Sussex County

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).

County denies bridge over wetlands

The County Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission unanimously recommended denial of the Riverview application — a 1,400-foot wooden bridge to a proposed 72-unit residential planned community (RPC) — at the May 12 P&Z meeting.

County denies Moose lodge

Sussex County Council decided the County Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission’s conditions weren’t enough to make a Loyal Order of Moose lodge fit next to a chicken house, and voted unanimously to deny the application on May 10.

County looks at dogcatchers

Sussex County Council juggled the animal control hot potato at the May 10 council meeting, but where that responsibility will come to rest remains to be seen.

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) leaders have voted unanimously to move away from those duties, and return to the society’s original mission.

Price tapped as the top Sussex County Democrat

Millville resident Shirley Price quietly reentered politics in recent weeks —– not as a challenger, but as an organizer. Price, a former state representative for the 38th District, has been selected as Chair for the Sussex County Democratic Party.

County considers emergency housing request

With budget time fast approaching, petitioners have begun to position their causes on Sussex County Council’s radar screen. The First State Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC&D) explained their mission at the May 3 council meeting.

County council defers on Moose Lodge

Sussex County Council held public hearing on the Loyal Order of Moose application at the April 26 council meeting.

County takes a look at Riverview project

Sussex County Council took another look at the Riverview project north of Millville on April 19, but deferred action: awaiting a recommendation from the planning and zoning (P&Z) commission.

The builders are seeking a residential-planned community (RPC) overlay on approximately 80 acres of land near the Tuckahoe Acres campground (Holt’s Landing).

County reintroduces open space talk

Sussex County Council once again turned to the issue of open space requirements at the April 12 council meeting, continuing work begun last year.

Council adopted two ordinances related to minimum open space requirements in new developments in August (cluster development) and December (minimums required, rather than recommended, in subdivisions) of 2004.

County puts a hold on 84 Lumber plans

Was it enough?
The proposed expansion at Clarksville’s 84 Lumber — chock full of improvements — came before Sussex County Council on April 12.

County moves to preserve local farms

Sussex County Council members approved a budget recommendation to earmark another $250,000 toward farmland preservation at the April 5 council meeting.

They’d approved a $125,000 match for state Department of Agriculture efforts, out of funds already allocated to the Sussex County Land Trust (SCLT) just two weeks prior.

Sussex has voice muted on HB 36

Below the C&D Canal, Delaware is a true blue state. Sussex and Kent Counties voted Bush for president and Lee for Governor in the last election.

However, the numbers have it in New Castle County. Apparently, Smyrna marks a bit of a political divide. Case in point, the updated and revised version of the bill formerly known as HB 99 — now HS 1 for HB 36.

CBS seeks greater voice at county level

Sussex County Council members, take notice. The eastern voting bloc wants more of a say in county affairs, and the numbers are behind them.

Chamber offers 10 reason to join

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce annual Member-Get-A-Member Campaign has hit its halfway marker. Members only have three more weeks to recruit new business members and earn their “bucks” to go shopping at the April 27 Business After Hours at the Woodsong Country Inn. However, this year there’s a twist.

County matches for open land donations

Sussex County Council signed off on a pair of Sussex County Land Trust (SCLT) partnerships at the March 22 council meeting.

SCLT President/CEO Wendy Baker said the trust had acquired or helped acquire 2,500 acres of open space in Sussex County since its inception.

County moves on local sewer

“This is kind of a milestone,” said Assistant County Engineer Russell Archut. “It’s the last piece — with this project, the entire southeast corner will be filled out.”

Slated for completion in May 2007, the Miller Creek and South Ocean View Sanitary Sewer Districts will bring the last remaining lands between the Indian River Inlet and Fenwick Island onto central sewer.

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