Millville gives the go-ahead to project

Millville Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve the final site plan for the 402-unit Dove Landing project.

The development will consist of 140 single-family homes, 142 townhomes and 120 condominiums, spread out over approximately 95 acres on the east side of Route 26, adjacent to Burbage Road and Route 17. Steve Marsh, an engineer with George, Miles & Buhr, told council members that the project will include 11 acres of ponds and 21.5 acres of recreation space, with 35 percent of the property being open space.

Since initial site plans were presented to Millville Town Council on Sept. 28, 2004, Dove Barrington Development LLC has been working with town officials to reach a satisfactory plan for both sides. The result was a quick, unanimous vote to approve the final site plans. Language conflicts apparently persist, to some degree, with the final contract, but both sides stated that they are in agreement on the issues, the issues are minor and they should be resolved quickly.

Before council members voted, Millville Mayor Donald Minyon wanted to make one thing clear. “Remember that we have 90 days to recall the site plan if it does get passed tonight,” he said. That comment was met with no resistance by the Dove Barrington representatives, and the vote came in quickly.

According to Dove Barrington officials, construction crews would bring in equipment and travel to and from the development via Route 17. There had been some concern among residents that the access would be from Burbage Road, which could cause a strain on residents of that area. Dove Barrington representatives also stated emphatically that they would be monitoring dust kicking around during construction, and would follow town ordinances regarding allowed hours of construction.

Dove Barrington officials also said they would be filing paperwork immediately with DelDOT, DNREC and other state and county agencies for the project, but would hold off on actual construction until the housing economy improves.

Also discussed during the meeting:

• Minyon announced that Betsey Christian was hired to be a part-time financial administrator for the town. Christian was in attendance, and said she was “very excited about serving the town.”

• Town Manager Debbie Botchie said that early returns on the new agreement between the town and state police were encouraging. In the last month, Delaware State Police in Millville made 12 traffic arrests and one DUI arrest, and responded to one domestic violence report. She also said that state police would be on duty in Millville the entire week between Christmas and New Year’s, to deal with the increased traffic in town that week.

• Because of the coming holidays, the council will hold another meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 4 p.m. Millville Town Hall will be closed on Dec. 24 and 25.