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200 new homes are coming to Sussex County following land use decisions in April

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About 200 new homes will be built in southern Delaware after three new subdivisions received approval during April meetings of the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission.

In addition to the subdivisions, the commission approved an expansion for Chappell Farms, an apartment and retail complex planned for Cave Neck Road and Coastal Highway in Milton, and a site plan for Long Neck Community Bank, where unmarked human remains were found days later.

In April, the commission made dozens of decisions determining how land will be used in the state’s southernmost and fastest-growing county. The News Journal/Delaware Online monitors their decisions monthly.

This is what happened in April.

3 new subdivisions approved

In April, three new land development plans were approved for south Sussex, one final and two provisional.

At Bayard Road in Frankford and immediately north of The Hamlet at Dirickson Pond, the final subdivision plan for Brookland Farm was approved. Gulfstream Development is listed in planning documents as the developer of the 92-lot community.

The 42-hectare site includes approximately 1.6 hectares of wetlands along Bayard Road that will remain undisturbed, according to planning documents. Most of the site consists of agricultural land, but 5,000 square meters of forest will be removed.

The preliminary subdivision plan for Smokey Hollow, also from Gulfstream Development, was also approved. The commission approved 81 lots, instead of the requested 82, on Smokey Hollow’s, about 67 acres off Johnson Road in Selbyville.

Three impacts on the estate’s 16 hectares of wetlands were proposed, each less than a tenth of an hectare. Due to the rejection of one plot by the committee, one of these impacts will probably not be necessary. The two remaining impacts are a road over wetlands and a dive road over Bear Hole Tax Ditch. Both will require permits from numerous agencies before they take place.

The amount of forest to be removed was not specified in the plans, but the amount of “forested uplands” on the property is approximately 26 hectares.

And finally, a preliminary plan was approved for Herring Run, a 28-lot subdivision planned for 40 acres on Honolulu Road in Frankford. The site is agricultural, with no forest or wetlands.

Long Neck Community Bank plan approved, unmarked human remains found days later

A revised final site plan for the Long Neck Community Bank property was approved, following an initial approval in December.

“At the time, the applicant intended to relocate the existing cemetery,” county staff planner Lauren Devore said at the April 10 meeting. “Now the cemetery must remain.”

Planning documents include a ground-penetrating radar survey on April 4 by Pennoni Associates, which found 10 anomalies “consistent with burial grounds” outside the existing cemetery fencing.

On April 19, unmarked human remains were found at the active construction site, but it is not clear if this was among the remains found in the ground-penetrating radar survey. Community Bank representatives did not respond to phone calls and emails.

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Chappell Farm Permit Renewed

Chappell Farm developers were granted a conditional use permit in 2021 for four apartment buildings and three commercial buildings at the northwest corner of Cave Neck Road and Coastal Highway in Milton. Conditional use permits are valid for three years, and Chappell Farm’s expires in September.

The developer, Hudson Management LLC, was granted a reprieve at the April 10 meeting, citing ongoing Department of Transportation work at the intersection. Construction is now expected to be completed by the end of the year, according to planning documents.

Other land use decisions

The Spatial Planning and Zoning Committee also made the following decisions in April.

  • The committee voted to recommend that the County Council approve a draft marijuana establishment ordinance.
  • Lennar’s Acadia Landing is a 234-lot subdivision under construction along Robinsonville Road in Lewes. Developers requested changes to the terms of Acadia’s plan, including minimizing buffers, which the commission denied, and extending the deadline for completing facilities, which the commission approved.
  • A revised preliminary facilities plan was approved for the 68-lot Sandpiper Cove, a cluster subdivision on approximately 52 acres off Zion Church Road in Selbyville. The clubhouse and pool were made slightly smaller, Devore said, and the clubhouse was reoriented around the grounds.
  • The preliminary and final facilities plan for K. Hovnanian’s Scenic Harbor, the 319-lot subdivision on Mulberry Knoll Road in Lewes, was approved. It features a swimming pool, pool house, tiki bar, clubhouse, pickleball courts, playgrounds and more.
  • Commissioners voted to recommend that the County Council approve conditional use permits for a small auto shop on Armory Road in Frankford, a tree service on Gravel Hill Road in Millsboro and a professional office on Route 9 in Georgetown.
  • The commissioners will recommend that the County Council approve zoning changes for a storage facility on Route 13 in Delmar and an expansion at Rudy’s Marine on Route 113 in Dagsboro.
  • A revised final site plan was approved for a Plantations Medical and Professional office center, which will add a fourth building to the Plantation Road property in Lewes.
  • Preliminary and final site plans for a 27-acre Sunrise Solar farm on Clendaniel Pond Road in Lincoln were approved. Less than one hectare of forest will be cleared at the site.
  • A preliminary site plan for a liquor store at Williamsville Country Village on Route 54 in Selbyville was approved.
  • A revised preliminary plan for 33 flex units and office space on approximately 10 acres on South Walnut Street in Milford was approved.
  • A preliminary site plan for Bethany Blooms Landscaping on Roxana Road in Frankford was approved.
  • Numerous small subdivisions with lots of five or less were approved.

Shannon Marvel McNaught reports from southern Delaware and beyond. Reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter @MarvelMcNaught.