Ocean View approves pair of projects


Ocean View officials gave approval to two projects at meetings of the town’s Board of Adjustments and Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday, Oct. 18.

Work had already gotten under way for construction of three custom storage sheds at the Bear Trap Dunes clubhouse at 7 Clubhouse Drive, but Building Official Charles McMullen had asked for that work to cease until Bear Trap could get permission from the Board of Adjustments to allow the new sheds.

The structures are planned to replace three existing storage units rented from the Pods company that have been used to store an overflow of dry goods and chairs for the busy restaurant and catering facility at the clubhouse. They would sit in the same location to the rear and side of the facility, and are being designed to fit that area.

Two of the units would be 10 by 14 feet, one 24 feet by 12 feet, the tallest of the three reaching 8 feet, 11 inches in height. That would come just shy of the height of a planned fence designed to shield them from view.

The sheds are planned to be set on an existing concrete slab foundation and the existing Dumpster is set to be moved closer to the building once room is cleared by the custom construction of the new sheds.

Board members on Oct. 18 requested that Bear Trap move immediately to add a fence to shield the delivery, Dumpster and storage area from the street, which has been their practice in the past for such storage. That had been anticipated as a likely happening in the future, but the board’s request was for a screening gate to be added as part of the project’s current construction.

There were no objections from the public to the request last Thursday, and commissioners unanimously approved the application for a variance.

Planners approve porch encroachment

Ocean View planning commissioners also unanimously approved on Oct. 18 the application of builder Gerald Schaeffer on behalf of the Krebs family for a screened porch and open deck on their property in the Wedgefield development.

The approval required the town to approve waiver on an existing 40-foot right-of-way taken by the Delaware Department of Transportation across several lots in the development that back up to Windmill Lane, which was intended to allow room for future local road improvements related to the planned improvement of Route 26.

DelDOT officials had approved encroachment on that right-of-way by 5 feet for the porch, and McMullen noted that most other lots in Wedgefield have only a 10-foot rear setback. The development’s homeowners association had also approved of the change, provided the town granted approval.

There were no public objections to the project and it was granted unanimous approval on Oct. 18.