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I..Jp le IIIIL TUESDAY, JUNE 17 - THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2008 S i Dewey expands and extends building moratorium By Georgia Leonhart georgia@capegazette.com Dewey Beach town commis- sioners have enacted a building moratorium ordinance, the fifth moratorium in about two years. It expands an existing moratori- um by eliminating all but one ex- emption and it extends the term of the moratorium by two months. Commissioner Diane Hanson proposed the ordinance in May after Dewey Beach Enterprises on April 4 riled amendments to the Ruddertowne redevelop- ment plan. Hanson originally said she would require enact- ment of an expanded moratori- um or enactment of a townwide floor-area to property-area ratio (FAR) The FAR was enacted during the May 9 meeting, mak- ing some people question why Hanson had not withdrawn the proposed ordinance. "With all due respect, I voted for something I didn't like be- cause you said if FAR passed you wouldn't need this," Commis- sioner Dale Cooke told Hanson regarding his vote in support of the FAR ordinance. "Moratoriums are bad for busi- ness," said Commissioner Claire Walsh. "I believe, indeed, this will do damage," she said, adding she is dismayed by the townwide FAIL Hanson said she decided to move forward with the expand- ed moratorium despite her prior statements because the town needs to reduce the burden on the planning and zoning com- mission as it prepares to review the draft zoning ordinance and needs to stop restaurant applica- tions because of parking prob- lems. "This is another moratorium directed at the elephant in the living room," Walsh said, obvi- ously referring to the Rudder- towne redevelopment project, "We need to move ahead to safeguard the town," Hanson re- sponded. But town solicitor John Brady said Hanson's intention to pre- vent further amendments to the Ruddertowne redevelopment plans through an expanded moratorium will probably fail. 'mything that was filed before today would not be affected by this," Brady said during the Fri- day, June 13 meeting. The FAR ordinance also only has effect from its date of enact- ment forward, Brady said. 'n amendment to an existing application that is pending would not be covered," Brady said. 'An application for a new conditional use would be affect- ed." But Hanson disagreed. She Continued on page 8 House Continued from page I to place a new roof on the struc- ture as well as new shingles on its exterior. Vessels said the structure's original windows would be preserved and protect- ed with new, specially designed storm windows. There will also be extensive interior work to ready the house for use as of- rices. Vessels, a member of the Sussex County Land Trust board of directors, is serving as project manager for the trust. The Wolfe house served as home to the Wolfe family from the time of its construction in about 1872 until a few years ago when the state bought the house and surrounding land to expand its Cape Henlopen State Park holdings. The Wolfe family's ac- tivity in the area as farmers dates back to at least a century before construction of the Wolfe house. The curatorial section of the state Division of Parks is work- ing in partnership with Sussex County Land Trust to rehabili- tate the structure. When com- plete, it will house land trust of- rices and state park offices. The rehabilitation work is being fi- nanced jointly by the state and the land trust, which was able to secure a $50,000 grant from the DENNIS FORNEY PHOTO Bob Davidson gently urges the Wolfe house back onto its original site, but new foundation. Caldera development group for the project. A number of local businesses including Element Design and David G. Horsey and Sons also worked in partnership with the land trust to get the house back on a new foundation on its original site. Vessels said he hoped the proj- ect would be complete by the end of this calendar year. He said he would be working with Cara Blume, cultural con- servation program manager for the parks division. "We will be walking through the house to de- cide what has to be retained and what can be replaced to maintain the structure's integrity." Blume, he said, works with other state park properties that involve his- toric structures. "After we get everything else done," said Ves- sels, "we plan to landscape around the structure with native species." A number of old sycamore and cedar trees al- ready add a shady feel to the site. JI-rERS 10% OFF your purchase of any  FREE 11 kluteeh Awning Products m I nd Wind Sensor Jr "lrRe ote Contro a " W' Coupon only. Not valid with other offers or discounts. T With Coupon only. Not v'alid with other offers LIVING ROOM, DINING ROOM, BEDROOM, HOME OFFICE, YOU NAME IT, IT'S ON SALE] ,MONTHS SAME VAS L AIB O Y COME GET A BETTER BESCHE BUY. I ON HIGHWAY 9, 4 MILES EAST OF GEORGETOWN, DE. 302-856-6365 - WWW.BESCHEFU RNITURE.COM