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8. CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, July 25 - Thursday, July 27, 2006 Lewis property developer seeks direction from city Lewes Planning Commission: project needs revisions By Henry J. Evans Jr. Cape Gazette staff A landscape architect working to subdi- vide property owned by the R.J. Lewis fam- ily in Lewes along Anglers Road and Market Street is seeking clarification from the Lewes Planning Commission on where the application stands. Jeffrey A. Clark of Land Tech Land Planning LLC, Ocean View, on Wednesday, July 19, appeared before the commission asking for a status report of the subdivision request he said has been pending for 15 months. The commission took no action on Clark's request for a report. The subdivision application seeks to cre- ate 20 lots on about five acres adjacent to Anglers Road and Market Street. Clark said he paid the $1,000 fee at the time he applied for the subdivision and has been waiting for reports from city engineers and building officials that would provide guidance in how to amend project plans before coming back before the commission. Answers to many of Clark's questions were faxed to him in a Wednesday, July 19, 2006, letter from City Building Official Henry R. Baynum Jr. Baynum's list includes 11 comments and concerns related to the proposed subdivi- sion. Among them: Lack of a stormwater management plan. Who owns the open space adjacent to 15 of the lots? Eight lots that do not have the required 50-foot street frontage. A lack of approval from state and feder- al agencies to fill wetland areas. The creation of lot lines that are not par- allel at the front and rear and that are not as straight as possible. Clark asked the Planning Commission to provide comments in writing on the pro- posed subdivision, but City Solicitor Tempe Steen said that isn't the panel's job. Last December Clark told the panel that if they didn't like the proposed plans he would make changes. Commission Chairwoman Kay Camahan in December said the original plan had too many ele- ment.s causing the commission Concern. Clark submitted a redesign of the project for consideration but it was withdrawn and did not replace the original concept. Among the Commission's ongoing con- cerns is how close to adjacent wetlands the development would be constructed and the total number of units proposed for the site. Carnahan said a wetlands delineation for the site was still pending from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Working through the process of developing the site has been complex for owners Robert and Judith Lewis. In March the Mayor and Council voted to change zoning of the property to Lewes Beach residential after it had been rezoned to open space during the city's comprehensive rezoning of 1999. The Lewises said the rezoning occurred while they were living out of state and they had not beenmade aware of the change. Concerned about litigation, the council rezoned the property back to residential The Lewises first considered develop- ment of the property in 1973 when it was zoned commercial. They obtained a condi- tional use permit to build 97 town houses and eight commercial units but the project was never started. The Anglers Road and Market Street par- cel consists of contiguous wetlands and uplands. Clark last year said there is little likelihood of obtaining permission from federal authorities to fill portions of the wetlands for development. Clark said nonetheless, it would not be impossible to develop wetland portions. He said wetlands might also be dedicated to the city. Continued from page 7 To McDonald's, Casella's, Commentary Continued from page 7 August, it did not contain limited liability protection that MTBE producers had sought to shield them from lawsuits. The new omnibus law also required oil companies to triple the amount of bio-fuels added to gasoline by 2012. Ethanol - a type of alcohol typi- cally produced from corn - enabled oil companies to kill two birds with one stone. It could replace MTBE as an additive to reduce tailpipe emissions, while enabling companies tO increase their use of bio-fuels in recogni- tion of the new mandate. Starting in May, oil companies began to aggressively phase-in E- l0 in Delaware. "E-10," a blend of 10 percent ethanol and 90 per- Jakes Seafood House, Nicola Pizza, Pepsi Cola Co, Seaford Ice, and Donut Connection thank you for helping us nourish our partici- pates and cancer survivors. Boy Scout Troop 105, your con- tributions in making it all work is cent gasoline, is now the only type of gasoline available in the First State. However, the rapid switch to ethanol in Delaware and other East Coast states strained avail- able supplies and drove up prices. Depending on whether you were buying on the spot market or under contract, ethanol prices have ranged between $3 and $5 per gallon in recent weeks. That translates to a cost of $126 to $210 per barrel of ethanol, compared to about $94 for a barrel of gasoline at the refinery. With ethanol comprising 10 percent of the volume of each gal- lon of gasoline, the RFG sold in Delaware costs more than the con- ventional gasoline in sold in Maryland's lower shore. Adding additional cost are transportation issues. Most of the E-10 sold in Delaware comes A KNOCK OUT HAPPY HOUR $5 Pitchers of Coors Light Anytime 20 Wings & Steamed Shrimp Mon.- Fri. 3-6 HOOTERS appreciated: The hours you vol- unteer truly make a difference. Thank you to all our partici- pants for making this the best Relay ever - without you there would not be a relay. Maybe it will be one of the dollars raised that will make the difference in finding a cure. A very, very special thanks to our cancer survivors your courage is truly an inspiration to all of us. There are so many people, organizations and community from Delaware City or Baltimore, whereas most of the conventional gas sold on the lower shore is transported by barge to Salisbury and distributed'from there. In other words, it costs more to get RFG to the pumps in Delaware. Ironically, Sussex County gaso- line retailers have had to cut their profit margins in a vain attempt to close the gap between themselves and their Maryland counterparts. Meanwhile, those Maryland retailers close to the border can boost their margins and still offer Delaware motorists a comparative bargain - all while making more money on each gallon sold. Delaware is not alone in being forced to use RFG. In this region, all of New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts along with portions of New York, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and most of Maryland must also use the specialty RFG blends. Prices in this region reflect that. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, prices for the Central Atlantic Region averaged about $3.02. We share the frustration of Delaware motorists because we're Delaware motorists too. While it's underst,ndable to be irritated at the seeming lack of fairness that's lead to downstate Delawareans paying more at the pumps than their Maryland neigh- bors, please recognize that the cir- cumstances responsible for this are beyond the control of your state legislators and local retailers. 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