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l W TUESDAY, AUGUST 5- THURSDAY, AUGUST 7, 2008 NEWS Gazette Henlopen Continued from page 8 The decision goes against the recommendation of approval of the town-house concept by county plan_g and zoning, but in favor of what most residents of Henlopen Landing wanted. Councilman Lynn Rogers said residents bought homes in Hen- lopen Landing based on the fact that it was a single-family-home development. "People have spent their life savings to move in there and that's not what they bought into - a section with town houses," he said. "It's not fair and it should remain as 46 single-family homes with no changes." At the Oct. 30, 2007 council public hearing Joe Campos, rep- resenting Henlopen Landing res- idents, presented petitions with nearly 100 signatures. He said most people bought into the community based off the expectation of living in a single- family-home development. He said no one was ever showna plan that included town houses. Preston Dyer, one of the devel- opers, said the builders had the right to change the plans and the change was for the betterment of the community. It provided an improved transitional area with more open space between the large commercial area across the street with a large 70-foot buffer, he said. Several amenities, in- cluding a pool and clubhouse, were also planned for the new section. With the change back to the original design, the fate of the amenities is questionable, said Lawrence Lank, directo r of coun- ty planning and zoning. The developers wanted to delete phase four of the Hen- lopen Landing project, which called for the construction of 277 homes, and replace it with town houses. That plan included another conditional-use request for a 13- THE HENLOPEN LANDING community acre parcel for 50 town houses, which is not part of Henlopen Landing, at the intersection of Plantation Road and Beaver Dam Road. Nearly four acres of that parcel has been deeded over to the Delaware Department of Transportation for future road- RON MACARTHUR PHOTO is located just off Plantantion and Robinsville roads near Five Points. work at the intersection. Rogers said that request, al- though somewhat related to the previous request, stands on its own merits, but the conditions placed on the request by plan- ning and zoning relate directly back to the previous request. "It gets a little dicey," Council- man George Cole said. The council voted to defer ac- tion on the conditional-use re- quest for the D-acre parcel to al- low time for planning and zoning staff to draft a new set of condi- tions. Green Continued from page 1 marva Power executive, who came up with the long wait esti- mate, which he based on a num- ber of Green Energy Fund vari- ables. Money for the grants comes from BPW electric utility cus- tomers. Under the state-mandat- ed renewable energy initiative, each household pays about 18 cents per month into the fund. Ken Mecham, BPW general manager, said Lewes ratepayers pay a total of about $900 a month into the fund, which is managed by the Delaware Municipal Elec- tric Corp, known as DEMEC. The agency represents nine municipal electric utilities in the state, and it determines whether grant applications meet program requirements before the BPW considers them. Grants are awarded and ful- filled on a first-come, first- served basis, and the money is made available to recipients, project by project, when suffi- cient funds have accrued - and that's happening very slowly compared to the rate at which applications have been received. The money collected from ratapayers is divided equally into three funds - renewable energy, energy efficiency and low-in- come assistance. At the current level of funding each of the three would receive about $300 a month - $3,600 a year. "I have angst about whether people really understand how long it will take," Carmean said. The board approved the newest green energy grant appli- cations at the panel's July 17 meeting. The board, in February 2007, approved its first green energy grant - $15,000 for solar panels to be roof-mounted on a Pilottown Road home. The grant pays 50 percent of a homeowner's request in two in- staUments - half after equipment Retractable Awnings Feature Complele Installalion - Hundreds of Decorator Falmcs  -  . -: 10 Year Warrantv _ ;,_:,, , Ideal for anv Patio. Deck or Window Sun when you want it, Shade when you need it. t0% OFF your purohalm M any ' FREE | Ir Alutech Awning Products "J[--Remote Control and Wind Sensor With Coupon 0nly. Not valid with other offers or discounts. 11 WCh Coupo only. Not lid with other offers for a project is delivered to the site and required permits are ob- tained, and half when the system is operating and has been ap- proved by the BPW. Grants are an incentive for homeowners, reducing the costs of buying and installing energy- saving systems such as solar pan- els, geothermal heating and cool- ing, and solar water heating sys- tams. Board member Jim Gayhardt cast the only vote against the six requests. "People who can least afford this have to pay into it. It's people of means who .get the benefit," Gayhardt said. The grants re- cently approved by the BPW range from $2,400 to $15,000. Lewes homeowner and grant recipient Susan Marbury dis- agreed with Gayhardt. She said the grants are going exactly where intended - to people who would use the money to install systems thfit cut energy con- sumption and lower homeowner costs. "I'm putting more electricity into the grid than I'm using," Marbury said. lupo di mare. cucina italiano