Sussex County

South Bethany goes on attack with Estuary

More than three years after Sussex County Council denied the rezoning of a monstrous development — then named The Palisades — off Double Bridges Road in the “environmentally sensitive developing area” near the Assawoman Wildlife Refuge, the...

Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm

County starts station upgrade process

Sussex County Council voted on Tuesday to spend $82,227 to hire consultants and to pay for an outside company to design the mechanical rebuild of the 30-year-old Tingle Avenue wastewater pump station in Bethany Beach.

Steve Hudson, the...

Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm

Millivlle fire company to add substation

A Sussex County Council decision unanimously rendered Tuesday should allow for quicker response times for the Millville fire company. Council voted 5-0 after a public hearing Tuesday afternoon to grant a conditional use to the company, allowing...

Thursday, August 3, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany court can exceed MR density rules

Sussex County council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to zone six units on about 1.28 acres of land near Bethany, allowing Bethany Court LLC to exceed the maximum density set for a MR, Medium Density Residential District.

Bethany Republican George...

Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

County overturns Isaac Glenn decision

Sussex County Council on July 18 overturned a March 1 Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) decision regarding the Isaacs Glenn project, saying that if plans comply with county code, they must be approved.

Attorney William Manning...

Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Swanson files for sheriff spot

Eric Swanson, a former Delaware State Police official and criminal justice teacher, filed last week to run against Sheriff Robert Reed in November’s election. Reed has held the spot since 1998 and will seek re-election to his third term in...

Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Council passes fine, fee ordinances

Sussex County Council voted to approve a pair of ordinances Tuesday morning, raising a set of fees and fines in about a half of an hour. The five-man council disagreed on raising the fee for building code violation appeals hearings but voted...

Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 8:00pm

Baker named new county administrator

Sussex County Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve county Finance Director and 28-year county employee Dave Baker as Bob Stickels’ successor as County Administrator.

Stickels, who has been the county’s administrative head for 18...

Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 8:00pm

County approves its 2007 budget

About a dozen representatives from local non-profit groups paraded in front of County Council and its crowded chambers on Tuesday to ask for their share of miscellaneous county funds in a nearly three-hour-long 2007-fiscal-year budget hearing....

Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 8:00pm

County to hear permit late-fee ordinance

Sussex County will hold a public hearing at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday to consider an ordinance that would make it more costly for builders to start construction without building permits from the county.

The ordinance would raise the fine from...

Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 8:00pm

Sussex County to hold budget hearing Tuesday

Sussex County will hold a public hearing at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, June 20, to consider the adoption of the $140 million 2007 fiscal-year budget presented to county council in late May.

The budget would increase sewage fees in most of the...

Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 8:00pm

County council hears Isaacs Glen appeal

Can government officials approve or deny proposed development plans based on general concerns or must they make such judgments based solely on code compliance? That question is now facing the five-member Sussex County Council.

Lawyers for...

Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 8:00pm

Permit fine ordinances introduced by county

Those who violate Sussex County code by building without permits may soon pay a larger fine for doing so. Sussex County Council introduced an ordinance at its Tuesday meeting that would make builders pay a fine identical to the building permit...

Thursday, June 8, 2006 - 8:00pm

Sussex County announces budgetary plan

Increasing sewage fees, a group of retiring department heads and skyrocketing energy prices were the primary focus of the Bob Stickels-led Sussex County budget presentation on Tuesday.

Retiring County Administrator Stickels and other...

Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 8:00pm

CBS explains vision for Sussex County

Delaware was “the First State,” incorporated into the new Union on Dec. 7, 1787. But to this day, some Americans probably couldn’t tell where that first state is located. Delaware may fly under the radar for most people, but its business-friendly...

Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 8:00pm

County prepares for arrival of Smith’s shallop

Capt. John Smith and friends sailed their 30-foot “shallop” (single-mast skiff) into Sussex County waters just shy of 400 years ago, all the way up the Nanticoke River to what is now Phillip’s Landing in Seaford.

Smith’s group would...

Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 8:00pm

County council pushes for sign enforcement

It wasn’t on the agenda, but Sussex County Council Member George Cole came out strong for enforcement of the county’s sign laws, at the May 9 council meeting (under additional business).

Cole was particularly concerned with what he...

Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 8:00pm

Sussex brokers $3M agricultural easement purchase

Sussex County Council approved a major agricultural lands preservation deal at the May 2 council meeting, by a 4-1 vote (Council Member George Cole opposed).

Council voted to pool $650,000 in county funds — $300,000 already earmarked for...

Thursday, May 4, 2006 - 8:00pm

County aggregates for lower electric rates

Sussex County Council authorized staff to move forward with a Memorandum of Agreement between the state, Kent and New Castle counties, and various cities and school districts, in pursuit of an aggregated bid for electricity, at the May 2 council...

Thursday, May 4, 2006 - 8:00pm

DNREC offers land protection suggestions

“Open Spaces & Natural Places” — Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) staffers held a public workshop on the topic in Georgetown on April 26, sharing recommendations on how much to protect, and where.


Thursday, May 4, 2006 - 8:00pm

County council adopts Cluster Density Trade

At the April 4 council meeting, Sussex County Council voted 4-1 (Council Member George Cole opposed) to approve a bonus-density-for-cash program, which would serve as a funding mechanism for open-space preservation,

Just where, and how...

Thursday, April 6, 2006 - 8:00pm

County seeking moderately-priced projects

It's been a few months since Sussex County Council approved the Moderately-Priced Housing Unit (MPHU) program, but with the deadline for the first round fast approaching, the county is reminding developers that they’ll need to submit their...

Thursday, March 30, 2006 - 7:00pm

County considers hard line on permits

Sussex County Council members will soon consider a pair of ordinances targeting scofflaw builders, following a presentation at the March 21 council meeting.

Newcomer Hal Godwin (administrative assistant), in his first appearance before...

Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Sussex County Council reviews audit report

Sussex County Council reviewed audited numbers for the 2005 Fiscal Year, and County Administrator Robert Stickels took the opportunity to project a sober economic outlook, at the Feb. 28 council meeting.

Finance Director David Baker and...

Thursday, March 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

County council to consider dredging of Nanticoke River

Feb. 7 was a big day for Sussex County’s economic development office, as director Steve Masten petitioned council for help in finding a site to accommodate spoils from a proposed dredging project on the Nanticoke River.

Barge traffic...

Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Sussex considers cluster density trade

Sussex County Council members returned to “cluster density trade” talks on Feb. 14, and offered the public a chance to weigh in at the St. Valentine’s Day council meeting.
Actually, it was St. Valentine’s Night, and even the council members...

Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

County ends clustering moratorium

Sussex County Council unanimously adopted an amendment to the Cluster Development Ordinance at the Jan. 31 council meeting, closing a bonus-density loophole and thereby deactivating the county’s recent moratorium on new applications for clustered...

Thursday, February 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

County readies for groundwater regs

A new set of groundwater protection regulations came before Sussex County Council members at the Jan. 24 council meeting — they’re state-mandated, but the council will have the opportunity to fine-tune the regulations.

The county won’t be...

Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 7:00pm

County considers three local projects

Sussex County Council members approved two local entrepreneurs and a developer at a Baltimore Hundred-heavy council meeting, Jan. 10.

They granted conditional-use requests for Timothy and Vickie O’Hare, for a wood shop, and Ed Chiasson,...

Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 7:00pm

Council favors two-lane Streetscape plan

If the predominant message of those commenting at the Dec. 10 special meeting regarding Bethany Beach’s proposed Streetscape plan for Garfield Parkway was, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” council members didn’t agree that things weren’t broken...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

County council shuffles parking ordinances

Sussex County Council did a good impression of the Delaware General Assembly on Dec. 13, loading five public hearings into the long, late-night, last council meeting of the year.
Parking-related ordinances crowded the agenda (pushing land...

Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 7:00pm

County introduces new clustering amendment

Sussex County Council members spent most of the Dec. 13 council meeting wrangling with parking, but they did cover some land use issues, too. The county has set a moratorium on new clustered subdivisions, and Council Member Vance Phillips...

Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 7:00pm

County P&Z defers decision for eagles

Bald eagles threw a monkey-wrench into the works of an eight-lot subdivision planned for Bunting Road west of Dagsboro, near Pepper Creek and Piney Creek, when it came up for review by the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z)...

Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 7:00pm

County eyes possible changes to clusters

There seems a consensus on Sussex County Council that the Cluster Development Ordinance (enacted August 2004) may have a few loopholes that need closing. Council enacted a moratorium on new cluster developments last week and continued the...

Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 7:00pm

County pauses to amend clustering

About a month ago, Sussex County Council members started considering some changes to the cluster subdivision ordinance (enacted in August of 2004), and got right back on it after the Thanksgiving break.

They still haven’t settled on just...

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 7:00pm

County P&Z recommends parking changes

The Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) recommended approval of several ordinance changes at its Nov. 17 meeting, including some potentially contentious parking requirement changes. But the commissioners were split on the most...

Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

County studies land trust model

Affordable- to moderately-priced housing once again topped the agenda of the Sussex County Council, at the Nov. 15 meeting.

Members of the Diamond State Community Land Trust (CLT) brought a model for Sussex and Kent counties before Sussex...

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

County takes input on appeals process

As it stands, only one party has the right to appeal county Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission denials on a major subdivision — the aggrieved applicants. Within county government, anyway, average citizens who feel aggrieved — by an approval...

Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

County considers revisions to clustering

Clustered subdivisions not all Sussex County Council had originally anticipated?

Council Member George Cole broached the question in a formal manner at the Nov. 8 council meeting, asking County Attorney James Griffin to draft an ordinance...

Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

State updates clear zone legislation

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is cracking down on illegal signs placed in the medians and rights-of-way of the state’s roads under a revised version of the existing “Clear Zone” law.

DelDOT Secretary Nathan Hayward III...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

County approves sewer for Millville-area development

Members of the Sussex County Council unanimously approved provision of sanitary sewer for an 89-lot residential subdivision called White Creek Landing at their Nov. 1 meeting, after preliminary approvals in mid-July and Aug. 1, and on the...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

County codifies 911 addressing

Emergency responders turned out in force for the Oct. 25 Sussex County Council meeting, voicing strong support for an ordinance that will require county residents to post their new 911 addresses within the next year and a half.


Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

County council funds soil conservation

Ditches may overflow after 6 or 7 inches of rain, no matter how good a job the Sussex Conservation District is doing. But as of the Oct. 18 Sussex County Council meeting, the conservation staff has some bankroll to match contributions from the...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

County holds off on housing issue

By all accounts, the committee studying a moderately-priced housing initiative has taken a major step in the right direction, but Sussex County Council reached consensus at the Oct. 11 council meeting that the program still needs work.


Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:00pm

DelDOT talks Inlet Bridge redesign

The Indian River Inlet Bridge is safe, for now. And, devastating impact on local economies notwithstanding, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) will certainly close it down if that ever changes.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:...

Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:00pm

County introduces parking ordinances

Sussex County Council introduced four ordinances, all related to parking, at the Oct. 4 council meeting, and while they won’t reappear on the agenda until Nov. 17 (at county Planning and Zoning), Council Member George Cole made clear he’d...

Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 8:00pm

DelDOT reviews inlet bridge design

Roadwork continues around the Indian River Inlet Bridge, but the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is taking another look at designs for the bridge itself. Anticipating the single bid the department had received would prove much more...

Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 8:00pm

County denies massive project

Sussex County Council President Finley Jones pegged it as the biggest project to appear before council since Americana Bayside, back in early 2001. Supporters waited in suspense as the Isaacs Glen project — nearly 1,600 townhouses and assisted...

Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:00pm

County proceeds on Western Sussex study

Sussex County Council discussed a potential $500,000 contract for a Western Sussex sewer study at the Sept. 20 council meeting — specifically, the feasibility of a regional wastewater treatment facility.

Assistant County Engineer Russ...

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 8:00pm

Second season arrives

September is here again, and residents around the Sussex coast can again collectively exhale, having survived the stress of another summer season. More and more so every year, however, locals are likely taking another deep breath at the end of...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm