Dagsboro P&Z demands answers on project

The Dagsboro Planning and Zoning Commission wants results — not talk — from representatives for the General’s Green development. Frustrations bubbled at a March 14 meeting when representatives from the General’s Green community failed to meet the expectations of town commissioners.

Eventually, the General’s Greens community will have 430 homes scattered over 116 acres (only 74 units to be built per year, under Dagsboro policy) north of Clayton Street. But not before both parties get on the same page. Town commissioners will make recommendations to the Dagsboro Town Council for preliminary approval of a site plan but, again, not before they have everything in writing.

Will they plant buffering trees on community property, or not? And, if so, where will the necessary 10 feet of space come from? General’s Green representatives said that issue will work itself out — that they can rework the property here and there to gain the necessary space.

How big will the sidewalks be, 5 feet or 4? General’s Green representatives said they’ll be 5 feet wide but that’s not yet set in concrete — figurative or otherwise. Will the tax ditch be reduced from 250 feet to 25 feet? Where will the service road run through? Will there be public streets, private streets or both?

All these are questions the Dagsboro Planning and Zoning Commission want answers to before they move a muscle.

“We’re not taking the word of God anymore,” Chairwoman Marge Eckerd said about the promises made by General’s Green. “There isn’t anything backed up by a written document.”

Commission member Herb Disaharoon put it like this: “They (General’s Green) want to put everything in a stipulation, like a blank check, but you won’t get far with that.”

The irony of the situation is that DNREC won’t inspect the plan unless the preliminary plan is approved by the town. That has pitted the two groups against each other in what looks like an old-fashioned standoff.

General’s Green did submit a letter to the commission following their March 8 meeting, but Dagsboro isn’t moving unless it has official documentation.

Furthermore, the commission made a motion that if a developer doesn’t make progress or resolve issues in their allotted time, then they are bumped to the back of the list in the planning pipeline instead of back at the top. That’s a position where they may accomplish little or nothing.

“We have 15 developers in this town, and it’s not fair to them if we let one developer back us up,” Disharoon said.

General’s Green representatives promised a physical plan to the commission on April 5, which gives the commissioners 10 days for review before giving their recommendations, for approval or no, to the town council.