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16- cAPE +GAZETTE, Friday, October 2 - October 8, 1998 O)le seeks action on commercial zoning regulations By Rosanne Pack Waiting for the Sussex County Comprehensive Plan Oversight Advisory Committee to move along, with zoning proposals is making George Cole impatient. The 5th District Sussex County Councilman thinks that decisions are overdue regarding zoning for especially large commercial enter- prises that are termed "super stores." "Our commercial zoning ordi- nance, C-1 general commercial, applies to everything from a pro- duce stand to a Big Kmart," Cole said. "This committee has not met regularly, they are dragging this out while we need to be making changes to meet the times of a new kind of retailing." In a separate interview, Finley Jones, council member for the 2nd District, thinks that the committee should be allowed to serve its pur- pose and come up with a zoning proposal in due time. He antici- pates that there will be some form of ordinance amendment pro- posed after a meeting set for Tues- ,:lay, Oct. 6. His idea is that there will be only one commercial des- ignation, C-l, but it will contain specific regulations that apply to buildings over a certain square footage. "If we put the rules in there, and an applicant goes from A to Z and meets all the regulations, they shouldn't have to come back to county council," Jones said. "If Sussex County Council signs off on rules, and planning and zoning commission sees that an applicant meets them, they shouldn't have to come back." Also at issue now, along with the dissension over zoning regula- tions, is the charge and the sched- ule for the oversight advisory committee. Cole said the members evident- ly do not have a set schedule or a deadline to produce recommenda- tions. Jones agreed that there did not seem to be a time frame for the committee that includes members named by council members. "This is a spinoff of what coun- cil promised the public during the development of the land use plan," he said. "We heard criti- cism that once the government put + something into effect, it never changes. This is to get input and review. "They have met twice now, and I expect that they will come back with something after this October meeting." "They keep saying, 'Let's get some input,' the council members always want input," Cole said. "We got input when there were hearings for the comprehensive plan, and the public was in favor of a zoning designation for super stores." According to Cole, when the current county comprehensive plan was drawn up in 1997, it in- cluded a proposed zoning ordi- nance that would apply to stores such as the giant Lowe's and Kmart stores that cover acres of ground. He said he drafted a new commercial designation, C-2, that would be specifically for super- store proposals. 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He said the ordinance was generally ac- cepted and praised during drafting and comment periods. However, in the final approval phase, three councilmen voted to strike the proposed C-2. An eight-member oversight ad- visory committee was named to review proposed amendments to the existing C-1, general commer- cial zoning designation. Now, af- ter an informational meeting and a meeting to elect a chairman, the task of the committee is to come up with proposals regarding new specific sections of C-1 zoning to be applied according to square footage of proposed buildings. "We went from nothing to hav- ing something, iafter no one had reviewed the ordinances from 1990 until 1996," Jones said. "If we end up with something, and af- ter a year, we look back and see what is wrong with the land use plan, we can adapt it." "The fact is that every location is not suitable for a superstore just because it meets commercial zon- ing regulations," Cole said. "This is poorly thought out and I don't know what is behind rejecting a proposal that was reviewed and accepted in public comment ses- sions. "Some of the things I pro- posed are included in the amended C-1 district, but a lot of the things - service roads, landscaping - these things are pro-business. De- velopers think that they are good for business. I just feel like we have to get ahead of the curve in changing our zoning." YOUR GM STORE AT THE SHORE El "n 9J rmam . Offering our traditional quality parts and service and factory trained technicians Competitive Up-Front Pricing Couruy Transportation A Lifetime Guarantee on Parts and Labor See ua for limited lifetinte guarantee details. $21.95 LUBF.. OIL & FILTER CHANGE Plus free 25 point inspection. Topping off all fluids included. 645-6221 ROUTE ONE LEWES 24 - n Tow C 644-2TOW CHEVROLET C)k3smOle BI_IICK I:gFI1AC. GM Ir" A Class for the new generation following in Tiger Woods footsteps. 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