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CAPE GAZETrE, Friday, Nov. 19 - Nov. 22, 2004 - 9 Council ignores opposition; approves The Seasons with multi-00ily dwellings By Karl Chalabala gle-family homes. Sussex County Council on Nov. The Sussex County Planning 16 ignored the recommendations Commission agreed with the peti- of the county planning eommis- tioners. "They are recommending sion and the requests of more than 118 single-family homes be 400 petitioners and approved The built," said county administrator Seasons, a 118-home develop- Bob Stickels. However, the coun- ment, with a total of 110 town- cil disagreed with them. homes and condominiums. The decision on The Seasons The Seasons will be built on the began with Councilman Lynn former site of the 3 Seasons Rogers' recusal. Campground, near the entrance to It was the second time Rogers the Rehoboth Beach Yacht and recused himself on The Seasons. Country Club (RBYCC). The During an Aug. 31 public hearing, Seasons' principals requested a RBYCC resident Jim Truitt en- zoning change from agricultur- tered into the record a letter writ- al-residential (AR-1) to high den- ten by The Seasons principal sity-residential planned commu- Darin Lockwood seeking cam- nity (HR-RPC), although there paign contributions for Rogers. are no HR zones within a mile of - Lockwood is an engineer who The Seasons property, regularly presents applications Yacht club residents comprised before the council, but Rogers the majority of the petitioners, maintained he did not know Many were not opposed to devel- Lockwood was there as a princi- opment on the 26.76-acre proper- pal for the project. ty, but they opposed building At that point during the hear- townhomes and condominiums in ing, bedlam ensued in the council a neighborhood of primarily sin- chambers. It.ended with Council- Plan is unveiled for healing inland bays By Jim WeMhoff phosphorous in the water are The time for talking may nearly causing the bays to overload with be over. After about 40 years of algae and sea lettuce and may be studies and commissions, a state harming fish, the study found. organization has a detailed plan Formed in 1998, the team has for repairing Delaware's inland been involved in a coordinated ef- bays. fort with the Department of Nat- The Inland Bays Tributary Ac- ural Resources and Environmen- tion Team's plan for reducing pol- tal Control (DNREC) to develop lution in the bays recommends pollution control strategies to that towns eliminate all disposal lower the concentration of nitro- of treated waste water into the gen and phosphorous in the bays, bays; farmers continue working meeting a standard known total with the nutrient management maximum daily loads (TMDLs). commission; and homeowners "Something has to be done," with septic systems get them said Charlie Marsch, chair of the pumped out every three years. Ex- environmental cOmmittee for the isting septic systems would need Manufactured Homeowners As- to be fixed to control pollution sociation. "It's been studied; now output. Every septic system it's time to come up with the regu- would have to conformwithin 15 lations to help clean up the mess." years. If actions are not taken, he said, Large amounts of nitrogen and Continued on page 15 Phone: (302) 934-1090 Fax: (302) 934-1338 (Sandy) UN, QUE 1N EVERrWAY The Vineyard Consignment Sho p STOP and SHOP for: ' Hat,. Ct.OTHING. J.e00. CoUeaib00s. Am .t i!:i%! ..... (Gently Used Furniture) • Holiday Gifts and Crafts Available • Donations Accepted for Church Mission Now Accepting Consignments for: • Fall & Winter Clothing Newborn to Teens • Mens & Ladies • Jewelry • Antiques & Collectibles • Arts & Crafts • Furniture Our Mission The CommuniV Store Hours: man George Cole and Rogers' Republican opponent Judson Bennett calling for Rogers to re.- sign from the council. When The Seasons came to a vote last Tuesday, Cole motioned for the council to approve the de- velopment with the county plan- ners' recommendations - that the development remain single-fami- ly homes. But his motion died for a lack Of a second from council- men Finley Jones and Vance Phillips or Council President Dale Dukes. "Well that is interesting," Cole said. "None of you gentlemen ac- cepted contributions from the principals, did you?" Both Jones and Dukes quickly said their election war chests were open to the public for perusal. Phillips' term was not up for re- election. Another motion to approve the development with the first condi- tion struck was seconded and moved to a vote. Phillips, the first to vote, said he agreed with the multi-family dwellings because it provided for more open-space for residents, even though planning director Lawrence Lank said the increase in open-space was marginal. Cole voted second. "We have consistently voted down applications like this on this road," he said. "There were 409 people in opposition. [The zon- ing change] is not appropriate be- cause it is spot-zoning. Where is the nearest HR zone? It is over a mile away. This sets a bad prece- dent. There is no significant dif- ference in the open space. It's a shame to see this happen. Jonesagreed with Phillips' as- sertion that multi-family units provided for more open space and provided for better stormwater management on the property, which is bordered by Johnson Branch. Johnson Branch empties into White Oak Creek, which empties into the Rehoboth Bay. Dukes agreed with the other two councilmen and the applica- tion passed 3-1. $150 Somerset Choose from three patterns Glenridge Normandy 18/10 Stainless Steel Flatware Includes eight 5-piece place settings, plus expanded 7-piece serving set. Established 1977 25 Baltimore Avenue Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971 302-227-8331 o 800-225-8331 www. wooden in dian ltd. corn Monday-Saturday 10-5 .. Sunday ll-5 ..... Readers Choice Downstate: Best Gifts 17THYI'I'illiTI'II1T]I11HI[I T 'i-1 1 " TllllmtllllHnlllhlh .... llqTwrm CAPE GAZETrE, Friday, Nov. 19 - Nov. 22, 2004 - 9 Council ignores opposition; approves The Seasons with multi-00ily dwellings By Karl Chalabala gle-family homes. Sussex County Council on Nov. The Sussex County Planning 16 ignored the recommendations Commission agreed with the peti- of the county planning eommis- tioners. "They are recommending sion and the requests of more than 118 single-family homes be 400 petitioners and approved The built," said county administrator Seasons, a 118-home develop- Bob Stickels. However, the coun- ment, with a total of 110 town- cil disagreed with them. homes and condominiums. The decision on The Seasons The Seasons will be built on the began with Councilman Lynn former site of the 3 Seasons Rogers' recusal. Campground, near the entrance to It was the second time Rogers the Rehoboth Beach Yacht and recused himself on The Seasons. Country Club (RBYCC). The During an Aug. 31 public hearing, Seasons' principals requested a RBYCC resident Jim Truitt en- zoning change from agricultur- tered into the record a letter writ- al-residential (AR-1) to high den- ten by The Seasons principal sity-residential planned commu- Darin Lockwood seeking cam- nity (HR-RPC), although there paign contributions for Rogers. are no HR zones within a mile of - Lockwood is an engineer who The Seasons property, regularly presents applications Yacht club residents comprised before the council, but Rogers the majority of the petitioners, maintained he did not know Many were not opposed to devel- Lockwood was there as a princi- opment on the 26.76-acre proper- pal for the project. ty, but they opposed building At that point during the hear- townhomes and condominiums in ing, bedlam ensued in the council a neighborhood of primarily sin- chambers. It.ended with Council- Plan is unveiled for healing inland bays By Jim WeMhoff phosphorous in the water are The time for talking may nearly causing the bays to overload with be over. After about 40 years of algae and sea lettuce and may be studies and commissions, a state harming fish, the study found. organization has a detailed plan Formed in 1998, the team has for repairing Delaware's inland been involved in a coordinated ef- bays. fort with the Department of Nat- The Inland Bays Tributary Ac- ural Resources and Environmen- tion Team's plan for reducing pol- tal Control (DNREC) to develop lution in the bays recommends pollution control strategies to that towns eliminate all disposal lower the concentration of nitro- of treated waste water into the gen and phosphorous in the bays, bays; farmers continue working meeting a standard known total with the nutrient management maximum daily loads (TMDLs). commission; and homeowners "Something has to be done," with septic systems get them said Charlie Marsch, chair of the pumped out every three years. Ex- environmental cOmmittee for the isting septic systems would need Manufactured Homeowners As- to be fixed to control pollution sociation. "It's been studied; now output. Every septic system it's time to come up with the regu- would have to conformwithin 15 lations to help clean up the mess." years. If actions are not taken, he said, Large amounts of nitrogen and Continued on page 15 Phone: (302) 934-1090 Fax: (302) 934-1338 (Sandy) UN, QUE 1N EVERrWAY The Vineyard Consignment Sho p STOP and SHOP for: ' Hat,. Ct.OTHING. J.e00. CoUeaib00s. Am .t i!:i%! ..... (Gently Used Furniture) • Holiday Gifts and Crafts Available • Donations Accepted for Church Mission Now Accepting Consignments for: • Fall & Winter Clothing Newborn to Teens • Mens & Ladies • Jewelry • Antiques & Collectibles • Arts & Crafts • Furniture Our Mission The CommuniV Store Hours: man George Cole and Rogers' Republican opponent Judson Bennett calling for Rogers to re.- sign from the council. When The Seasons came to a vote last Tuesday, Cole motioned for the council to approve the de- velopment with the county plan- ners' recommendations - that the development remain single-fami- ly homes. But his motion died for a lack Of a second from council- men Finley Jones and Vance Phillips or Council President Dale Dukes. "Well that is interesting," Cole said. "None of you gentlemen ac- cepted contributions from the principals, did you?" Both Jones and Dukes quickly said their election war chests were open to the public for perusal. Phillips' term was not up for re- election. Another motion to approve the development with the first condi- tion struck was seconded and moved to a vote. Phillips, the first to vote, said he agreed with the multi-family dwellings because it provided for more open-space for residents, even though planning director Lawrence Lank said the increase in open-space was marginal. Cole voted second. "We have consistently voted down applications like this on this road," he said. "There were 409 people in opposition. [The zon- ing change] is not appropriate be- cause it is spot-zoning. Where is the nearest HR zone? It is over a mile away. This sets a bad prece- dent. There is no significant dif- ference in the open space. It's a shame to see this happen. Jonesagreed with Phillips' as- sertion that multi-family units provided for more open space and provided for better stormwater management on the property, which is bordered by Johnson Branch. Johnson Branch empties into White Oak Creek, which empties into the Rehoboth Bay. Dukes agreed with the other two councilmen and the applica- tion passed 3-1. $150 Somerset Choose from three patterns Glenridge Normandy 18/10 Stainless Steel Flatware Includes eight 5-piece place settings, plus expanded 7-piece serving set. Established 1977 25 Baltimore Avenue Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971 302-227-8331 o 800-225-8331 www. wooden in dian ltd. corn Monday-Saturday 10-5 .. Sunday ll-5 ..... Readers Choice Downstate: Best Gifts 17THYI'I'illiTI'II1T]I11HI[I T 'i-1 1 " TllllmtllllHnlllhlh .... llqTwrm