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Councilwoman Deaver: "We Need a Plan"

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LEWES, Del. - In Lewes, Sussex County Councilwoman Joan Deaver said something needs to be done to address the string of commercial lots popping up throughout the county. While the growth is evident throughout the county, she said she has received countless calls from her constituents saying this growth has been problematic in that region. 

Deaver said many of these residents bought their home when they were surrounded by agricultural or residential homes. Now she said many are surrounded by large developments or commercial lots instead. 

She said in her opinion, the council cannot fight this development, but instead they must adapt to it. 

"We need a plan," she said. 

Deaver said the county should designate different areas of the county as commercial zones, so that future residents will know what to expect when buying a home there. She also said that the county must build up the infrastructure, so that the region can handle the growth. 

Joe Mathews lives in Lewes, and said he's noticed the change. 

"25 years ago you were looking at basically corn fields," he said. "And basically there were six people that lived on Gils Neck Road. 

Now his neighborhood on Gils Neck Roads has a handful of developments, and hundreds of people. Nancy Carter of Lewes said these developments represent progress and growth. 

"The sale of homes - they're picking up again," she said. "And it's just great." 

But others like Tom Downs, also of Lewes, said Sussex County must hang on to its agricultural roots. 

"How far can you expand and expand and expand," he said. "Until what's part of our culture down here as far as open space and farmland - until you lose it all."

This issue of over-development expands far beyond just the Lewes area. Councilman George Cole who covers the Rehoboth-Bethany area tells WBOC that parts of the county are simply at "capacity." 

Cole requested that the county conducts a "Carry Capacity Study," which will be discussed by the council early this fall. 

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