Final plan approved for Ritter property

Family business can continue to sell landscaping materials at borrow pit site
May 19, 2023

Preliminary and final site plans for a conditional-use application filed by Howard Ritter & Sons has been approved.

At its May 11 meeting, the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission voted unanimously in favor of plans to allow the family company to continue to sell landscape materials such as stone, mulch and soil at its existing borrow pit site on a 51-acre parcel off Plantation Road near Lewes.

The Ritters amended their original application to remove concrete crushing and recycling, tree and stump grinding, and dyeing of mulch.

The borrow pit on the site, which is not part of the application, is a nonconforming use, and county staff recommended that a conditional-use application be filed to cover other activities on the property. The family business has been in operation for nearly 50 years.



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