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Cape Gazette NEWS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2008 9 Sussex Continued from page 1 said a compromise was reached when the first conditional use was approved back in 1997 that the park would reflect the same density as other developments in the area- two units to one acre. The approved 108 units on 55 acres met the guidelines of base AR-1 zoning in the surrounding area - even though twice as many units would have been per- mitted under county zoning in a manufactured home park. Lawrence Lank, director of planning and zoning, read min- utes from a 1977 county council meeting stating the council's or- der that the park's density be compatible with density in the area. Park owner Steve Class of Georgetown did not develop the entire 55-acre parcel and kept 21 acres' as undeveloped land. He now wants to add 82 lots on the remaining 21 acres in the park for a total of 190 lots. The density would then go from two units to an acre to 3.5 units per acre. Members of the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commis- sion voted 3-2 to recommend de- nial of the request for an amend- ed conditional use. That recom- mendation will go. forward to county council where the final decision on the request will be made. Wayne Baker, who has lived on the road since 1975, said the park owner has reneged on his origi- nal commitment to residents and the county when the fLrst condi- tioiaal use w granted. Baker had strong words for Class. "We raised objections to expansion of Sussex West back then, but we reached a compro- mise and agreement, and we as- sumed Mr. Class would develop at two units per acre," he said. "But he has deceived each and every one of us. He knew what he was going to do back then. He RON MACARTHUR PHOTO A large sign on Minos Conaway Road near Lewes welcomes people to the Sussex West manufactured home park. thought we were all dead or gone or forgot what was said," Baker said. Commission Chairman Robert Wheatley reminded Baker and others who spoke in opposition to the request that Class has done nothing in violation Of county regulations. "He has the right to come back and ask," Wheatley said. Heidi Balliet, an attorney with Tunnell & Raysor representing the park owne r , said Class is ex- panding.the park to meet the needs of the community. "There is a great need for af- fordable home sites," she said. "This will provide needed hous- ing to the growing 55-plus popu- lation." Commissioner Michael John- son, who made the motion for denial, said he was concerned about increasing density on a project that had already been ap- proved. "We would be taking away open space that is also an excellent recharge area and fill it up with lots," he said. "There are no additional amenities offered - not even walking trails. I don't see much being offered to vote positive." Wheatley, who along with Ben Gordy voted against the denial, said county council was adamant about the density issue, so the council should make the final de- cision. "It was important to them at the time and something they wanted to change. It's a decision council should make," he said. Joining Johnson in denying the request were commissioners I.G. Burton and Rodney Smith. beead, J/pa, fNeo Homemade Combread & with Assorted Cranberry Walnut Muffins Freshly Baked.Rolls & & Sliced Baguettes 1 Pepper Salad with Sweet Cream Butter & dided Wild Rice Pilaf Crackers Herb Mashed Potatoes Candied Yams Seasonal Vegetable Medley Old Fashioned of Beef Green B&m Casserole rus ith a de, Ad l, mq-e Turkey An Assotnent of Stuffing Pies, Cakes, y o Mousses & Trifles Rei/sh Baked Ham be,eoed Coffee, Decal Coffee, Hot Tea, Sauce Iced Tea & Soft Drinks Vegelarian Lasagna Akoh es not l/u i i ! Ave. & Boardwalk Rehoboth Beach, Delaware East meets West Thanksgiving Day Feast 12 -8pm $28.95 * Kids 12 & under $10.95 Spend this holiday with family and friends at the newest restaurant in the Rehoboth Beacharea at an affordable price. Make your reservation now. Carving Station Prime Rib, Roasted Pig, Turkey Sushi Station Sushi, maki, raw clams, oysters, cocktail shrimp Cold Station Salad, smoked salmon, cold pasta salad, cheese plate...) Hot Station Fish, beef, spring rolls, dumplings, Tempura shrimp, noodles...) Soup Station Chicken & corn, and miso soup Favorites Spag and meatball, chicken fingers, fries, crab wontons...) Chocolate Fondue with fresh fruits and marshmallows or Bloody Mary us & watch the on our wide screen