Sussex County Council has unanimously approved a rezoning application for a 10-acre parcel along Holland Glade Road behind Seaside Outlets near Rehoboth Beach, paving the way for a possible hotel and health club.
The application was filed by Coroc/Rehoboth III LLC, a subsidiary of Tanger Factory Outlets Inc.
At its April 9 meeting, council backed the recommendation of approval from the planning and zoning commission to rezone the property from AR-1, agricultural-residential, to C-3 heavy commercial district.
During previous testimony, Jim Fuqua, attorney for the applicant, said at this time, retail development is not planned for the parcel.
Access to the property would be from Holland Glade Road and Seaside Outlet Drive, the main entrance to the existing 25-acre outlet center. Fuqua said as development along Holland Glade Road progresses, state transportation officials have plans to install a traffic signal at the intersection with Route 1.
Fuqua said access to the Junction & Breakwater Trail, linking Rehoboth Beach and Lewes, would be maintained.
Before construction can take place, the developer must submit a site plan to the planning and zoning commission and state agencies for review and approval.
The parcel is across the road from another project, which has received preliminary approval from the county planning and zoning commission. Phase 2 of Coastal Station includes a four-story hotel and 165,880 square feet of mixed retail and residential development on 5 acres. Phase 1 includes Iron Hill Brewery, Royal Farms and Chaps Pit Beef along Route 1.
Councilman I.G. Burton of Lewes expressed concern about development along Holland Glade Road. “It worries me. How much more can we put in this area?” he asked.
Burton said commercial development belongs on Route 1 but not necessarily on Holland Glade Road. He noted that state protected lands border the parcel providing a backstop to development on the west side of the road.
He agreed with the planning and zoning commission's reasons for approval, adding it's incumbent on the developer to follow through on plans for a service road and access to the Junction-Breakwater Trail.