning Sussex County into a parking lot." The planners deferred recom- mendation on the development and will be on the Thursday, June 10 planners' agenda. t,. Itevte e. O'C •  • IteWn e. O'Cmnw • LIST • Itevie P. O'Connor • BIIY . Itevle e. O'CouK • SFJ.L • ltevin e. O'oer Ocean Front 804 South Ocean Drive 5BR, 3.5 BA. Approved extra large ocean front deck. Shown by appointment only, g South Market Street (Rt. 13) [ This major parcel allows direct access off major ii ii ' road thoroughfares, 1-95 and US Rte. 13. Adequate //II o access to New Jersey via the Delaware Memorial /I l/1  = Bridge and a straight shot across the river to the l l II [] Delaware Blue Rocks stadium and Shipyard //II " shoppes. " /Ill " A kin " s g € CR Zoning /Total of 13+ Acres POSSIBLE USES €,IK lJl;ll;,n,, v' Across from newly . Convention Center • Luxury Apartments • q,-v -i--=.l-. proposed AAA center • Major upscale hotel & restaurant e,. "-.. TOO MANY UPGRADES TO LIST.' | ., ..":': This 3BR 2BA single family home in a gated community has "entertainment" all " _. . | and a spiral staircase, which are just the beginning. Located on lot #5 Fortune i: ...... i 1 over it. ere-wired for SmartHouse, the home includes spacious 16 foot ceilings " =': Circle in Reserve at Fortune Field, Milton. $649,000 RE PENTHOUSE  Krz’i’iI00 I #3716 Sanibel Village  ' REALTY G" --,r-- - ROUP ] Accessible by elevator, this 2 story "beach home ., .. .i . ..., .,..= offers marble foyer/dining room, soffitlighting, wain- L;all l00evin I-'. u uonnor scoting, and decorative moldings throughout the -."- (rlire_t vvi vvv vvvv • =vv tastefully decorated first floor. First Floor master, . ! € covered patio (perfect for entertaining) and 4 gener- Ret,re2de@aol.com , ous bedrooms & 3 baths.  317 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE = € Offered at $329,000. = 302-227-4s00  • Jouuog,0 "d u!,V • lrl • Jouuo3,0 "el Ulall • 'l • Jouuo'd,O "’1 ultmll • IIIH • Jouuo,O " Ula, l • I.rl • JouuO'J,O "’1Ul, U;X •