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Clock now ticking on Love Creek RV park decision

Planners face 45-day limit on Love Creek campground
By Ron MacArthur | Jul 16, 2013
Photo by: Ron MacArthur The fate of two RV campgrounds is in Sussex County officials' hands. A popular RV campground is this one at Delaware Seashore State Park.

No decision has yet been made, but officials closed the public record on a pair of applications for an RV resort along Love Creek. At its July 11 meeting, the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission voted 5-0 to close the record. Now the commission has 45 days to make a recommendation to county council.

Commission Chairman Bob Wheatley said that the matter would probably be placed on the agenda for the Thursday, Aug. 22 meeting, but he urged those who are interested to check the county's website for the date. Once a recommendation is made, council will place the matter on its agenda for a final vote.

Jack Lingo Asset Management has filed two applications for Love Creek RV Resort and Campground off Cedar Grove Road between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach. The developer is asking for a conditional use and a zoning change from GR, general-residential district, to AR-1, agricultural residential, for 74 acres of the parcel. If approved, the entire 162-acre parcel would be zoned AR-1. Campgrounds are not prohibited in GR zones.

Included on the site plan are 628 camping sites: 516 for recreational vehicles, 30 for tents and another 82 sites for rental cabins. Proposed amenities are an amphitheater/chapel, welcome center, fitness center, laundry, clubhouse, general store, several pavilions and paddle boat launches, canoe outfitter, pumping station, swimming ponds, pools and RV storage.

The record had been left open for receipt of comments from Delaware Department of Transportation on a traffic-impact study. Then the record was left open for 15 days for additional public comments. Lawrence Lank, director of county planning and zoning, said the comment period ended June 28.

Lank also presented the commission with petitions containing 720 signatures opposed to the applications.

“Now is the time to go through the entire record,” said Vince Robertson, assistant county attorney.

 

Council defers on Massey's Landing decision

A final decision on a pair of applications for another RV park in Massey's Landing are also on hold.

The planning and zoning commission has recommended approval of the applications for Castaways at Massey's Landing; however, county council has not made the final vote.

The developers, Ida Faucett and Ida Faucett Heirs LLC and Massey's Landing Park Inc., have filed applications for a zoning change on a 51-acre parcel from MR, medium-density residential, to AR-1, agricultural residential, and a conditional-use to allow the campground. A campground is not permitted in MR zoning.

The proposed campground at the end of Long Neck Road would contain 322 RV sites and 10 tent camping sites. Numerous planned amenities include a swimming pool; pavilions; general store; welcome center; dog park; cafe and snack bar; bath houses; nature center; two lodges; fishing and crabbing piers; rental center for golf carts; DART bus stop; and a rental center for kayaks, canoes and other nonmotorized watercraft.

County council deferred on a decision following its June 18 public hearing and left the record open for a response from DelDOT questioning the need for a current traffic impact study. A 2005 study was used during the application process, although DelDOT officials said the study was sufficient.

 

Comments (2)
Posted by: Barry Wayne Price | Jul 16, 2013 07:55

Good luck with this one. You all are going to need it. Do the right thing.

 

 

 



Posted by: Greg and Terri Kordal | Jul 16, 2013 08:58

Appreciate the Gazette keeping this topic front and center for county tax-paying residents.  These decisions are extremely critical to the future of this region.  My hope is that our local officials turn the corner and make positive decisions regarding the controlled development in our county.  Decline these two RV projects, hire a county planner and set the precedent for appropriate development (right project for the right place).

Two corrections: the total number of petitions submitted for the Love Ceek RV camp was 1,245 - the 720 cited above were the additional amount received since the 1st council meeting and the "resort" plan also includes a tiki bar!



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