Sussex needs to enact a moratorium

October 5, 2017

The following letter was set to members of Sussex County Council, with a copy submitted to the Cape Gazette for publication.

It is time to put the brakes on development in this pristine community. We moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 1974, and quickly fell in love with Rehoboth. We sold our Outer Banks property and chose to relocate our love for the shore here.

I have watched it grow and preserve all the charms that we loved. Something has changed in the last few years. It would appear that developers have been given the green light to overdevelop every spit of land available! Where is the vision, the long-term plan to preserve all that made it so special? Life has become a nightmare as a permanent resident.

When will you afford an equal value to residents and contain this mindless overgrowth? Do you drive these streets? Have you turned left from Route One at CVS?

The traffic from Shuttle Road steals half of our left turn signal, allowing only a portion to turn left. And you're allowing 96 new condos and commercial property to go forward at Hebron and Route One - that is insanity!

This is no longer a three-month issue; the problem continues all year. When I cannot find a parking space in town in February, something is terribly wrong with the planning process. The anger here is growing - without due consideration to our inadequate infrastructure, and equal value afforded to residents, it will become explosive.

We chose Rehoboth because we didn't want to live in an Ocean City. You are moving in that direction, and we expect a tax increase to pay for the infrastructure improvements to compensate for your green light to developers.

A moratorium on development is overdue, and until you can provide an open process for your decisions and long-term planning, the anger will continue to grow.

Jane B. Rice
Rehoboth Beach


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