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t I 6 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7 - MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2014 Cape Gazette Letters )) [ how ,no,ud or I rlefine 'famil" ~'~ ~III~l, ll Pl two people living together Proposed storage units I - " ~ - Y" \ ~l ~]~ \~'l as well as their natural, adopted, | ~ ~ \ ~\~ I stepchildren and foster children. not a conditional use i I . This is an open letter to Sussex , _.. 3~ "~:'~?~'~j~/ Okay, it's more like "-"~r ...... '~'~r)Y' ~ The Brady BuncM CuntyPlanningandZningad- ] W;J;i" ] I leave zt To Beaver. all citizens living in communities zoned residential. The granting of conditional use ] But the updated defi'nition ~ ~ I Oh ~o consult I'll consult ' Sergeant Joe Friday | does not require that o famdy /~ l~\ ~ I a la""'er zoning variances is an important [ be related by blood or marr,a~e. \~llll~J [ - ~ , deliberative process. The term . wr " of O gnet thank you! 'conditional' typicaUy applies to I I tactical, non-strategic requests and addresses relatively minor special uses in nature. Variance [ ;aY : I means 'change.' Most of us are I ~ ..~ - ~.~ r,r inThPee'$ Company I reluctant to change, so the CU I were a family? "] decision process traditionally is ........ thoughtful, open, and delibera- tive. And, so it is here in Sussex County. The CU deliberation, whether lengthy or short, typically evalu- ates applications on reasonable- ness, consistency, impact, and suitability. Currently before the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission and Sus- sex Council is Application CU # 1998, which has been designated conditional. However, there is nothing 'conditional' or 'tactical' or 'inci- dental' about CU #1998. Within an area that has been zoned AR-1 (Agricultural-Residential) for de- cades, it proposes to build a mas- sive, 3-story, 4-bnilding, 3.74-acre, 157,000-square-foot commercial self-storage facility that wall have hundreds and perhaps over a thousand customers and oper- ate on a 24x7x365 basis. There is nothing conditional or reason- able or consistent or suitable about this. The impact would be lethal and would change the area and our community strategically. For this reason we anticipate and recommend that the CU #1998 deliberative process be quick, and that the decision right- fully be denied. Here's why: Imagine the serenity of living on quiet little streets, in single- family houses, in a quiet little community that for decades has been zoned AR-1 (Agricultural- Residential). The birds chirp, dogs bark, kids play, bicycles bells jingle, lawn mowers hum, and cars come and go (slowly). And yes, we have faced change and cope with growth. Our com- munity now has 65 single-family homes, Lewes and Rehoboth are expanding, we face exasperat- hag tourist traffic in season, and entering Route 1 from Old Mill Road is always risky. But coping with growth is part of living in such a wonderful area. It is part of progress. With description of our Mayberry-like setting in mind, imagine the lack of reasonable- ness, consistency, suitability that CU #1998 would bring to our community, let alone the traffic that this business would generate. The impact would be disastrous. And, the precedent Continued on page 7 Editorial )) Let's turn attention to planning ow that the election is over, the sheriff question is settled, and we havea sense of what the new county council will look like, it's time to once again turn our attention to ratch- eting up the level of professional planning for Sussex County. We saw this summer's traffic, and we're watching as what we once thought were the limitless back roads of Sussex begin to carry more and more traffic. Increasing pavement will mean more runoff into our waterways and stormwater problems between communities and neighbors. These problems aren't unsolvable, but they need professional attention. Our readers are all too familiar with this drumbeat. Sussex County Council's first order of business must be advertising for and hir'mg a full-time professional planner to study our situation, and offer recommendations and advice - someone who will look at our overall picture as a county and help bring the various existing pieces and proposals together so we can proceed sensibly. The Sussex approach should not be to hire just a professional, certified planner. Rather, council members should find the finest plan- ner in this nation. Our property values, our fu- ture quality of life, and what we leave for our children and grandchildren are all at stake. This gem in the heart of Delmarva deserves nothing less. This is no cry to halt development. That is going to happen, with no end in sight. Let's just develop intelligently. Kiplinger's recent forecasting business paper noted that the housing market continues to gain steam. Low mortgage rates, higher demand from young people with increasing wages and employ- ment, and easier credit are all fueling the rise. Put that together with Delaware's ranking among the nation's top i0 tax-friendly states, and it's no psychic feat to predict rapid growth pressuring our infrastructure and natural resources. Council could sit back, let the county de- velop haphazardly, and watch property and transfer tax revenues rise steadily, while put- ting the real cost of development off on future generations. But that would be shortsighted, irresponsible and just plain wrong. Now is the time to act. Cape Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Fomey, publisher; Trish Vernon, editor; Dave Frederick, sports editor; Laura Ritter, news editor; and Jen Ellingsworth, associate editor. Weather Picture )) WRITE NOW :! Letters must be signed and include a telephone number for verification. 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Cape Gazette Volume 21 No. 47 Publisher, Dennis Forney, Ext. 303 Editor, Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 Office Manager, Kathy Emery, Ext. 305 Sports Editor, Dave Frederick, Ext. 304 fredman@capegazette.corn News Editor, laura Ritter, Ext. 320 Associate Editor, Jen Ellingsworth, ExL 319 Copy Editor, Bernadette Hearn, Ext. 316 NEWS Ron MacArthur, Ext. 318 Ryan Mavity, Ext. 337 Nick Roth, Ext. 317 Melissa Steele, Ext. 336 Chris Flood, Ext. 335 Maddy lauria, EXt. 321 maddy@capegazette,com Molly MacMillan SPORTS WRITERS "tim Bamforth Frederick Schranck CONTRIBUTORS Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Chris Antonio Eric Burnl~y Denise Gemons John McDonald Bob Yeshek Don Flood Chris Wildt Rob Rector WEBMASTER Catherine M.Tanzer PHOTOGRAPHERS Dan Cook Steven Billups Deny Howeth PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Norma Parks, Ext. 309 CLASSIFIEDS Classifieds Manager, Sandy Barr, Ext. 300 Kathy Long, Ext. 302 ADVERTISING Sales Manager, Chris Rausch, Ext. 312 Cindy Bewlin, Ext. 307 Amanda Neafie, Ext. 306 Andrew Thomas, Ext. 310 Kathy McGinty, Ext. 311 PRODUCTION STAFF Teresa Rodriguez Kristin Sinnott Edwin Krumm Christopher D. 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