Good development is appropriate development
The time is drawing near for Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission and Sussex County Council members to vote on the conditional use variance required for the Love Creek RV project off Cedar Grove Road. I hope and pray that the committee members have given this project serious reflection and will decide unanimously to turn down the developer's request for a zoning change to allow the RV campground (and potentially other non-residential development).
The proposed RV site is surrounded by successful single-family housing developments. Plus, there are numerous residential developments approved and planned for the area which will have the appropriate density and be populated by tax-paying citizens. The parcel in question currently has a zoning designation consistent with the Sussex County Comprehensive Plan - which should be maintained. The 628 RV, tent and cabin sites (plus all the amenities) planned for the banks of Love Creek are inconsistent with the area and the county’s strategic plan.
We are fortunate to live in a beautiful section of a small state that has few major roads, but beautiful national parks, 27 miles of beaches, varieties of wetlands and bay areas that are home to endangered species and migrating birds. If this national treasure is to be preserved for future generations, it must be protected. That is the purpose of the comprehensive plan and prescribed zoning rules. The developers have the obligation to be responsible stewards of the land and not be driven by economics alone. Our county officials have the duty to protect our environment and lifestyle. Our children and grandchildren will inherit the results of these decisions. Good development is appropriate development.