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8 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21- MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2014 VIEWPOINTS (:ape eazette o Current and approved devel- place additional burdens on the Letters ~ opment in the area such as a new county to support infrastrue- school, Winswept, state police ture needs (police, emergency Continued from page 7 barracks, etc. My house is located response, hospitals, ete). at the intersection of Route 24 I did not purchase my home opposition to the Love Creek RV and Spencer Lane, and I witness in Harts Landing expecting to be Resort and Campground pro- the daily traffic congestion that surrounded by an RV park with posed by developer Jack Lingo has been increasing every year. increased traffic and congestion. Asset Management that will be Addition to over 500 RV pads, I am not against growth, but I located at the intersection of rental cabins, clubhouse, amphi- do expect smart growth. Many of Ward Road and Cedar Grove theater, pool, etc. will only corn- us are worried about the outcome Road in Lewes. pound the problem. I see no real of your vote. Citizens' and local There is a pubic groundswell of county planning to accommodate residents' opinions and concerns anger and frustration surround- these developments, should get equal weight and ing this proposal and the manner The EPA currently lists Love support from all of the council in which it has been handled by Creek as "impaired" for high members. I respectfully ask that the Sussex County Planning & nutrients and bacteria. The large you listen to my concerns and Zoning Commission. I person- number of RV pads, roads and arguments and vote no to this ally do not see any value-added parking lots proposed for this proposal. Thank you. benefit to implementing such a campground will cause massive Robert M. Koch proposal, deforestation and increased stress Lewes As evidence in the previous let- on the local environment. ters to the council there are many The RV campground pro- RVCity: Tipping point for negatives to going forward with vides no transfer tax income to this proposal. These include the the county- unlike residential land-use decisions following: homes. This development will The voters have spoken across America and also in Sussex Coun- ty. They want government to get Barefootin' things done. It is time for Sus- be much darker, sex County Council to listen to A couple Sikas have been constituents and make decisions Continued from page 7 spotted this year in the Prime that work in the best interests of Hook National Wildlife Refuge the citizens. No better example than the RV City zoning changes those areas during hunting sea- area, including at least one road project that still looms as a tip- son, or, at the very least, wear kill. So keep your eyes out; you ping point for land-use decisions lots of bright orange clothing may see a new kind of deer so their movement through the making forays into Sussex. The in our region. It is possible that Sussex Coun- trees isn't mistaken for a deer's, state allows them to be hunted ty Council will place the Love The other thing to remember with white-tails, especially Creek RV campground project on is that Delaware doesn't permit since they are a non-native the agenda in December of this hunting on Sundays, so that's species the state doesn't want to year. This project was introduced a safe day to enjoy our public encourage, at Sussex Planning & Zoning in woods, and woods where you A final note: while the major- January 2013, and records were have permission to walk. ity of Delaware hunters are closed by council in ]une 2013. well-versed in the long-standing There has been no official action How about those Sika deer? traditions and responsibilities for 18 months. Howe er, much Most people are familiar with of this food-gathering sport, and has occurred in the area sur- the healthy, native population of are among our most passionate rounding the campground site white-tail deer that add beauty conservationists and environ- that makes approval of the zoning and bounty to our countryside mentalists, it only take a few for the campground even more and parks. They are so plenti- bad ones to give the others a questionable today. ful, in fact, that the state allows bad name. Many of the issues the op- them to be hunted over bait This week while I was driv- position presented at the public (like corn) and permits hunters ing to Stockley Center for a hearings back in early 2013 have to kill several deer each season, conference, on Peterkins Road become even greater concerns Delaware uses hunting as an southeast of Georgetown, the today, including: Stress on Infrastructure/Traf- important management tool to carcasses of two freshly killed fic/Safety: Current and approved keep the population healthy, deer caught my eye. They had development in the area - new This year, several thousand been skinned, and their haunch- elementary school, Troop 7 deer will be harvested by es and backstrap filets had been headquarters, Coastal Club (630 hunters, and there will still be removed. Then they had been homes), Winswept (81), Love problems with the white-tails unceremoniously and igno-Creek Landing (213), LC Homes eating lots of farmers' crops and rantly thrown off on the side Cedar Grove (25), etc. - will put homeowners' ornamental flow- of the road, next to a cut-over increasing stress on the area's ers and shrubs, cornfield and within eyeshot infrastructure, traffic congestion Less familiar, though, are the of houses in a nearby develop- and residents' safety. newly arrived Sika deer that ment. They are clearly visible to Environmental impact - The have just been reported in Sus- every passing motorist. EPA currently lists Love Creek sex County in the last couple of The two does, of course, were as "impaired" for high nutrients years. They have, apparently, not tagged. Criminals don't reg- (nitrogen) and bacteria! The large migrated across the peninsula ister their deer.-Buzzards will number of RV pads, cabins, roads from Maryland's Dorchester eventually pick the carcasses and parking lots proposed for the County, where they thrive clean, but in the meantime, the resort will cause massive defores- in that marshy, swampy and deer will stand as testimony to tation and increased impervious woodsy realm of the Eastern the kind of behavior that the surfaces. Remember - former DNREC Secretary Collin O'Mara Shore. According to informa- responsible hunting community stated (in the public record) that tion on Delaware's official hunt- of Sussex has to discourage in DNREC "strongly believes that ing site, Sika deer are a species the strongest way possible. In the site is worthy of permanent of Asian elk introduced on pri- a county developing as rapidly protection." vate land in Maryland back in ours, with rural and developed What could be the reasons 1916. Although distantly related cultures increasingly butting council has delayed the vote for to deer, the Sikas are much up against one another, irre- this extended period? smaller, standing only about sponsible behavior like this can They have heard the opposi- two-and-a-half-feet tall at the only jeopardize the future of the tion voices: representation at the shoulder and weighing between hunting freedom we've enjoyed council meeting, 1,245 petition 50 and 100 pounds. The antlers for centuries, signatures, nearly 100 letters to on the hinds, as male Sikas are A photo of those carcasses the editor, rejection of Vance called, are stubbier than white- accompanies my Barefootin' Phillips and Bob Wheatley (he tail antlers, and their coats can column at, voted in favor of the RV park as planning and zoning president) by voters, etc. I believe the public hearing process is unfair to the opposition - possibly even illegal. That the P&Z characterization of opposi- tion as "non-credentialed" was prejudicial. The quality of life of residents does trump the economic gain of a landowner (who sold a portion of same parcel for the new school for $1.75 million - after record closed on the campground). DelDOT and the Traffic Impact Study (written by the devel- oper's engineer on questionable statistics/assumptions from 2012 and prior) got it wrong. The conclusion that no traffic wotfld enter from the west was terribly flawed. Traffic to the park will access narrow/winding roads that create safety issues. Possibly they drive on Cedar Grove Road to Robinsonville Road or down the full length of Postal Lane experiencing the narrow roads, no shoulders with residential housing along the way. There must be an understand- ing that the RV campground pays no realty transfer tax and will be a burden on funding levels for infrastructure, paramedics, fire department, state police, etc. I've listened to the constant theme in the media regarding council's need to properly ad- dress land-use decisions, traffic issues, need for certified county planner, etc., including the edito- rial in the Cape Gazette Nov. 7. They became aware of Del- DOT programs called Traffic Improvement District and Traffic Operational Analysis which offers local governments op- portunky for objective 20-year, forward-looking traffic study of specified area. I urge Sussex County Council to vote no for the RV City zoning changes - listen to the people. Begin the process of real compre- hensive planning that balances the quality of life of residents and rights of land owners. You have the opportunity to create positive change for our future. Greg Kordal Lewes Love Creek RV Park an ill-conceived idea The following letter was sent to Sussex County Council with a copy submitted to the Cape Gazette for publication. In the two years the debate has been raging about the pro- posed RV park off Cedar Grove Road, nothing has changed nor have any supportive facts been presented which would call for a different outcome from the opinions of the populus. Quite the contrary. It was an ill-conceived idea from the outset, and hundreds of people have presented lucid argu- ments which continue to support that position, What has changed, and will no doubt continue, is new construction projects have been approved by the P&Z com- mission members and supported by our elected representatives, which will only worsen the situ- ation and the quality of life of county residents living and trav- eling through this several-square- mile tract 0fland, At one of the council hearings, I presented a map which clearly showed approved residential developments around the site being proposed for the RV park. My sense is that it was not taken to heart by the council members, and probably never made it into the public record. So let me reiterate what I said over a year ago, and update it with the latest projects in the area. For example, a new middle school will soon be constructed off Route 24 at Mulberry Knoll and right next to that a new Delaware State Police barracks. Construction has started on Cedar Grove Estates (49 home- sites) and two additional develop- ments along Cedar Grove have been approved (100 homesites). On Beaver Dam Road, still very much in this sweet spot, Coastal Club is well underway (600 lots) and many houses have already been built in Lewes Crossing. On Robinsonville Road, Love Creek Landing has been approved (183 lots), and I note that a large tract of land has been sold right next to Webbs Landing Road (another 200 lots). And we all know the Winswept Acres site has been sold on Route 24 with an antici- pated 81 lots within the planning horizon of the RV park. All told, there are around 1,450 homesites being planned in this neck of the Sussex County woods! It just boggles my mind that there is even a question here in the minds of our council mem- bers as to what the right course of action is. For goodness sakes, help restore our faith in our elected county representatives by voting against this project. Dick Snyder Lewes Sandy Brae residents' lives in peril The following letter was sent to Councilman Michael H. Vin- cent with a copy submitted to the Cape Gazette for publication. Sandy Brae is one of the oldest developments in Sussex County, being approximately 48 years old and consisting of 264 homeown- ers on the corner of Postal Lane and Plantation Road. Our board of directors is opposed to the pro- posed RV park on Cedar Grove Road, which is two lanes with no shoulders. Because we are one of the oldest communities, our resi- dents are more of an aged popula- tion, and this will have a major impact on our quality of life. The Sandy Brae development already experiences major prob- lems during the tourist season, which gets longer every year. Postal Lane and Plantation Road constantly back up and drivers cut through Sandy Brae to avoid the intersection of Plantation Road, Postal Lane and Cedar Grove Road. This creates major safety hazards in our develop- ment, which has no sidewalks and our residents are walking their dogs when these cars come racing through our community. Continued on page 9