Lewes planners, public tour Fisher’s Cove site

Visit to give officials better understanding of existing conditions
March 5, 2019

Members of the Lewes Planning Commission and the public toured a property eyed for development along the Great Marsh Feb. 27.

Fisher's Cove is proposed to be a 18-unit subdivision between Rodney Avenue and the University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean and Environment campus. Access to the 12-acre property would be via Rodney Avenue and the development’s main road would skirt wetlands on the way to the highest point of the land, where most of the homes would be built. The property is zoned R-2, low-density residential, where 10,000-square-foot lots are required. The smallest lot on the proposal is just over 10,000 square feet, but most range from 12,000 to 16,000 square feet. 

The purpose of the site visit was for the planning commission to get a better understanding of existing conditions of the property. Only planning commission members were permitted to ask questions of the developer’s representatives. The public was permitted to follow along, and more than a dozen took advantage of the opportunity. 

Next up would be the scheduling of a public hearing. The developer’s attorney Tim Willard opted to keep his comments limited at the commission’s Feb. 7 meeting, when the plan was first introduced, saying the more appropriate time to make an in-depth presentation would be at a public hearing. 

Nearby residents took advantage of their opportunity to speak Feb. 7, laying out several concerns with the proposed plan, not the least of which is flooding and potential impact on neighboring properties.