Ocean View approves Route 26 townhouse development

The Ocean View Board of Adjustment on June 19 held a public hearing regarding an application submitted by the Evergreene Companies, eventually approving their request for a special exception to constrict 16 townhouses on property located at 28 Atlantic Avenue. The townhomes would be constructed on three parcels of land, to be combined as one, zoned in General Business District 1.

Josh Mastrangelo of the Evergreene Companies told the board that the design was meant to keep the development a lower-intensity residential area, in keeping with the aesthetic of the town.

Carlton Savage of Pennoni Associates said the developers planned to use the parcels’ natural grass sources for drainage but will keep an additional portion of land available for additional stormwater drainage, if needed.

BoA Chairman Tom Silvia asked what the parking would be like in the development. Mastrangelo said that each townhome would have a one-car garage and two additional parking spaces in the front driveway.

Savage added that there has been a wetland scientist on-site to survey the properties, and the preliminary report showed there are no wetlands there. However, it was noted that, at the time of the June 19 meeting, the Town had yet to receive a report regarding any possible wetlands.

Resident Brian Gobell, who lives in a neighboring community bordering where the proposed townhomes would be constructed, asked what the landscape buffer around the properties would be like. Gobell was told that the current plans show tree-line landscaping around the portion of the properties that is in the southwest section.

The Board approved the special exception to construct the 16 townhomes, with a vote of 5-0 and the stipulation that the three parcels must be combined into one.

The Ocean View Planning & Zoning Commission also met on June 19, to hold a public hearing on an ordinance to amend §140-42-C (5) and (6) of the Land Use & Development Chapter (L.U.D.C.) of the Town Code, and unanimously voted, 5-0, to recommend the amendment to the town council.

The amendment proposes to revise the hours of alcoholic beverage service and consumption in restaurants, to be identical to that set by Delaware state law. Those who are licensed with the Office of the Delaware Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner to sell alcoholic beverages may do so from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m., seven days a week.

In the current town code, a restaurant may not serve or have alcohol consumed on the premises between the hours of 11:30 p.m. and 9 a.m. The new code would add 90 minutes each night when alcohol could legally be served and consumed in the town.

“This would mirror restaurants to be identical to that set by Delaware law,” explained Town Solicitor Dennis Schrader of the proposed amendment. With the P&Z recommendation, the proposed change in town code will go to the town council for a vote.