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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 29 - September 4, 1997 - 13 Sussex about to bring curtain down on land use plan By Michael Short Sussex County is preparing to bring the curtain down on the land use plan. The land use plan was once the most dominant issue facing the county and it prompted massive turnouts of angry residents, many of whom worried about lost prop- erty rights and the demise of the family farm. In March, Sussex County adopt- ed a preliminary land use plan. Sussex County Planning and Zoning will consider the issue at a hearing on Oct. 2. The issue will then be taken up by Sussex Coun- ty Council in a hearing on Tues- day, Oct.2 !. In the meantime, the county continues to slowly steam ahead with ordinances to be adopted to give the land use plan its teeth. Without the ordinances, the land use plan is only half a docu- ment. The two are considered to go hand-in-hand. Sussex County Council set a hearing on the proposed C-2 com- mercial zone for Sept. 9. The commercial zone calls for more setbacks, landscaping and other measures such as connecting roadways for large commercial properties of at least 50,000 square feet in size. County Councilman George Cole has championed that cause, arguing that the impact of "big box" businesses mean they should have to meet some additional re- quirements. Also on Sept. 9, the county council will consider a second pending ordinance to increase the size of conservation zones. That measure calls for larger lots in a strip immediately adja- cent to water bodies such as the inland bays for areas which do not have central sewer. The measure has prompted praise from environmentalists, but concern from several property rights advocates who say it will amount to a taking with little in the way of environmental proof. The measure calls for minimum lot sizes in some areas to be in- creased from one acre to two acres in size. One final public hearing on the plan is needed before the plan is finalized, but since that March de- cision, the once boiling issue has slowed to more of a slow simmer. On Tuesday, Aug. 26, Sussex County County set two hearing dates on the final ordinance to make the land use plan law. This is the last chance for the public to comment before the plan becomes reality. Bays Continued from page 12 "summer. It has also recently been found in Delaware's inland bays. Lower levels of phosphorous mean the toxic organism probably will not be a problem, he said. The levels for nutrients are also the levels at which submerged aquatic vegetation can grow and flourish. Schneider said higher nutrient levels make it difficult for the vegetation, which provides important habitat and which helps indicate good water quality to ex- ist. Delaware has tried to re-estab- lish eel grass in its bays, but Bruce Richards, the executive director of the Center for the Inland Bays, said this week that the grass ap- pears to be dead. The eel grass is believed to have been killed by excessive amounts of sea lettuce, a common and sometimes nuisance sea weed that blocks sunlight from reaching the beds of eel grass, he said. Essentially, that sets a environ- mental standard, Schneider said. "We have some standards now .... We have the height of the bar." How do the bay levels of nitro- gen and phosphorous stack up? Here are figures provided by DNREC: Of l0 water quality monitoring sites, half met the cri- teria for dissolved nitrogen and known met the quality for phos- phorous. The upper reaches of In- dian River were considered partic- ularly high in nutrient amounts. Water monitoring station 306071 near the head of Rehoboth Bay at Lewes Reh0both Canal - Nitrogen .049, Phosphorous .023. Station 306091 near center of Rehoboth Bay - Nitrogen .0816, Phosphorous .021. Station 306111 near Massey's Ditch - Nitrogen .0835, Phospho- rous .026. Station 306321, Indian River Inlet - Nitrogen .101, Phospho- rous .02. Station 306121 near middle of Indian River Bay - Nitrogen. 114, Phosphorous .0267. "1 Sold My 4-Bedroom Home in Rehoboth and Moved to Plantations" Ben Davis found himself, like so many other retirees, alone in the big family home with large gardens to tend and not enough time for all of the activities he loved. He explains, "1 put my home on the market and it sold in three weeks. I needed a new home right away. Good friends told me about Plantations. "1 found a waterfront Courtyard unit already built and was able to move in quick- ly. He says, "It's a blessing to be away from Route I and on a county road. Now that I have no yard work to do," he says, "1 take full advantage of the pools, tennis courts, the clubhouse and the state-of-the-art fitness center. Also at Plantations I feed the families of geese and ducks living there with their little waddlers." Other residents of Lewes and Rehoboth Beach have also found a home at Plantations. Why don't you come over, too, for one look? Prices start at $113,500. For information, call 302.645.2727 or 800.777.1530. From Route One, turn west at Midway Shopping Center traffic light onto Postal Lane, then right ]' on 275. I imt=