Plans for an 87 single-family-home subdivision on Reynolds Road and Route 1 near Milton were presented during the Nov. 14 Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.
GRJS Outreach LLC and William Sammons Sr., William Sammons Jr., Mary Jane Sammons and Bonnie Sammons Voshell have filed an application for Estates at Milton Crossing. The Sammons family owns 70 acres and GRJS Outreach owns the other 32 acres of the 102-acre parcel.
Preston Dyer, representing the owners, said plans to develop the property date back to 2002-03 when a plan for 1,000 units of senior housing was proposed. He said the recession hit and the plan was withdrawn. Another plan for a campground was discussed before the owners decided on a single-family subdivision, Dyer said.
The owners' engineer, Mark Davidson of Pennoni Associates, said plans call for one-half-acre lots with access to Reynolds Road but not Route 1. He said a 20-foot buffer would surround the development and a 30-foot buffer would be adjacent to agricultural areas. Davidson said plans include an additional 4 acres of trees planted along the buffers.
He said a 30-acre wooded area would be preserved. Lots would be from 800 feet to 1,000 feet away from the 9 acres of wetlands on the property. Sidewalks are planned on one side of each street in the proposed subdivision.
Lots would have individual wells and gravity septic systems, which have been approved by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Davidson said.
If approved, state transportation officials will require the developer to widen Reynolds Road with 11-foot travel lanes and 5-foot shoulders along the frontage of the parcel. DelDOT is not requiring a shared-use path along the frontage.
Planning and zoning commissioners deferred a vote to a future meeting. Subdivision applications are voted on only by planning and zoning commissioners and not Sussex County Council.