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Love Creek RV Park cabins don't conform to zoning

By Jim Schneider | Jan 03, 2014

Are you aware that the Love Creek RV Resort proposal includes 82 cabins? The average number of rooms in a Best Western hotel is 76. This fact alone is one more reason that the Lingo application for a zoning change and conditional use approval must be rejected: A hotel-like project does not conform to the comprehensive plan for this residential area.

I agree with the many letters citing reasons for opposition to the campground: the negative impact on traffic and the environment,strains on emergency services at taxpayers’ expense, reduced revenues to the county versus a housing development on the site, and the fact the proposed RV park just doesn't fit with the residential character of the neighboring community. The inclusion of cabins is just one more piece of the RV park development that just does not benefit the residents and taxpayers.

The Lingo application provides no details on these "cabins" except that they are clustered together. Given the Cape Gazette's editorial claim that Lingo is a quality developer, let’s assume that these are "luxury” cabins. The “luxury” cabins in Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in Milford sleep up to six people with two full/twin bunks and a love seat, and includes a number of amenities: bathroom with a shower and sink, kitchenette with a refrigerator and sink, an oven-cooktop combo, microwave, cable TV air conditioning and heat, paddle fan and table with chairs."  This "cabin" sounds more like a small rental home.

More important, council members need to evaluate why this kind of cabin isn't considered a dwelling or upgraded motel unit, and thus subject to the zoning requirement (two homes per acre) rather than the AR1-zoning that Lingo is requesting.  If approved, what would stop Lingo or other developers from putting up campgrounds with 80-plus cabins in other locations in Lewes, Rehoboth, Bethany or Fenwick Island?  As noted in the opposition attorney's submission into the official record, cabins are not permitted in campgrounds

The answer to these concerns is having the county council vote no on the Lingo/Townsend application for the Love Creek RV Campground.  Cabins and the rest of the RV park just do not fit with the residential nature of the area.

Jim Schneider
Lewes

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