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Sussex County planning commission to consider RV park

Vote to recommend would move project to county council for final approval
August 20, 2013
The intersection of Cedar Grove and Ward roads near Mulberry Knoll Road is in the vicinity of the proposed Love Creek RV Resort and Campground. BY RON MACARTHUR

Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission will consider an RV campground application at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, during its regular meeting at 2 The Circle, Georgetown.

The commission could recommend approval or denial of Love Creek RV Resort and Campground to Sussex County Council during the meeting. Sussex County Council considers final approval to building projects after commission issues its recommendation.

Jack Lingo Asset Management has filed two applications for the RV campground off Cedar Grove Road between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach.

Campgrounds are not prohibited in GR zones; the developer is asking for a zoning change from general-residential district to agricultural residential for 74 acres of the parcel. If approved, the entire 162-acre parcel would be zoned AR-1.

A conditional use approval is needed to operate a campground in an AR-1 zone, county officials said.

Included on the site plan are 628 camping sites: 516 for recreational vehicles, 30 for tents and another 82 sites for rental cabins. Proposed amenities are an amphitheater/chapel, welcome center, fitness center, laundry, clubhouse, general store, several pavilions and paddle boat launches, canoe outfitter, pumping station, swimming ponds, pools and RV storage.

The planning commission closed public comment July 11 on the application. Included in the public comment was a petition signed by 720 residents opposed to the RV park.

Residents opposed to the park object to the environmental impact and added traffic they say the RV park will bring to Cedar Grove, Mulberry Knoll and Ward roads and the Route 24 corridor that feeds into them.