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Delaware's Cape Region Friday, Sept.13 - Thursday, Sept. 19, 1996 Volume 4, No. 17 : Sussex Comprehensive Plan goes to hearing Sept. 19 By Michael Short and Rosanne Pack The draft of the Sussex County Compre- hensive Plan will get its first real test on Sept. 19. That's when the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on the document which is expected to have far reaching consequences on Sussex residents for years. The plan is expected to have the force of law. That's significant because previous comprehensive plans have been considered guides. That means the county was not compelled to follow those plans. That will not be the case with this plan. Tom Shafer, of the consulting firm Whit- man, Requardt and Associates, however, says the county must consider the overall intent of a plan and must still make deci- sions on a case by case basis. County Administrator Bob Stickels said that if the county does not follow the plan when it makes land use decisions, the coun- ty could be accused of not following the law. Read that as potential legal challenges the county could face if it tries to ignore a plan. That means the plan will have teeth. It covers land use decisions to be made by the county and will impact density, develop- ment and other similar issues. County Council President Dale Dukes said that he hopes people will comment on the plan because it is too important to adopt without hearing what the public thinks. "It's going to be something affecting people for at least five years," Dukes said. "I want a lot of input on this," Dukes said. Actually, the plan is expected to last longer than five years. The plan puts a strong Continued on page 16 Irrate mother files complaint against top Rehoboth cop By Rosanne Pack According to a Hagerstown, Md. mother, what was supposed to be a carefree late summer get-a-way for her and her three sons turned into a night of fright and frustration for the family. The events of Thursday, August 22 led her to file a complaint against the Chief of Police of Rehoboth Beach. Wednesday, Sept. 11, Susan Mason, 48, filed a Citizen Complaint Report with the Rehoboth Beach Police Department stating that the nature of the complaint against Chief Creig W. Doyle is as follows: (1) Harassment; (2) Use of excessive force; (3) False arrest and (4) Behavior unbecoming a police officer. Mason said her two older sons, Beau, 17, and Brian, 15, allege that the act of sitting on the back of a bench in the Wilmington Street Pavilion led Doyle to approach Beau and use profanity in commanding him to get off the bench. According to their account, after Beau complied with the command, Doyle gave him to the count of three to leave the pavilion and threatened him with arrest for loitering. Even though he questioned what he was doing wrong, Beau Mason said that he Continued on page 10 Angle Moon photo Preparing to celebrate Dewey Beach's 15th anniversary with flair Matt Gibson of Rehoboth Beach (painting at left) was two years old when the Town of Dewey Beach incorporated. The town is pulling out all the stops this weekend to celebrate its 15th anniversary, with special presentations to take place at tonight's (Sept. 13) commissioners meeting, followed by a bonfire on the beach. On Saturday from 1-4 p.m., a group of professional skateboarders, Zoo York, will demonstrate their techniques, sponsored by Dewey Beach Surf and Sport. Above, Gibson, along with Michael McDenough of Dewey and Corey Mahoney of Rehoboth, paint the skateboard rampsin preparation, as the Dewey Lions Club donated the wood and Ronnie Garner of Lewes built the ramps. I housing was intended to encompass apart- ments, noting that efficiency or one-bed- room apartments, for example would most likely never approach such a large size. The code "seems to be implying single family dwellings, which appears to be a house, not a multi-family dwelling," said Fuqua. Karen Speakman, deputy director of NCALL Research, Inc., said during the hearing that those who move into the apart- ments must be employed. The income level requirements are $12,000 to $24,000, depending on the number of members in the family. The maximum income for a two-member household will be $18,240, and the maxi- mum income for a four-member household is $22,800. No apartment will be rented to a family of more than four. Rents for the apartments will be either $287 or $353, and no one will be able to rent the housing with Continued on page 11 By Kerry Kester The Milton Planning and Zoning Com- mission voted unanimously during a Tues- day, Sept. 10 hearing to approve Milton Landing's request for a special exception variance. The commission's decision will be forwarded for final approval from the Milton Town Council, who will vote on whether to allow the low-income housing project to continue. The commission's approval paves the way for the development to erect 880 square foot apartments in six two-story buildings on property located on Rt. 16 across from the Tastee Freeze. The Milton Landing developers requested an exception from the building code that calls for residential dwellings to be at least 1,100 square feet. While deliberating its decision, the town's attorney, Jim Fuqua, questioned whether the ordinance referring to the mini- mum size requirement for the residential Milton P&Z approves Rt. 16 low income housing units