Cape Gazette

RV campgrounds out of character for area

By Marion Gentul | Jul 19, 2014

At least one developer has done the right thing by dropping its plans to place a water park and RV campground in a residential area, finally acknowledging that such a location is "out of character for the area." Thanks to intense neighborhood opposition and a developer who listened, an RV campsite of 139 spaces, a few dozen cottages, parking for 300 cars and an amusement park will not be built; instead a community of single-family homes will be built in Ocean View.

If only that same common sense and concern for the area and people who live in Lewes be applied regarding the proposed RV City, to be located on environmentally sensitive Love Creek, right in the midst of residential areas off of secondary, crowded and dangerous roads, in order to "serve" a transient tourist population. This proposed project is even larger than the one that has thankfully been dropped in Ocean View.

Since the proposal for RV City was approved by the Sussex Planning & Zoning Commission, a small housing development called Cedar Grove is about to be built nearby. The county will benefit from revenue gained from transfer taxes and ongoing property taxes. A school is about to be built nearby the proposed RV City for the children of the growing year-round population. How much more "out of character" does RV City have to be before either the developers drop this plan, or Sussex County Council puts it on the agenda and acts responsibly by voting no?

Marion Gentul

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