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Long Range Continued from page 10 would then be up to the board to adopt or revise various ordinances which would carry weight of law. Planner Bob Scala suggested that the board may want the com- mission to provide draft ordi- nances or begin working on a par- ticular area which the board deems most important. "In the long run, the city ordinances have to be consistent with the plan," Scala said. Board members and Planners launched into a discussion they began at the first meeting on the plan a couple of months ago on whether the Plan, if adopted, is a "requirement" or a "guideline". "We have to be careful," said Commissioner Richard Sargent citing one example as beach preservation. "What if it costs $7 million and there's no funding from the government, but our plan stipulates we must preserve the beach - is the city obligated to pick up the cost?" "The plan is far more than a guideline. It's policy. And in the fullness of time, you take whatev- er steps you need to - you enshrine what you see fit," Scala replied. 'Tm very comfortable with all of the goals, but not all are short term attainable, and some may be unattainable," Sargent said. "I don't want special interest groups telling us we must to this or that and I don't want legal difficulties or having our hands tied," Sargent Main Street Continued from page 10 Cochran went on to note that the Long Range Plan addresses the idea of an information booth and suggests it to be ideally a Main Street project anyway. In fact, Kramedas learned following the meeting that the chamber has dropped any intentions of placing a kiosk in Rehoboth Beach this summer. Dusbiber vowed to get together with representatives from the chamber, Long Range Plan and Main Street to come up with a plan for an information booth for 1997. Main Street member Alan Garey also passed out the mem- bership application brochures for Rehoboth Main Street, which are being circulated around the vicini- ty. There are three memberships available - regular ($150 a calen- dar year, with full voting rights and board eligibility for business- es and commercial property own- ers within the district served by Main Street); associate ($75, for those with business located out- side the city who choose to partic- ipate but have no voting rights);  and friend ($25, with no voting rights, for individuals wishing to show their support for the effort). For more information call 227- 2772. The next Main Street meeting will be held at 5:15 p.m., Wednes- day, July 10 in its new office. continued. Once again Scala explained the Plan is "a beacon. You have prior- ities and a timetable." Planner Mable Granke added "We're not trying to encapsulate the framework in a short period of time - it's a Long Range Plan. Un- less the city has a framework, you stand at risk of not being able to achieve what needs to be done. It's not tied to the action plan." City Solicitor Walt Speakman told them that his research shows that Rehoboth's Plan isn't a tradi- tional comprehensive plan or "of- ficial map. In lieu of some statute from the state, it's not binding - it's a guideline unless the city words the language in the adop- tion of the plan to make it binding. If you adopt it as a resolution, it's not binding; if you adopt it as an ordinance, it could be." Scala said he would like to see the city adopt it as a resolution, "and if you're truly committed, you'll back it up with appropriate action." As to whether the city can be held accountable if it doesn't fol- low the plan when it takes some CAPE 0AZE'i, Friday, Jtlne 7-o'fi3; 11" future action, Speakrnan is of the opinion that it can be, even if the beard stipulates its reasons for di- verting from the plan. They also discussed a variety of inconsistencies which need to be cleaned up before the plan can be adopted, and inserting words such as "seeks to" or "should" to give the city more latitude. One action plan in particular doesn't sit well with Commission- er Jan Konesey, which, in an ef- fort to attract more year round res- idents, people would be allowed to operate certain businesses out of their homes. She said she had a bad experience with a contractor living next to her, but Sargent ex- plained that they were focusing more on "low impact" businesses, such as people who work at home via their computers and modems. "It won't serve us to nit-pick - this is not a zoning ordinance," Sargent said. "When we do consider an ordi- nance, it won't exactly be this broad of an idea." The Planners will take care of the inconsistencies at their regular meeting on Monday, June 10. N EW COU RTYARDS Available Today! New Courtyards or cluster homes are available today at Plantations. 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