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April 16, 2013
Milton planners to meet April 16

The Milton Planning & Zoning Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, at the Milton Public Library.

A public hearing will be held regarding Fernmoor Homes’ re­quest for preliminary approval of Phase 4 of Heritage Creek. Commissioners are expected to vote on the request following the public hearing. For more information, call town hall at 302-684-4110.

Rehoboth board to hear Fourth Street variances

The Rehoboth Beach Board of Adjustment will hear three vari­ance requests for 15 Fourth St. at the board’s regular meeting, 7 p.m., Monday, April 22, in the city commissioners’ room.

Owners Stephen Harding and David McKenney are requesting a variance to allow a two-foot variance from the four-foot side yard setback requirement for a preexisting structure to allow the height of the roof to be increased to 12 feet.

The owners, represented by attorney Adam Gerber, are also seeking a .5-foot variance from the six-foot side yard setback requirement for a house that was constructed in 1948.

A third variance is being re­quested to allow the HVAC unit and propane tank to remain in the side yard.

Rehoboth committee to update bike map

The Rehoboth Beach Streets and Transportation Committee will update the city’s bicycle map for the 2013 season at the committee’s 9 a.m., Friday, April 19 meeting in the city commis­sioners’ room. The committee will discuss the location of scooter parking areas on the bicycle and parking maps, update the bike map with locations of additional bike racks, discuss the locations of bicycle routes and discuss informational signs on bike routes at the en­trance to the city. The committee will also dis­cuss and decide locations for more shared bike/car arrows, or sharrows, on city streets.

Finally, the committee will dis­cuss and recommend an idling ordinance.

Rehoboth Beach commissioners to meet

The Rehoboth Beach commis­sioners will meet at 7 p.m., Friday, April 19, in the city commission­ers’ room to hear a permit of compliance request for Modern Mixture restaurant, 62-A Re­hoboth Ave. The request has been made by Steven Rhone for Modern Mix­ture to serve alcohol.

In old business, the commis­sioners will consider adoption of a revised Freedom of Infor­mation Act policy, and will set fees for providing copies of city records requested under FOIA.

Commissioner Stan Mills will lead a report and discussion on household hazardous waste col­lection programs in Delaware and Rehoboth.

Finally, the commissioners will consider authorizing the mayor to request the General Assembly enact a proposed charter change regulating the position of alder­man and assistant alderman, bringing the city into conformity with the state’s wishes.

Dewey commission to examine microbrewery

At its April 6 meeting, Dewey Beach Town Council voted 3-2 to send a draft ordinance to the planning commission. The ordi­nance would allow a potential microbrewery to apply to set up shop as a conditional use in cer­tain commercial zoning districts.

Commissioners Joy Howell and Anna Legates voted against forwarding the ordinance to the commission, but neither testified about the vote.

Town attorney Fred Townsend said the ordinance would not open the doors to many mi­crobreweries in town; it would only create a conditional use ap­plication, which council has the power to deny.

Marcia Schieck said the change would allow manufacturing, and it would conflict with the town’s goal of becoming more family friendly.

“We already have 19 alcohol­serving facilities in this 20-block town,” she said.

Schieck owns a house behind the old Bishop’s Coffee Shop at 2100 Coastal Hwy., where the proposed microbrewery would be located.

Clinton Bunting, the owner of the property, said council would be allowed to restrict the micro­brewery’s hours of operation and the number of people allowed in the establishment. “We’re open to that,” he said. “We don’t want to be a bar.”

The planning commission has not yet set a date to discuss the zoning change. For more information, go to townofdew­eybeach. com.

Rehoboth city hall task force meets April 18

The Rehoboth Beach City Hall Complex Master Plan Task Force will meet at 9 a.m., Thursday, April 18, in the commissioners’ room, to review the status of the planning for a new City Hall.

The task force will discuss the city’s debt and funding options for a new complex.


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