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24 - CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, July 21 - Monday, July 24, 2006 Appeal Continued from page 1 impact on Milton," said Holland. "We will do all we can on the state level to make sure this does- n't become a reality." In January the county planners decided to deny the third form of the Isaacs Glen proposal. Reynolds Pond LLC, developers of the project, appealed the deci- sion to the county council June 13, stating that the county could not deny the development because it is in accordance with the current land use plan. "Through March of this year. 29 applications [for develop- ments] have come to the county," said Bill Manning, attorney for the developer. "Twenty-six have been approved." Manning and Richard Forsten. from the Wilmington office of Klett, Rooney, Lieber and Schorling, handled the appeal, while Georgetown attorney Jim Fuqua handled the county devel- opment application. "You can't look at those 26 other projects and say they are better [than Isaacs Glen]," said Manning. Only five of them pre- serve more open space than Isaacs Glen and eight projects had high- er gross density than this project." Manning said the council's decision to approve the develop- ment this week was what should have happened in the first place. The Isaacs family contends they have the right to develop the land. 'It's our land." said David Isaacs. "We are allowed by law to sell it to developers." The Isaacs asked for only what is allowed by law under the latest proposal, which the council approved. According to county ordinance, anyone who owns land zoned AR-1 (agricultural-residen- tial) is allowed to build two hous- es per acre. Councilman Dale Dukes agreed, stating that the county cannot make decisions based on the public's opposition. Instead, the county must go by the land use plan and the ordinances. "We must be consistent," said Dukes, who recalled the county council denying a former applica- tion, which included commercial space, because it was unfavorable. At that point the council allowed the developers to resubmit a sub- division plan without the com- mercial and put it on the top of the pile. "As I recall this is exactly what the council suggested...it meets the code," said Dukes. Council President Lynn Rogers, who represents the Milton area, has not supported the application throughout the process. At the council meeting, his head and possibly his heart sagged a little bit when he had to approve the appeal. Rogers has always said the development would be larger than his town of Milton and would be out of character in an area that is mostly agricultural. "It's been a long, sensitive issue." said Rogers. "Legally we are taking the right step. I person- ally don't like the size...But I am legally bound." The county set conditions on the Isaacs Glen project, including that it must be a 10-year build out, with no more than 160 building permits issued per year. The developers must also provide a revised site plan, showing a bus stop, recreation areas and land- scaping to the county planners for approval. Hotel Redevelopmen 2006 CHEVY IMPALA. NOWd00m00% FOR 60 MONmSl 2006 CHEVY AVALANCHE aowdr00% FOR 72 MONTHS| with 00etection OVER 200 vehi'cle00o,o You'll find whut you wartt right bere00 I, - ,-