Sussex County

County officials watching bottom line closely

Sussex County officials presented an interim financial report on the county’s 2008 fiscal-year budget at the county council’s Dec. 4 meeting, noting concerns over drops in development-related revenues and expectations of a $2.7 million operating...

Friday, December 14, 2007 - 9:01am

Counties looking to cement overlay power

The Sussex County Council is considering asking for state legislation that would clarify the county’s ability to establish overlay zones.

Recommendations for that legislation were presented to council members at their Tuesday, Oct. 2,...

Friday, October 5, 2007 - 10:47am

Lot maintenance, 'Clean Hands' to hearing

The Sussex County Council moved forward on two pieces of proposed legislation this week, at their Tuesday, Sept. 25, meeting. Council President Dale Dukes introduced final drafts of the county’s new proposed lot maintenance ordinance and on a new...

Friday, September 28, 2007 - 3:41am

County’s buffer ordinance moves forward

Sussex County Councilman George Cole (R-4th) wants to protect the views of major subdivisions neighboring lands developed across the county in the future.

But discussion at the council’s Sept. 18 meeting made it clear that he faces...

Friday, September 21, 2007 - 4:53am

County aims for ‘clean hands’ and clean lots

The Sussex County Council discussed two proposed ordinances at their Sept. 18 meeting, dealing with the maintenance of lots by property owners and with the county’s ability to refuse to issue building permits until applicants have paid up on...

Friday, September 21, 2007 - 4:46am

County council reviews DelDot's plan

County Administrator Dave Baker brought to the Sussex County Council’s attention at their Aug. 21 meeting the Delaware Department of Transportation’s five-year capital improvement transportation plan and a planned Sept. 6 meeting regarding the...

Friday, August 24, 2007 - 8:55am

County council takes buffer ordinance

Sussex County Councilmen wrangled on Tuesday with a proposed ordinance change that would define the 30-foot forested buffer the council requires of developments adjacent to existing agricultural lands.

The draft defines such buffers as...

Friday, August 24, 2007 - 8:52am

Council approves density ordinances

Moves made in Georgetown this week disregarded the recommendation of a Sussex County land-use consultant being paid $225,000 to help shape development policy. Sussex County Council on Tuesday voted 3-1 to approve an ordinance that will allow...

Saturday, August 4, 2007 - 1:54pm

Memorable events cost more

Sussex County Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance that tacks a fee onto marriage ceremonies through the county’s Clerk of the Peace office. George Parish, the county’s eccentric Clerk of the Peace, who performs the ceremonies and reportedly...

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 6:37pm

Planners recommend density bonus change

Despite a change one county official said could make the ordinance “unworkable,” Sussex County’s planning and zoning commissioners on Wednesday recommended approval of an ordinance that would allow county officials to trade density restrictions...

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 6:35pm

Special tax districts gaining popularity in county

Later this month, developers of The Estuary, a 1,052-home community tucked beside the Assawoman Wildlife Refuge, will ask Sussex County Council to create a special tax district to finance infrastructure costs. A tax would only be imposed on lots...

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 8:00pm

County receives $1.056M in grants

Low-income homeowners outside Selbyville and in Ocean View will receive funding through the federal government’s community development block grant program this year to fix up their homes or connect to central water service, according to county...

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 8:00pm

Legislators approve 'sweeping' revenue package

State legislators approved a sweeping revenue package with the 2008 fiscal year budget this weekend, raising $572 million over the next six years to help cover a $1.5 billion shortfall in the capital transportation program and, perhaps, saving...

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 8:00pm

Legislation pushes IR bridge ahead

State legislation up for approval this week would allow state transportation officials to begin work on the much-anticipated Indian River Inlet Bridge project that was delayed again in late April.

A portion of the 2008-fiscal-year bond...

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

State House passes Millville charter change

Delaware House of Representatives on June 21 passed House Bill 211, making an amendment to the charter of the Town of Millville, to allow the town council to create special tax districts.

The council, at their June meeting, requested that...

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

County adopts $142 million plan

Sussex County Council unanimously approved their $142 million 2008-fiscal-year budget Tuesday, with one amendment to help aging county senior centers.

The Indian River, Nanticoke, Greenwood and Lewes senior centers will receive $25,000...

Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 8:00pm

Reports urge funding action for DelDOT

Delaware roadway congestion will worsen and the condition of the state’s roads and bridges will deteriorate if state legislators don’t find a way to fund needed projects, two independent organizations reported this week.

Reports from the...

Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 8:00pm

Proposed density ordinance debated

A state official joined others last week in denouncing a Sussex ordinance to sell additional density for cash in certain condominium and townhome developments. Bryan Hall, a state planner for Sussex, with the Office of State Planning Coordination...

Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 8:00pm

Construction oops gets not P&Z approval

Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commissioners on Wednesday denied approval of an updated plan for the expansion of 84 Lumber at their location off Route 26.

Commissioners were told on June 20 that a recent on-site inspection of the...

Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 8:00pm

Delmarva Power appeals energy decision

Delmarva Power filed an appeal in Sussex County Superior Court on Wednesday, challenging the state’s decision to direct the power company to negotiate with several would-be energy providers, including BlueWater Wind, which has proposed to build...

Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 8:00pm

UD county growth workshop slated for Thursday

University of Delaware officials will be holding a workshop on Thursday, June 28, to discuss Sussex County growth and its impacts. The workshop is an extension of the Coastal Community Enhancement Initiative, a teaming of three of the university’...

Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 8:00pm

Budget in front of council on Tuesday

The public will have its first, and likely last, chance to comment on Sussex County’s $142 million budgetary plan for the 2008 fiscal year at 10 a.m. on Tuesday in county council chambers in Georgetown. Council will consider adopting the budget...

Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 8:00pm

Consultants recommend expansion for county

With space at the Sussex County administrative building and other county complexes becoming increasingly elbow-to-elbow, council members in January asked consultants at Studio J to look into the county government’s space needs — now and a modest...

Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 8:00pm

Phillips introduces density-for-dollars

Sussex County Councilman Vance Phillips (R-4th) introduced a long-awaited ordinance Tuesday that would allow county officials to trade density requirements in multi-family development plans on agricultural and sensitive county land for money....

Friday, May 4, 2007 - 7:48am

Dover legislators discuss fees to aid schools

Sussex County Council would have the power to charge developers a fee to help pay for new schools if legislators in Dover approve a state bill introduced last week. House Bill 118 is enabling legislation that would allow county officials to...

Friday, April 13, 2007 - 8:51am

Density trade addition discussed at county council meeting

Sussex County officials discussed an ordinance Tuesday that would allow developers of multi-family units to utilize an ordinance approved last April to exceed building density requirements by paying the county.

An ordinance already in...

Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 8:00pm

Planning meetings end, planning continues

Balancing Sussex County property owners’ rights with the state’s request to protect sensitive land will be one of the biggest challenges for the authors of this year’s land-use plan update.

This week, after they wrapped up a series of...

Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 7:00pm

County required by plan to protect land

Sussex County officials currently updating the county’s growth plan will likely look to protect thousands of acres of county land by imposing restrictions on development there.
State maps drawn in September identified more than 38,000 acres...

Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 7:00pm

Need for Millville election unclear

Whether Millville will have a general election this year remained unclear this week, as the filing deadline for town council candidacy — today, Friday, Feb. 2 — loomed. But there will be voting in the town on March 3, regardless, with a...

Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 7:00pm

County Planning coming to Selbyville

County officials will continue their tour throughout Sussex with a stop Tuesday at Selbyville Fire Hall for a 6 p.m. meeting to discuss future county growth and the pending comprehensive plan update. The state-mandated plan serves as a guiding...

Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 7:00pm

Opposition mobilizes to billboard, again

As the heart of winter hits the area, many residents of the area around the Little Assawoman Bay look out their windows on the natural surroundings and enjoy this quiet time at the shore.

Coastal Point • FILE PHOTO:
A proposal to...

Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 7:00pm

Bethany dealing with election reforms

Dealing with changes to how state election law handles absentee ballot requirements was one of the top items on the agenda for Bethany Beach’s Charter and Ordinance Review Committee (CORC) at their Jan. 18 meeting. But action on the issue was put...

Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 7:00pm

Comp plan work expands to county concerns

Bethany Beach’s Planning Commission had on its agenda for Jan. 20 some early preparation for an annual update of the town’s comprehensive plan. However, much of the discussion at the Saturday-morning meeting focused not just on the town’s future...

Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 7:00pm

Comp plan work expands to county concerns

Bethany Beach’s Planning Commission had on its agenda for Jan. 20 some early preparation for an annual update of the town’s comprehensive plan. However, much of the discussion at the Saturday-morning meeting focused not just on the town’s future...

Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 7:00pm

Webb: Transfer taxes down, but not worrisome

Sussex County is on pace to receive about 20 percent less real estate transfer tax revenues in the 2007 fiscal year than it did in the 2006 fiscal year, in another reflection of a slumping real estate market in the area.

The $35.3 million...

Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 7:00pm

Billboard request to be heard again

Many residents of Fenwick Island and its nearby communities have been awaiting — and dreading — the day when Anthony Crivella might again request the Sussex County Board of Adjustments grant him a special exception for a billboard on his property...

Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 7:00pm

County talking change to law enforcement grants

Sussex County officials discussed on Tuesday reconsidering the way they allocate annual local law enforcement grants. The county provides identical $25,000 to each municipal law enforcement agency in Sussex for capital purchases each year but...

Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 7:00pm

Woodlands of Pepper Creek inches closer to development

On Monday night, Jan. 22, the Dagsboro Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) recommended to the town council approval of the final site plan for the Woodlands of Pepper’s Creek, a community consisting of 48 twin-homes just off Main Street....

Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 7:00pm

County council considering digitization

Sussex County Council is considering going digital. Eddie Sparpaglione, the county’s director of information systems, presented the five-man council with a $20,000 plan Tuesday to install five touch-screen computers at the council desk to provide...

Thursday, December 21, 2006 - 7:00pm

Higher density approved for Lakelyns

Ignoring Planning and Zoning Commission recommendations and instead accepting higher density, Sussex County Council members this week voted 4-1 to rezone more than 70 acres of AR-1 land south of Millville to GR-RPC for The Lakelyns, a proposed...

Thursday, December 7, 2006 - 7:00pm

County nearing end of state police deal

Sussex County Council presented the Delaware State Police with a ceremonial $1.4 million check Tuesday in the final annual extension of the decade-old partnership.

In the mid-1990s — according to county officials — the council and state...

Thursday, November 30, 2006 - 7:00pm

New sheriff in town

Possibly capitalizing on months — if not years — of dispute surrounding the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office and its duties, Democrat Eric Swanson unseated eight-year Sheriff Robert Reed on Tuesday, winning more than 53 percent of the vote.


Thursday, November 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

County greets new state planner

Sussex County Council welcomed new state planner Bryan Hall (circuit-rider for Sussex) at the Oct. 31 council meeting, and Council Member George Cole (4th District) took the opportunity to press a little responsibility on Hall and the Office of...

Thursday, November 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

County council members debate sewer expansion

Sussex County engineering department officials unveiled a study this week, recommending that the county enhance sewage capacity along the northern Inland Bays and extend the area slated for central sewage there.

The plan, according to...

Thursday, October 26, 2006 - 8:00pm

Stickels leaving after 18 years

A week from today, Sussex County Administrator Bob Stickels will pack the pictures that decorate his office walls, load paperwork into boxes and grab the two signed baseballs that have sat on the front of his desk in the county’s Georgetown...

Thursday, October 19, 2006 - 8:00pm

Students aim to predict election outcomes

Sussex County students will again have a chance to receive scholarship monies by predicting the outcome of federal, state and local elections. County Council voted on Tuesday for the fourth time this decade to approve its Election Year...

Thursday, September 28, 2006 - 8:00pm

Traffic issues a major concern with project

In a letter written by South Bethany residents Richard and Bonnie Kemske and addressed to Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission, the pair urged the county to deny approval of The Estuary subdivision partly because it will “overload the...

Thursday, August 31, 2006 - 8:00pm

Commissioners wait on Estuary decision

When asked, only two people raised their hands Thursday night in support. Some 33 people then confirmed their opposition to the plan to subdivide 742 acres into 1,060 lots off of Camp Barnes and Double Bridges roads, near the Assawoman Wildlife...

Thursday, August 31, 2006 - 8:00pm

County police debate to continue

Sussex County Sheriff Robert Reed recently said it’s not something he is “worried about right now.” And Eric Swanson, a former State Police official and Reed’s Democratic challenger in this year’s election, said that it will be left up to the...

Thursday, August 24, 2006 - 8:00pm

Estuary unveils state/county disconnect

Though there is local opposition to the proposed Estuary development off Double Bridges Road near South Bethany, the area is clearly marked for development in Sussex County’s land-use plan, as a portion of the Environmentally Sensitive Developing...

Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm