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II 4 TUESDAY. DECEMBER 16 - THURSDAY, DECEMBER t8, 2014 NEWS Cape Gazette e Sussex P&Z Continued from page I stream. "It is not the water from the canal, the Delaware Bay or the Atlantic Ocean that threatens us; it is the water from the Great The latest plan for Harbor Marsh," said Janice pinto, a near- Point is very similar to its sub- by resident on Rodney Avenue. mission to Lewes. Differences "The wetlands are the buffer and include street width and the po- the sponge for the existing Lewes tential for higher building height, citizens." which could be as high as42 feet. She said continued develop- Nearly all of the conditions the Lewes Planning Commission addedto its preliminary consent were included in the application her home. During Hurricane to county officials. One left out Sandy in 2012, she said, she and a was an interconnection with neighbor watched as water from the neighboring Canary Creek the Great Marsh surged toward subdivision, which Hammonds their homes. Only a change in said, its residents "vehemently wind direction spared them, she opposed." said. Seth Price of Hoornkill Avenue "IT IS NOT THE WATER FROM also experienced excessive flood- THE CANAL, THE DELAWARE ing during Sandy. He said the BAY OR THE ATLANTIC OCEAN water surge of 2012 was much worse than any that occurred THAT THREATENS US; IT IS during the Storm of'62. THE WATER FROM THE GREAT '~11 I can attribute that to is this water has no place to go," he MARSH." said. "My concern is, with this -JANICE PINTO, development it's only going to get worse." RODNEY AVENUE RESIDENT Second Street resident Bill Hammonds said the county Landon said he used to hunt in should expect to see recurring the proposed Harbor Point area and one-time economic impacts, and always made sure to wear Annually, he said, he's estimated hip boots because the area was the county will receive $230,000 always wet. While that was a con- from property taxes and transfer cern, he said, overdevelopment tax from resales. As for one-time along New Road is something benefits, he said, he expects at the commission also needs to least $1 million from initial trans- think about. Several opponents fers and $175,000 from inspection spoke to the potential impact fees, plan review fees and build- Harbor Point could have on sur- ing permit fees. rounding open space. With about Ring Lardner, the developer's 1,000 acres of undeveloped land engineer, said minimum lot sizes along New Road, some feared will be 8,250 square feet. The allowing the developer to build development will have a 50- on smaller lots would set a trend foot buffer from the neighboring others would follow. Canary Creek subdivision, in- Lewes resident Maryanne En- cluding a 30-foot forested area nis also aired concerns about and a 20-foot area for a swale flooding, but she also discussed to prevent stormwater runoff the development's general ap- onto the Canary Creek property, pearance sitting next to the Great Nearly all of the upland area on Marsh and its potential impact the property is within the 100- on its natural surroundings. year flood plain; developers will "Nine to 12 feet of fill dirt will use fill to raise the land to meet create an avalanche of pollutants county and Federal Emergency to rush downhill and damage the Management Agency standards, marine life we depend on as a Homes will be designed 1 foot nursery for our fishes' life cycle," above FEM/ s base flood eleva- she said. tion and will not have basements, Duchess Court resident Ric Lardner said. Moore said the developer's plan Despite several presentations never fit with Lewes' compre- before the Lewes Planning Corn- hensive plan, and he argued it mission and now the county's does not comply with the coun- planning and zoning commis- ty's comprehensive plan either. siGn, opponents of the proposed "The Sussex County compre- plan have not wavered. The most hensive plan as I understand common message among those it calls for protecting as much against the development is one of open space as possible, protect- potential flooding issues both on ing as much agricultural land as the property and homes down- possible, and a variety of other "&: Diehl Foraker CPAs, LLC Certified Public Accountants & Business Advisors We Are you ready for Tax Season? can help... 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The commission will also ask the state planning office whether the developer needs to resubmit its plan to PLUS, as the PLUS re- port used in the developer's most recent application is the same it submitted with the original ap- plication in 2013. For more information about Harbor Point or the county's subdivision process, contact the county planning and zoning of- fice at 302-855-7878. Monday-Saturday 4-11 Sun 1-9 33 Wilmington Avenue Rehoboth Beach, DE 302-226-2900 www.Avenuelnn.com Discover Bank. Where every customer is a neighbor. Celebrating over 100 years of service in Sussex County! Banking Hours Lobby Drive Thru Monday -Friday9:00AM-6:00PM B:3OAM-6:0OPM Saturday 8:30~-1:00PM 8:30Am-1 :OOPM and Electric Vehicle Service Oil Changes-Electrical Brakes- Rearing g Cooling Tires. Exhaust Computer Diagnostics 33711Wescoats Road, #Z, Lewes Over 30 Years Experience @ specials THE AVENUE INN I SPA t LOUNGE