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T i County sets hearings on biotech industry issue By Jim Cresson After an unusual amount of dis- cussion, county council agreed, Aug. 5, to hold public hearings on whether to allow agriculture-relat- ed industry and biotech campuses in Sussex. The biotech issue arose during 2002 hearings on the Sussex County comprehensive plan up- date, when the state suggested the county include those operations in its agricultural/residential zoning districts. But when the first draft ordi- nances were presented in late June for the biotech campuses and agri- cultural-related industries, they drew immediate opposition from Councilman George Cole. As presented in the draft ordi- nances, agriculture-related indus- try was defined as "business es- tablishments that rely on farm or forest products for a substantial portion of their material inputs and that obtain at least 51 percent of their inputs either directly from the local farm or forest/logging in- Milton Continued from page 16 cluding all of Broad Street in the zone. However, it was decided that the entire street would be in- eluded only if all property owners unanimously requested it. Although several parcels in the zone are residential, many of them were originally commercial in na- ture, such as a pharmacy. The Milton Museum and the Nature Conservancy office on Union Street are located in the zone. Creating the town center zone is part of a project to update and re- vise Milton zoning regulations. With increasing residential devel- opment and a new strip mall under way in the area, many residents have registered concern regarding the lack of specificity and restric- tions in existing zoning laws. The laws had not been updated in sev- eral decades. To create regula- tions that will serve the growing dustry or indirectly through local early stage processors or whole- salers." It also noted "agricultural-relat- ed industry would be a permitted use, provided that such use is vi- sually and acoustically screened from adjacent highways and prop- erty in such a manner that a rea- sonable passerby is not attracted to or aware of the establishment." The first draft ordinance for biotech campuses defined them as "The research, development and manufacture of products by using biotechnology primarily for agri- culture application. For the pur- poses of this ordinance, biotech- nology is defined as the scientific manipulation of living organisms especially at the molecular level to produce useful products. "Gene splicing and the use of recombinant DNA (rDNA) are major techniques used. Applica- tions also include the production of certain drugs, synthetic hor- mones, and bulk foodstuffs as well as the bioconversion of or- community, a zoning ordinance committee and members of the Planning and Zoning Commission have been meeting once or twice monthly since January. The committee and commis- sioners are also working to revise the law regulating subdivisions. The revision will be reviewed at the Tuesday, Aug. 19 planning and zoning meeting. After that review, it will go to town council at the Tuesday, Sept. 2 meeting. The meedng is sched- uled for Tuesday because Mon- day, Sept. 1, is the Labor Day hol- iday. Milton Town Council members begin a series of Thursday budget workshops Aug. 14. Members will meet at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 14, 21 and 28 in the conference room in the Cannery Village office build- ing. Workshops are open to the public. Council will review the budget at the. Sept. 2 meeting be- fore a final workshop and special meeting to approve the budget. ganic waste and use of genetically altered bacteria in the cleanup of oil spills. "Research, development and manufacture of products which may be toxic to human, animal or plant life, is prohibited." Those first draft ordinances both used the term "permitted use" when referring to the agricul- ture-related industry and the biotech campuses. That was the what bothered Cole. "We might want to rethink this," Cole said when the final draft ordinances appeared in council July 29. "We get so many complaints now about new hous- ing developments in the AR dis- Continued on page 18 Bruce Uliss and Steve Malcom WORKING WITH YOUR PREFERENCES Every purchase of a home involves a certain amount of compromise. When you are working with a Realtor, it is important that you give your agent a clear idea which of your criteria is flexible and which items you really must have in your new home. If you prefer a specific loca- tion, for example, discuss why you want to live in that neigh- borhood. The agent might be able to suggest alternative areas that offer the same amenities or convenience to your office. How important is size? Do you really need four bedrooms, or would three bedrooms work if there were a den for your home office? How much are you will- ing to correct with redecorating or remodeling? Are you willing to expand your price range by using an adjustable rate mort- gage to increase your buying power? We ask buyers a lot of ques- tions so that we can use their time most efficiently and show them only houses that are real possibilities for them. For professional advice on all aspects of buying or selling real estate, consult "The Results Team" at Long and Foster. 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