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Cape Gazette NEW TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16- THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014 3 Zoning regulations in compliance with state, federal law By Ron MacArthur the required setbacks did not were not in the previous code. apply. Massey's Landing campground Councilman George Cole, R- Manufactured homes in Sus- - recommended for approval Ocean View, asked if the county sex County are now considered June 27, 2013 by planning and was obligated to pass the ordi- dwellings, thanks to a new ordi- zoning - is on county council's nance. "We would be misleading nance approved Dec. 2 by county Tuesday, Dec. 9 agenda. Sussex County citizens," said council. Vince Robertson, assistant county attorney J. Everett Moore. Previously, manufactured county attorney, said the up- "State law would trump our ordi- homes were listed in the code dated regulations are not much nance if it's not updated," with tourist homes and hotels, of a change. "I guess I don't have the so- The ordinance also includes a He said landlords and com- phistication to ask the right set of regulations mirroring state munities can still set their own questions. It's confusing. I guess and federal statutes that define guidelines and deed restrictions it's a sign of the times," Cole said. who can live in dwellings, to limit how many people can County council approved the Questions about the defini- live in a home, as long as the ordinance 4-0 with Councilman tion of dwelling surfaced during guidelines conform to federal Sam Wilson, R-Georgetown, not a public hearing on a proposed and state law. voting. "This was a done deal RV park and campground inRobertson said how peoplebefore it reachedus," he said."It's Massey's Landing. define family has changed over already been approved." The proposed site plan for the years, and its relevance in Castaways at Masseys Land- county zoning ordinances has What's in the new ordinance? ing included campsites near the diminished. "We are not defining The ordinance adds defini- boundary line of an adjacent what a family is," he said. "We tions of single and multifamily manufactured home park. have to be consistent with state dwellings to avoid unintended Under county code, campsites and federal law." discrimination under state and must be at least 400 feet from The regulations outline who federal law, Robertson said. an existing dwelling. Officfals can legally live in a single-family A family may include one or decided that regulation did not dwelling or group home. The up- two people living together as apply because the code previous- dated ordinance allows for single well as their natural, adopted, ly did not consider manufactured parents and guardians, group stepchildren and foster children. homes as .dwellings; as a result homes and foster children, which Children are also permitted to RON MACARTHUR PHOTO SUSSEX OFFICIALS have corrected an oversight in county code by changing it to define manufactured homes as dwellings. reside with legally appointed ians with any number ofchildren. guardians. A group of not more than A single-family dwelling would four unrelated persons. be defmed as a place of residence A licensed group residen- with single culinary facilities al- tial facility serving 10 or fewer lowing the following: persons with disabilities on a One family, which may con- 24-hour basis. sist of one person or two or more One or two elderly and/or related persons by blood or mar- disabled persons who own a riage with any number of natural, dwelling and one other family foster, step or adopted children, consisting of one or two persons Two single parents or guard- with any number of children. Everyone has retirement questions. So Ameriprise created the exclusive Confident Retirement* approach. We can help you break down retirement planning step-by-step to get the real answers you need. Let's get started today. Financial Advisors Joseph Baker, David Baker, Warren Hardy, John Li 19470 Coastal Hwy. Rehoboth Beach 302-727-5677 Ameriprise Financial The Confident Retirement approach is not a guarantee of future financial results. Investment advisory services and products are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., a registered investment advisor. Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., Member FINRA and SIPC 2014 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved.