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Public Hearing Held for Non-Conforming Mobile Homes in Lewes

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The Abbott Park community on South Washington Avenue in Lewes, Del. (Photo: WBOC) The Abbott Park community on South Washington Avenue in Lewes, Del. (Photo: WBOC)
LEWES, Del. - The Lewes City Council held a public hearing Tuesday night to hear opinions regarding non-conforming mobile homes.

Mobile homes technically are not allowed in Lewes, but the Abbott Park community on South Washington Avenue was built before this zoning law went into effect. However, since the mobile home neighborhood is non-conforming, the residents, who co-op the land, are unable to get permits to perform construction or renovations on their property.

Carolyn Rash has lived in her mobile home in Abbott Park for five years now, and has been very active in getting their issue to the public. She is one of 19 residents trying to get the council to rewrite an ordinance to give them a special-use exemption.

"We want help to be able to do maintenance, and get permits for new construction and permits for additions," she explained.

The residents finally got a lawyer after a few years of trying, and Tuesday's public hearing was the next big step. There was standing room only and a power point presentation was shown to highlight what the residents are interested in doing. 

Some Abbott Park residents want to stick build or add porches to their homes, others want to update their mobile homes, while others want to do nothing at all. 

However, there were a few people who stood up at the hearing in opposition to the four points the Abbott Park residents requested.

Thomas Penetta, who lives in a house on South Washington Avenue, is not entirely happy about the expansion of the neighborhood. He spoke with WBOC before the meeting.

"The proposed ordinance is going to allow them to put in one and half story homes verses just the current one story trailers," he explained. "That's fine as lothey'retheyre set back from the property line just like current residences were required to be otherwise you're gonna have one and  half story homes built four foot from the property linthat's thats gonna encroach upon space of neighbors."

The next step is for the council to review the options and potentially present a solution in November.



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