Hearings begin on campground, cottage, amusement facility

A proposal to build a campground, multi-family dwellings and an outdoor amusement facility on 38.5 acres on Cedar Neck Road near Ocean View was set to be the subject of three public hearings this week, on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m. before the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission.

The Castaways facility, to be located across from Sandy Cove Road, would require two separate rezoning approvals and a conditional-use approval.

The zoning hearings this week will be on the proposed changes of portions of the property from MR-Medium Density Residential District to AR-1 Agricultural-Residential District and others from MR to CR-1 Commercial-Residential District. The conditional use application requests approval for the multi-family dwelling structures, campground and outdoor amusement facility on the property.

A preliminary sketch plan filed in March 2012 with the Delaware Office of State Planning as part of a Preliminary Land Use Service (PLUS) application lists the intended use for the property as 140 RV sites, 76 cottages and a semi-private waterslide park/swimming facility.

Applicants cited an estimated net increase in traffic on the road, resulting from the new facility, as 159 trips — a figure they arrived at “by comparing the existing approved land uses to the proposed land uses as described in this application.”

Some residents have already expressed opposition of the change of zone and conditional use of the 38.5 acres.

“There is a time and place for everything, and Cedar Neck Road is simply not the right place for the 38-acre complex proposed by Land Tech Land Planning LLC, which will be heard by the Sussex County Council this month,” wrote Donald and Beth Mittica of Ocean View this week in a letter to the editor of the Coastal Point.

They cited a number of concerns, including traffic, noise, security and a negative impact on property values. In addition, several other nearby landowners have sent emails suggesting that opponents attend the hearings in Georgetown to personally express their opposition, specifically citing traffic impacts.

Calls to applicants Castaways Bethany LLC were forwarded to their land planner, Jeff Clark with Land Tech Land Planning LLC in Ocean View. Clark offered that he “encouraged interested parties to attend one or both scheduled public hearings to learn what is proposed by the applicant.”

The Planning and Zoning Commission was set to meet to hear the applications on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m., after Coastal Point press time. Their meetings are also archived and can be heard as a recording online at a later date via the Sussex County Web site.

For such applications, Sussex County Planning & Zoning makes a recommendation to the Sussex County Council, which has the final say on such requests and will hold public hearings of their own at a later date before voting on the applications.