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12 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7- MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2014 NEWS Cape Gazette C~ 4 RON MACARTHUR PHOTO THE AMOUNT OF TRAFFIC on Sussex County roads - such as Route I in the summer - has developed into one of the main land-use issues. County looks at capacity study for growth By Ron MacArthur planning instead of traditional ronm@capegazette.com reactive planning measures gov- ernment officials tend to take. Sussex County Councilman He said a study works best when Sam Wilson, R-Georgetown, says it's aimed at small areas facing he doubts there is a need to study the most development pressure carrying capacity in the county, or areas designated for growth, "Maybe we need to put up signs giving county officials and de- saying there is no more capacity velopers an accurate picture of - we are full and we don't need infrastructure in place. "That any more people," he said. way everyone will know what Wilson has complained before investments to make," he said. about efforts by the county and state to attract people to live in "ULTIMATELY THE LAND-USE Sussex County. "The state needs DECISION COMES BACK TO to stop advertising to bring peo- ple in and instead spend money THE COUNTY." on roads," Wilson said. KYLE GULBRONSON He said he is tired of trying to maneuver his car and farm Councilman Vance Phillips, equipment on clogged Sussex R-Laurel, said the county does roads, a good job planning for the in- On Councilman George Cole's frastructure it has control over, recommendation, the county is which is primarily wastewater considering a carrying-capaci- treatment. State agencies are re- ty study to collect information sponsible for transportation and about infrastructure. The study stormwater projects. "Isn't this would contain detailed data something more appropriate for about existing roads, sewer, wa- the state to do?" he asked. ter and stormwater facilities. "Ultimately the land-use deci- County Administrator Todd sion comes back to the county," Lawson said the goal of a study Gulbronson.responded. would be to determine the scope Phillips asked why the county of infrastructure in a specific should spend money for a study area as a tool for county officials that involves state agencies when and developers to use when mak- those agencies do not respond to ing land-use decisions, the county's plans or needs. Cole said the study would be Gulbronson said the informa- a guide and not an ordinance, tion in the study would provide "There will be no regulations - leverage for county officials to only information to help make deal with state agencies in a more decisions," he said. informed manner. He said the study would pro- "I think we need to keep mov- vide data about appropriate areas ing in this direction," Cole said. for growth that could ultimately "I've not heard a reason not to save the county and developers proceed. This could help tell us money. County staff will report what is appropriate for Sussex back to council at a later date County.,' with a plan on how to proceed Gulbronson said while wa- with a study pending council's ter, sewer, transportation and approval, stormwater are usually the high- est priority in most studies, the Study would be proactive county could dial in any type of planning data it wants, pulling from edu- Kyle Gulbronson, a municipal cation, health services, leisure planner with URS in MiUsboro, offerings, emergency services, called these studies proactive libraries and social activities. extend (for a total( purchase Monday - Friday 8:30 - 5:00 Saturday 8:30 - 1:00 Other Hours By Appointment -~.o.,w.....,,..- 302.645.8930 Owned & Operated by TreMor & Amy Vest 33506 Crossing Ave, Unit 2 Lewes, DE 19958 Behind Walgreen's www.henlopenappliance.com I:l/l:l~ I)I::I.IVFIIY FI,II~.I-: llAI'I. AWAY * FI.AT-llATF. SI:I'IVICI:. CItAII(;F F()R I'II:PAlllS the Cope Region peGazette and twil F$ H( lot OU 74 F$ 24 in lar 2< po fire No bu,. 37! FS Ea: Le~ 2-C $4( 03( GC 4E Ne~ pot plui $41 (ld FS EA: tow roo stol Ge= (30: MIL HO sho Call CO LAI~ POll bea corn Rd. Elec neg( or (~: WA' Shot from cent bay fishil Cusl olde 824- 8.80 207 parc, minu (302 984-1 1,001 Can( view~ Do one long enjo! Call WWW MILL EAS' mark cost, quick (ld) I i ~i1111! i I il ]1 !ii i~i IIC"