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14 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 26 - May 2, 1996 Dewey officials support Coalition's moratorium concept By Denise M. Marshall Citizens Coalition garnered yet another advocate last week, when the Dewey Beach Town Commissioners voted to support the group's plea for a moratorium on major de- velopments along Del. 1. Officials from Rehoboth Beach endorsed the moratorium proposal earlier this month. Coalition President Mike Tyler appeared before the Dewey Beach Town Commis- sioners on April 20 to seek their support for the moratorium proposal. Citizens Coali- tion wants the proposed moratorium in place until Dec. 31, when the county is re- quired by law to update and adopt a com- prehensive land use plan. Tyler explained that Citizens Coalition formed in 1994 in response to concerns over the impact of a shopping outlet pro- posed by Tanger Properties, L.P. The group's main goal is to advocate responsi- ble land use, he said. "Primarily, our concerns were Route l and what was happening to Route 1," Tyler said. According to Tyler, Citizens Coalition feels that the county is failing to enforce ex- isting laws which would curtail the run- away growth that is taking place along Del. 1 in the resort areas For example, one county ordinance already on the books pro- hibits all major commercial developments along major roadways in Sussex County unless service roads are provided. The county's Coastal Sussex Land Use Plan restricts annual growth in eastern Sus- sex County to 3 percent, or about 18 acres, Tyler said. County officials have allowed development to greatly exceed the 3 percent annual growth cap recommended in the land use plan, he added. "We feel that they haven't been follow- ing the plan," Tyler said. Tyler requested that the Dewey Beach commissioners lobby county officials to ad- here to existing laws and land use plan guidelines regulating growth and to support a moratorium on development along Del. 1 until Dec. 31. State law requires all coun- ties to have updated land use plans in place by the end of the year. At that time, land use plans will have the force of law, rather than merely being used as guidelines for land use. Dewey Beach Town Attorney Robert V. Witsil Jr. cautioned that the proposed mora- torium was a "very drastic stop-gap mea- sure." He questioned what County Council would say if Dewey Beach sent it a resolu- tion supporting a moratorium when the town was not taking any measures to re- strict growth within its own town limits. Town officials responded that Dewey Beach only has two undeveloped lots re- maining along Del. 1. Dewey Beach Commissioner William Tansey made a motion to write a letter in support of the Coalition's position. The motion passed by a vote of 3-0. Dewey Beach Mayor Robert Frederick and Com- missioner James Bracken did not attend the meeting. Forum to offer snapshot perspective of condition of Inland Bays By Michael Short The public may get a "snap- shot" of Delaware's inland bays in a special meeting on June 28. Such a "snapshot" would be a public meeting to update the pub- lic on efforts to protect Little As- sawoman, Indian River and Re- hoboth Bays. The meeting is ex- pected to be a meeting of the Citi- zens Advisory Committee and Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (both are inland bays committees) as well as a forum for the public. The idea was discussed on April 12 at a Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee meeting at the University of Delaware Col- lege of Marine Studies. Members of the committee supported the idea, saying it will help inform and educate people about the bays as well as set protection priorities. It can also help people learn more about the preservation ef- forts which are underway to pro- tect the shallow bays, which suffer from a number of environmental worries. Committee member Charles App said any presentation should not be overly technical. "If my kids can not understand it, then we are not doing the job we need to do in my opinion." Bruce Richards, the executive chair for the Inland Bays Commit- tee, which oversees inland bays environmental protection efforts, offered a very tentative agenda. The agenda, which is actually only an idea, because it is so pre- liminary, calls for a day-long con- ference on the bays. The potential agenda includes short scientific presentations on issues like groundwater contamination, key speakers like Environmental Pro- tection Agency and state officials, Continued on page 16 Out of Your Hands- Into Ours le00t Helpin00 to Make the of Your Trash Working With You RecycllnR Together, we've, made voluntary recycling a success story in Dehware Over 95% of the materials you bring to the 'RECYCLE DELA- WARE' Centers are recycled into new products - over 150 million pounds so far! Recycling is easy. Because you separate the materials at the Centers, additional sorting is not necessary before the materials go to markets. The materials are cleaner, making them better for recycling. 7 Household Hazard- ous Waste Collection We're partners in keeping your home and community safe. When you have hazardous household products which are no longer useful, you can bring them to us. We work together to handle these materials through a safe, convenient collection program. ,! 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