Sussex County

County considers revisions to clustering

Clustered subdivisions not all Sussex County Council had originally anticipated?

State updates clear zone legislation

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is cracking down on illegal signs placed in the medians and rights-of-way of the state’s roads under a revised version of the existing “Clear Zone” law.

County approves sewer for Millville-area development

Members of the Sussex County Council unanimously approved provision of sanitary sewer for an 89-lot residential subdivision called White Creek Landing at their Nov. 1 meeting, after preliminary approvals in mid-July and Aug. 1, and on the recommendation of the county’s engineering department.

The Toll Brothers community will become linked with the Millville sanitary sewer district.

County codifies 911 addressing

Emergency responders turned out in force for the Oct. 25 Sussex County Council meeting, voicing strong support for an ordinance that will require county residents to post their new 911 addresses within the next year and a half.

County council funds soil conservation

Ditches may overflow after 6 or 7 inches of rain, no matter how good a job the Sussex Conservation District is doing. But as of the Oct. 18 Sussex County Council meeting, the conservation staff has some bankroll to match contributions from the tax ditch associations.

DelDOT talks Inlet Bridge redesign

The Indian River Inlet Bridge is safe, for now. And, devastating impact on local economies notwithstanding, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) will certainly close it down if that ever changes.

County holds off on housing issue

By all accounts, the committee studying a moderately-priced housing initiative has taken a major step in the right direction, but Sussex County Council reached consensus at the Oct. 11 council meeting that the program still needs work.

DelDOT reviews inlet bridge design

Roadwork continues around the Indian River Inlet Bridge, but the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is taking another look at designs for the bridge itself. Anticipating the single bid the department had received would prove much more expensive than expected, DelDOT is now modifying its bid package, in preparations for trying again.

County introduces parking ordinances

Sussex County Council introduced four ordinances, all related to parking, at the Oct. 4 council meeting, and while they won’t reappear on the agenda until Nov. 17 (at county Planning and Zoning), Council Member George Cole made clear he’d probably vote against all four when they come before council in December.

County denies massive project

Sussex County Council President Finley Jones pegged it as the biggest project to appear before council since Americana Bayside, back in early 2001. Supporters waited in suspense as the Isaacs Glen project — nearly 1,600 townhouses and assisted living apartments, plus retail and office space, near Milton — came down to Jones for the tiebreaker, at the Sept. 27 council meeting.

County proceeds on Western Sussex study

Sussex County Council discussed a potential $500,000 contract for a Western Sussex sewer study at the Sept. 20 council meeting — specifically, the feasibility of a regional wastewater treatment facility.

Sussex runners support cancer research

Local members of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training celebrated completed preparations for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half-Marathon with a kickoff party on Aug. 26.

Second season arrives

September is here again, and residents around the Sussex coast can again collectively exhale, having survived the stress of another summer season. More and more so every year, however, locals are likely taking another deep breath at the end of that exhalation — as they get ready for round two.

For businesses, the crowds have dwindled somewhat, but so has the workforce.

County discusses new appeals process

Sussex County Council considered draft legislation that would create a new appeals process for parties aggrieved by county decisions regarding subdivisions, at the Aug. 23 regular council meeting.

County Attorney Jim Griffin worked some housekeeping on the existing code, which is unclear when it comes to appeals before council.

84 Lumber gets go-ahead from county to expand

It was enough.
Any more than one member of Sussex County Council voting in opposition at the Aug. 16 council meeting, and 84 Lumber’s plans for expansion in Clarksville would have run aground.

Council Member Dale Dukes was out — his own Dukes Lumber being a direct competitor, he’d recused himself.

That meant 84 Lumber needed a 3-1 majority — and they got it, with a4-0 vote.

Planners move on without Allen

The Sussex County Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission held its first meeting Thursday, Aug. 11, since the passing of longtime P&Z President John “Jack” Allen.
The chairman’s seat remained vacant during the four-hour session at the Sussex County Administrative Building in Georgetown, but the committee patriarch’s presence was clearly felt.

County postdates housing ordinance

Sussex County Council enacted an ordinance to permit multisectional manufactured homes (24 feet or wider) on private residential lots (as small as half-acre) at the Aug. 16 meeting.

But the ordinance won’t go into effect probably until next summer, when the state implements a new manufactured housing inspection program.

County looks at appeals process

A bare quorum of Sussex County Council members gathered for a brief council meeting on Aug. 9, to discuss a specific subdivision appeal, but also appeals in general.

Attorney Heidi Balliet, representing the Spring Breeze subdivision project (275 lots, near Angola) petitioned council for reconsideration, following a denial from the county’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission.

County wrangles road responsibilities

Sussex County Council pointed out Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) shortcomings at the Aug. 2 council meeting, as County Administrator Bob Stickels prepares to add his requests to DelDOT’s Five-Year Capital Transportation Improvement Program.

County considers moderately-priced housing

Sussex County Council took another baby step toward a moderately-priced housing program at a public workshop on July 26.

Council members took no official action, but reached majority agreement that they would be asking County Attorney James Griffin to draft the program elements into ordinance form, thus starting the legislative process.

Council returns and hears grant requests

Sussex County Council returned from summer break to an agenda full of grant requests, and one request for a loan, at the July 19 council meeting.

University of Delaware Cooperative Extension’s Ed Kee picked up a $10,000 check, which he pledged to use in support of local agribusiness — vegetable farmers, in particular.

State stalls on various local road projects

Sussex County will get its flagship Indian River Inlet Bridge project a little later than originally anticipated, and drivers sitting in traffic on congested local roads will just have to wait and see.
This year’s $834.9 million bond bill, which funds construction projects around the state, did include $393.1 million for road projects.

'Affordable housing' study short of expectations

Sussex County Council Member Lynn Rogers last summer asked for the assemblage of a committee to investigate affordable housing options for the county.

When the investigative coalition (convened by County Administrator Robert Stickels) reported its findings on moderate-priced housing to the council Tuesday, Rogers found the presenters had mixed words, and meanings.

County approves sewer

Sussex County Council moved okayed two sanitary sewer district expansions at the June 21 meeting — one primarily for what will become the 350-lot Forest Landing subdivision (Beaver Dam Road and Central Avenue), and the second for four developments planned, three for Millville and one for Ocean View, which will eventually bring nearly 4,000 homes (and 500,000 square feet of commercial space) to t

County revisits homes in commercial zones

Sussex County Council members reconvened for a workshop-format discussion following the main body of the June 21 council meeting, and lunch, hashing out preliminary guidelines for several draft ordinances before a sparse audience.

County cuts tax giveback after one year

Sussex County Council members struck a $2.2 million tax rebate from the coming year’s $135.1 million budget at the June 14 council meeting. Last year, only Council Member George Cole (4th District) wanted to chop the tax rebate — and, like last year, he said it amounted to little more than “a large pizza and a couple of sodas” per citizen.

County considers change at Lynn Lee

Concerned manufactured home park residents attended the June 9 county Planning and Zoning (P&Z) commission, to learn more of the plan that would utterly transform the Lynn Lee Village, north of Ocean View.

Manufactured housing sector faces council

Sussex County Council members spent most of the afternoon presiding over the public hearing for a proposed 1,600-unit residential plus commercial development on 836 acres of farmland between Milford and Milton. (They deferred, awaiting a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) commission.)

County initiates sewer study

Sussex County Council covered a range of local sewer projects at the May 24 council meeting — specific district expansions around Millville and Ocean View, and a massive study for Dagsboro-Frankford and West Sussex.

County council unveils 2006 budget

County Administrator Bob Stickels gave the public a first look as he introduced the proposed fiscal 2006 budget, and sewer fees, at the May 17 county council meeting. This year’s theme was “Growth Continues,” although the general fund spending actually grew at a modest rate of 2.83 percent — to $53.3 million (combined county, state and federal monies).

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