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4 - CAPE GAZETTE - Wednesday, December 27 - Thursday, December 28, 2006 Developers Continued from page 1 Development is here to stay, but some residents say problems with construction and pollution of wet- lands and natural areas could be prevented. During the application process for development, county and state planners talk to develop- ers about possible problems they could have on site, including the presence of marshy soils and wet- lands. State and county officials expect developers to take their recommendations into considera- tion when construction starts. At a recent meeting of the state's Preliminary Land Use Service, the developers of the Woods on Burton Pond, a pro- posed 167-unit development on Conleys Chapel Road, talked about everything relating to the ll4-acre site, which is densely wooded, contains some wetlands and is in an agricultural area. Not mentioned, however, was the fact that the site is bordered on the south by a county Superfund site - a place where hazardous materials might be present. In the case of this site, which has a gated entrance on Dorman Road, just off Conleys Chapel Road, it is the former site of a county landfill. Mike Izzo, county engineer, said the site was closed prior to 1984 and cleaned up in accor- dance with laws in place at that time. He said the county engineer- ing department sent a letter to state planners about the presence of the site and some suggestions about what action the county will take to buffer the new develop- ment from the old landfill. "We can either buffer the old landfill from the new develop- ment or do a land acquisition," said Izzo. At the Tuesday, Dec. 19 council meeting the council approved purchasing land for $115,000 in Bridgeville because a developer wants to build adjacent to a former landfill. The county purchased the 7.6 acres in between the former landfill and the new development to provide an adequate buffer, said Izzo. "We never had anybody build- ing next to landfills for years and years," said Izzo. "Now it seems those sites are desirable. The biggest impact is the impact on groundwater. Sometimes methane gas seeps out of the surface. We don't want people encroaching on landfills." Resident complains about Peninsula subcontractors Recent problems with house construction at The Peninsula have caused at least one future homeowner in the development to back out. Chris Baldt testified recently before the Sussex County Council about his problems in thedevelopment. Baldt had already paid a deposit when he was informed that his house, which was being built, was out of compliance for fire regulations. The builder had constructed the eaves of the house too close to the neighboring house, creating a fire hazard. To correct the problem, the eaves had to be cut off and the roof redone. On top of this, the houses, which were built on top of a marshy area, were unstable and as the ground settled, the foundations cracked. Baldt told the councilmen that he no longer wished to move into the development, but that developer representatives would not return the deposit he paid. It is because of this that Baldt is taking legal action. In a letter about Woods on Burton Pond from the county to state planners, Izzo recommended requiring a survey to determine how large a buffer is needed between the landfill and the new development. A detailed stormwa- ter plan is required, and Izzo said the developer will not be able to construct basements in the houses without further proof that landfill material has not encroached into the property. The developer also needs to provide a central water system, because the use of groundwater is prohibited in areas next to landfill sites. Harm to pond Kathleen and Peter Lannon, res- idents of Lochwood on Burton Pond, said they oppose the new development, because it is too close to the landfill and because it will only create further stress on the roads and infrastructure in the rural area southwest of Lewes. "This is an important issue and the presence of the Superfund site should be investigated and con- cerns discussed before developers start tearing up trees and soil," said Kathleen. The Lannons are also concerned about new development in the area because of the stress on Burton Pond. They said the pond used to be a beautiful amenity, but that over the years, with more and more people in the area, it has started to dry up and lilies have become overgrown, threatening the health of the pond. The lilies feed on nutrients entering the pond and with new development comes the possibility of more nutrients, which could dry up the pond completely, said Kathleen. Continued on page 10 EdwardJones GOLF LIQUIDATION . 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