Sussex County Council Approves Change of Zone for Proposed Softball World Hotel

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The Sussex County Council revisited several items in Old Business this morning. The council denied conditional use 2102 – for a concrete form and equipment storage business on Route 26. During the original public hearing there was testimony citing accidents and traffic issues. There were also permitting problems. The council voted 4 to 1 to deny the conditional use with Sam Wilson voting to approve. However the council is hoping the county will help the business to relocate.

The council voted to defer a week on change of zone 1832 and conditional use 2106 which both deal with a proposed development for 52 multi-family homes off Shady Road in Lewes.

A change of zone #1836 for Softball World off Route 9 in Georgetown was approved by the Council with a unanimous vote. Airport manager, Jim Hickin, told the council that it looked like there would be no issue of the proposed 3 story hotel being in the flight path of the Delaware Coastal Airport. The council approved the change of zone from AR1 to CR1.

In the afternoon session the council had three public hearings. The County Council has approved an electronic message center sign for the Nanticoke Indian Association office property on Route 24 near Rosedale Road. The original sign was destroyed in a vehicle crash and the NIA is looking to replace it with an upgraded electronic sign.

A change of zone (#1844) was approved for Westridge Shores on 21.26 acres off Banks Road east of Millsboro. Boardwalk Development is looking to put in a community of 54 single family homes. The property would be buffered with trees and would be 43% open space – and at a lower density than the neighboring communities.

Property off Plantations Road west of Rehoboth is planned for Plantations Square, a business park development for several buildings just north of Route 24 – and adjacent to the new EMS/Paramedic unit. Developers have had interest from several people – including a thrift store and medical offices. LMHT, LLC was requesting a change of zone (#1845) for the just over 6 acres property – the council approved the request with a unanimous vote.

All three applications during the afternoon session saw no opposition – or support from the public.