Lewes’ Point Farm: 69 homesites eyed near Great Marsh

Developer seeks city annexation
The outlined triangle-shaped parcel indicates where J.G. Townsend & Co., propose building Point Farm, a 69 single-family home community. The 108-acre parcel is in unincorporated Sussex Count.A Lewes City Council panel is considering a request to annex the land. The committee has 90 days to render an opinion on whether annexing Point Farm would be good or bad idea. COURTESY DELAWARE PLUS
September 16, 2013

Point Farm, a subdivision planned for just outside Lewes city limits, is beginning to work through the city's annexation process.  The project's developers would like its 69 single-family homes to be within city limits.

The proposed Point Farm, with extensive frontage on the Great Marsh, would be built on about 108-acres, just off New Road, near the Canary Creek subdivision. The site is adjacent to University of Delaware's College of Earth, Ocean and Environment.

Point Farm is owned by J.G. Townsend Jr. & Co., said Nick Hammonds, a principal with project developer Jack Lingo Assets Management in Rehoboth Beach.

Hammonds, in a Sept. 11 telephone interview, said it is too early to begin talking about project specifics such as site plans, housing designs, or estimated construction start dates.

He said about 38 homes in the proposed development could be built on a naturally elevated section of the site that would provide excellent Delaware Bay views.

Many decisions about the project, Hammond said, would depend on housing market timing. He said the company typically works on projects in phases, but if market conditions are favorable, they might find advantages in working on a broader scope

Lewes Mayor Jim Ford on Sept. 9 appointed an Annexation Committee to begin examining whether extending Lewes’ boundary lines to take in Point Farm would be good for the city.

Hammonds said because of the adjacent Canary Creek community, Lewes Board of Public Works stands ready with sanitary sewer, water and electric line tie-ins near Point Farm.

A state Preliminary Land Use Survey application filed in February indicates the parcel is zoned agricultural-residential (AR-1,) and that the developer is not planning to change it.

The site is not known to contain historical or cultural resources, but that has not been evaluated.

A state historic preservation commission evaluation, along with others as needed, would be allowed to participate.

The site owner would be the applicant for that.

There are five forested acres on the site and the developer does not plan to touch them.

The Lewes Annexation Committee has 90 days to render its decision, which sets a Sunday, Dec. 1 deadline. The panel’s first meeting is at 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 20 in City Hall.

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