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VIEWPOINTS Editorial Be part of the process in Lewes Lewes finds itself near the beginning of the process that Rehoboth Beach is this week winding down: revising the municipal compre- hensive plan to help guide the futures of the communities. These plans tend to be only as strong as the level of input received by residents. In Lewes next week, three meetings have been set up to gather thoughts and comments. The first will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Lewes Public Library; the second, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, at Friendship Baptist Church on Fourth Street; and the third, 10 a.m. to noon at Lewes Presbyterian Church. Three meetings in different places are intend- ed to draw out as much of the community as possible to gain a strong cross-section of people's desires and preferences. As human beings, we are the only of God's creatures able to shape our world to our best benefit. These fh'st meetings in Lewes will set the tone for future planning sessions. The choice of three meetings makes its easy for residents to play a role - an opportunity that shouldn't be missed. Letters Statistic shows need for preservation A recent conference at Del Tech on the future of Sussex County produced a subtle, but interesting, statistic. The graphic below shows that statistic: the greatest number of Sussex County's 93,000 housing units - a full 28 percent - have been built since 1990. The least number of Sussex County housing units fall in the category of 1939 or earlier. The preservation movement continues to grow in Sussex County and with the baby boomer demographic aging, inter- est in preservation will only continue to grow. With a visible histo- ry that reaches back to pre-Columbian time, Sussex County has much to preserve. Because of their value to our history, the older structures deserve extra consideration. Now is the time to recognize that value - whether it be with tax incentives for those owners in need or inventories to help with their protection - so they can con- tinue to be a recognizable part of our landscape. - Su Huusing Unils By Year Slruclure Built (00) 19]gtrallm" 1910mlq9 l01olO 1970m1//9 Itoll t) I01olCmda 0O Tetd ElmllJli Ullits - 93.070 The Weather Picture Dennis Fornay photo After a fall of spectacular yellow leaves, the rains and cool- er weather of the past week have started clearing out the trees. The leaves will become part of the soil that brings forth next spring's flowers. Lewes planners need help of city's residents Lewes developed a Long Range Plan in 1992. The plan identified five core values, things you and I believe make this town special. We revisited the core values in June 2001 and added one. Core values are very important because they will anchor our current effort to develop the Lewes Comprehensive Land Use Plan. As you may know, all towns in Delaware are now required to develop comprehensive plans. While we in Lewes have plans that address issues such as open space, transportation, the canalfront, and more, the compre- hensive plan is a tremendous opportu- nity to bring all the pieces together in an official document that guides what we want to be as a town. Here is where we need your help. Our core values talk about a vision we have for our town: busy days and quiet nights; a special and historic relationship with the sea; its humane town scale and sense of face-to-face intimacy that is characteristic of its quality of life; and others. To obtain this vision, we are going to have to make some tough choices. For exam- ple, are we willing to live with stronger government involvement in how and where we locate our busi- nesses to maintain our busy days and quiet nights? Are we willing to sit down as a community and work through how to maintain that special relationship with the sea? What will it cost and who will pay? Can we pre- serve the architectural significance that makes the town unique while respecting property rights and an indi- vidual's ability to pay? These are tough, tough issues, and we need your voice in helping us thinking through what we can and should do. Please attend one of the following work- shops and give us your ideas: Tuesday, Nov. 19:6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Lewes Public Library. Thursday, Nov. 21:6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Friendship Baptist Church. Saturday, Nov. 23:10 a.m. to noon at the Lewes Presbyterian Church. In addition to the workshops, the commission will be seeking your input through a questionnaire that will be sent to Lewes residents in late November. We look forward to seeing you at the workshops and hearing your ideas. Kay Carnahan James Bastian Nina Cannata Richard Bryan Michael Mahaffie Michael Tyler Michael Clemmer Forest Gossage Ted Spencer Lewes Planning Commission On Milton Comprehensive Plan and development In the commentary at the past open meeting, it is apparent that the Zimmerman group has missed on all of their points. Dean Campbell, Zimmerman's attorney, stated that: The Milton Comprehensive plan is in accordance with this development. One need not know how to use a scale or have any idea what planning maps are to see that the annexed area of the property is many times deeper than the Comprehensive Plan recom- mends. Though certainly not a plan- ning expert, James Fuqua, Milton's attorney, pointed this out at the first planning meeting addressing this pro- ject. If a Comprehensive Plan did not encompass scale as well as location, it would be neither comprehensive nor planning. Taking this to an extreme, what if the Hazzard property ran the entire two-and-a-half miles along Route 5 to Route 1 and it were annexed? Would this mean that because the first 100 feet is slated commercial use that the entire piece should be rezoned commercial? Indeed, the strip on the Comprehensive Plan is correctly Continued on page 7 Letters must be signed and include a, telephone number for verification. Please keep letters to 750 words or less. Write to Cape Gazette, ,PO Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958, faxto 645-1664 or 1 .ewsrvomOeapegnzettem. 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