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Sussex officials approve 247 units at Fieldstone

Houses replace developer’s plan for RV campground near Lewes
April 23, 2018

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Cedar Grove Road
Mulberry Knoll Road
Lewes  Delaware
United States

On a parcel where a developer first proposed an RV park, houses will instead be built.

At its April 12 meeting, the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission voted 5-0 to grant preliminary site-plan approval to Fieldstone, a 247-single-family lot subvision on 201 acres on the south side of Ward and Cedar Grove roads and east of Mulberry Knoll Road near Lewes.

The application was filed by local developer and landowner J.G. Townsend Jr. & Co.

Making the motion for approval, Commissioner Kim Hoey Stevenson said the project meets the goal of affordable housing on the parcel zoned AR-1, agricultural-residential, and GR, general residential. County council had rejected the plan for the RV park.

Stevenson said the developer has planned several buffers beyond county standards, including a 100-foot buffer from all nontidal wetlands and a more than 100-foot protection zone around Welches Pond, located within the parcel. A 50-foot buffer will be provided around the boundary of the property.

Lots in the subdivision will be a minimum of 10,000 square feet.

Among the conditions approved by the commission, the developer must preserve a 78-acre wooded area and designate it on the final site plan, which is subject to approval by the planning and zoning commission.

Stevenson provided a schedule to build amenities, giving the developer one year to build a community park. Prior to issuing the 103rd building permit, the pool and clubhouse must be built and prior to the 185th building permit, all other amenities including a kayak launch and dock with access to Love Creek must be in place.

The commission is requiring the developer to explore the option of constructing an emergency entrance, but only if approved by the State Fire Marshal and the Delaware Department of Transportation.