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Developer wants to rezone Cedar Grove Road parcel

Four-acre property is adjacent to recently approved senior housing
January 2, 2018

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Plantation Road
Cedar Grove Road
Lewes  Delaware
United States

On the heels of the approval of a senior-living facility along Plantation Road, another developer wants to rezone an adjacent parcel for commercial development.

HKLS LLC has filed an application to rezone a four-acre parcel at the intersection of Plantation and Cedar Grove roads outside Lewes from AR-1, agricultural-residential, to B-1 neighborhood business district.

The parcel was the subject of a 2009 conditional-use approval for medical offices that did not go forward, said attorney Robert Gibbs, the developer's attorney.

During a Dec. 14 Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission hearing, Gibbs said the parcel is well suited for professional and general office use to serve a relatively small area.

Gibbs said the parcel is in the heart of a development corridor situated at an improved intersection he called one of the more well-designed and outstanding intersections in Sussex County.

Commissioners said the parcel should not have access from Plantation Road. Engineer Ring Lardner, representing the developer, said the original access to the parcel was off Cedar Grove Road. But, he added, Delaware Department of Transportation officials have the final say on access. “DelDOT already provided access with realignment of the intersection,” he said.

Commissioners also suggested interconnectivity and possibly a shared entrance with the adjacent senior living facility. “We could require interconnectivity on the site plan, but we are getting ahead of ourselves,” said Commissioner Bob Wheatley.

Lardner said a conversation with senior-living facility developers would occur.

Commissioners deferred a vote to a future meeting. County council's public hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in the county administration building, 2 The Circle, Georgetown.