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6 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6" MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2013 Viewpoints Cape Gazette Letters )) Sterling Crossing residents voice concerns Sussex County homeowners residing on Copper Drive North, Copper Drive South, Cobalt Way, Bronze Street and Mercury Drive, in a neighborhood subdivi- sion known as Sterling Crossing, have read with great concern the Cape Gazette's coverage (in the Aug. 27 publication) of Sussex County Planning & Zoning Com- mission's rezoning of parcels adjacent to our community, and comments regarding the project- ed building of a road to connect Route 24 and Old Landing Road. Residents of Sterling Cross- ing are a diverse community of part- and full-time residents, with very young and school- age children among us. We are deeply concerned that plans for a road in the area take into account the integrity and safety of our neighborhood and residents. We petition the public and Sussex County Council to consider the issues and recommendations expressed in this letter. Background: Sussex County Council is considering the Herola Family LLC and Artisans' Bank pro- posed commercial rezoning of agricultural land located behind Walmm't in the Rehoboth Mall and the Beebe/Tunnell Cancer Center. The council is consider- ing Councilman George Cole's request that a proposed road be included as part of this rezoning plan. The road would be an exten- sion of a road stub off Route 24 (John I. Williams Highway) that now ends in the agricultural land. It would connect Route 24 to Old Landing Road near Airport Road. The specifics of the proposed road's location and its impacts on residential roads have not ap- peared in the press and need to be clarified, as discussed further below. The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission recom- mended approval of the rezoning Aug. 20. There were no local or state objections to the proposed rezoning/road. The rezoning was supported by the Delaware Eye Institute and Rehoboth Mall Lim- ited Partnership. County council will meet again Tuesday, Sept. 10. The commercial developer would be responsible for con- structing the road, but the state will take over its maintenance after it is constructed. Conse- quently, the developer may seek to build the shortest, cheapest road - exactly the kind of road that might link to Sterling Cross- ing roads and that would have devastating impact on Sterling Crossing. Issues: The purpose of the road is unclear. Is it intended to divert some traffic off a segment of Continued on page 7 -sand suppose to be white? Thel nail my foot! Well, that's permissible. This beach has passed inspection! The only danger here is... ...when the color of your tan matches the color of the sand. Editorial )) Route 24 rezoning: more specifics needed H erola Family LLC and Artisans' Bank have asked Sussex County to rezone a 25-acre parcel of land fronting Ro{lte 24 north of Beebe Medical Center's Route 24 health campus from agricultural/residential to commercial. This is one request that has been flying very low on the radar screen. At a recent public hearing before Sussex County Council, Councilman George Coie in- sisted, rightly, that any plans for the property must include completing a connector road between Route 24 and Old Landing Road. It's nice to hear a member of council pressing for written commitments before such rezon- ings are granted. The connector road Cole wants guaranteed will add further to the grid network in the Route 1 corridor, and that can only help. The larger question, however, is what is being planned for the parcel? A spokesman for the applicants says only that a commercial/re- tail complex is being planned. Is that enough information to grant a rezonlng on a sub- stantial piece of productive agricultural land that will instantly increase the value of the land to the owners by millions of dollars and radically intensify the use of the land? Com- mercial zoning permits a wide variety of uses including retail, construction yards, bottling works, greenhouses, farm implement sales and service, vehicle sales and storage, materi- als storage, bakeries and lots more. When the Lingo-Townsend group went before Sussex County Council for the contro- versial rezoning of a piece of agricultural land to commercial for the Village Centre, rep- res.entatives came with a fully designed and detailed plan that the public could consider. Herola Family LLC and Artisans' Bank should do no less with this proposed rezoning. Re- zonings are supposed to be done to benefit the community's welfare, not just to enhance the value of a landowner's property. Without specifics about what is planned for the rezoned property, how can the public, or Sussex County Council, form an intelligent opinion about whether the proposed rezon- ing will be a public benefit or just add further to the congestion of Route 17 This rezonlng should be denied unless further details are provided about how the property will be used. Caoe Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Forney, publisher: Trish Vernon. editor: Dave Frederick. sports editor: Laura Ritter news editor: and Jen Ellingsworth. arts anti entertainment editor. ........................................................................................... 7 .......................................................... Weather Picture )) WRITIE NOW Letters must be signed and include a telephone number for verification. Please keep letters to 650 words or fewer. We reserve the right to edit for content and length. Write to Cape Gazette. PO Box 213, Lewes. DE 19958: fax 645-1664; or email news- room@capegazette.com. Web Poll )) Majority says more audits needed of schools Special education in our schools needs: RON MACARTHUR PHOTO THE SUN RISES over a World War II tower at Cape Henlopen State Park on a More funding 36,1% lovely early September morning. Less funding 19,6% More audits 44.31% The total of votes counted was 158. ) For local weather, including highs and lows see page 115 To participate in the current web poll, visit CapeGazette.com. Cape Gazette Volume 20 No. 28 Publisher Dennis Fomey, Ext. 303 dennisforney@capegazette.co m Editor, Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 newsroom@capegazette.com Office Manager, Kathy Emery, Ext. 308 kemery@capegazette.com Sports Editor, Dave Frederick, Ext. 304 fredman@capegazette.com News Editor, Laura Ritter, Ext, 320 laura@capegazette.com A&E Editor, Jen Ellingsworth, Ext. 319 jen@capegazette.com Copy Editor, Bernadette Hearn, Ext. 316 , bernie@capegazette.com NEWS Henry Evans. Ext. 336 nevans@capegazette.com Ron MacArthur. Ext. 318 ronm@capegazetce.corr Ryan Mavity, Ext. 337 ryanm@capegazette.com Kara Nuzback. Ext. 317 knuzback@capegazerre.corn Rachel Swick Mavity, Ext. 321 racne capegazette.com Nick Roth, Ext. 335 ickroth@caoegazette.com Melissa Steele. 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