Two Hudson Road housing projects, and their 338 proposed homes, moved closer to fruition Sept. 28, after Sussex County Planning & Zoning officials approved a preliminary site plan for one and spoke kindly of the other during a public hearing.
A significant majority of the new homes, 277, is for a project called Compass Point. This project sits on 135.5 acres, and will have entrances on Hudson and Sweetbriar roads.
Attorney James Fuqua represented the developer at the hearing. He said there would be 60 acres of open space, sidewalks, an 8,000-foot walking system and a community center that’s a minimum of 2,400 square feet.
Fuqua said the plan is to build the development in six phases, 46 lots each. He said the community center would be built before the 150 building permit was obtained.
There’s an undeveloped parcel of more than 100 acres abutting Compass Point to the east, and commission Vice Chair Kim Stevenson said she would like to see the developer incorporate interconnectedness between the two areas for emergency response purposes. It’s time to start planning ahead instead of just thinking about these developments one at a time, she said.
Fuqua said the Delaware Department of Transportation is requiring the closure of the crossover at the Route 1 and Hudson and Steamboat Landing roads intersection after the building permit for the 175th home is issued.
Fuqua said DelDOT is not requiring the developer to pay for any improvements at the triangular intersection up the street where Hudson and Sweetbriar roads intersect with Cave Neck Road because DelDOT was already looking into putting a stoplight there.
A handful of property owners spoke during the public hearing, most of them understanding the land is going to be developed, but still wanting to list their concerns.
A Sweetbriar Road resident said in addition to the intersection improvements, road improvements are needed because Sweetbriar has become a way for people to cut through to Long Neck from Route 1.
A property owner from the Oakridge Development, abutting the proposed project to the south, said one reason he moved out there was because he liked being able to see the stars at night, and his development didn’t have streetlights. He asked the developer to consider using streetlights that direct light downward.
A horse farm owner on Hudson Road whose property line has more than 1,000 feet abutting the development said he was against the project, but asked the developer to consider more than the 20-foot buffer required by code.
Following the public hearing, commission Chairman Martin Ross said he thought the project was well developed.
Commissioner Robert Wheatley said the project was one of the better ones he has seen.
In the end, the commission voted 5-0 to defer action on the project.
The second development, Lewes Shores Estates, is on 81 acres on Hudson Road between Eagle Crest Road and Route 1. The plan from Milford-based Key Properties Group LLC of Milford calls for 61 single-family lots.
By a unanimous 5-0 vote, commissioners gave preliminary approval to the project with little discussion after Stevenson listed 14 conditions – most of which relate to buffers, open space and water management. As part of those conditions, the homeowners association is required to maintain a graveyard found on the property. There was a public hearing regarding this project Sept. 14.
Jimtown Road sewer, sidewalk delayed
Planning commissioners voted unanimously in favor of giving the developer of Coastal Club, community under construction on Beaver Dam Road, a one-year extension to construct a sidewalk and sewer connection along Jimtown Road.
Coastal Club LLC originally agreed to have a sidewalk and sewer hook up for residents along Jimtown Road by May 2017.