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New Development Approved in Lewes

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LEWES, De. - County Council cleared the way for the "Saddle Ridge" development to come to the Lewes area Tuesday morning. The new development was approved to have 81 single family detached homes, surrounding a waterway, a playground, and a picnic area. 

This new development is almost 40 acres large, and will host 81 homes, as recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission. The applicant Seaside Communities was initially requesting 115 of these units. Vance Phillips (R-District 5) motioned for a vote on keeping the development at that higher density, but this was denied by a vote of 3-2. 

Saddle Ridge will be located on the intersection of Route 24 and Tanglewood Drive in the Lewes area and is near a couple other developments, including Hart's Landing which is directly adjacent to the property. Currently, the land is being operated by the "Winswept Stable," and is full of horses.  

Nancy Phillips lives in Hart's Landing, and said she was disappointed to hear that the stable would be replaced. 

"Not too happy about it," she said. "We know you have to have progress. But there are so many homes and developments for sale. So we don't really want to see the horse farm go."

Dawn Beach, one of the owners of the property said that she was selling the property due to "personal reasons." 

"It's going to be developed unfortunately," she said as she sat on top of horse Tuesday afternoon. "But being the location of where it is, there's really no other option for it."

Councilman George Cole (R-District 4) said that the 81-unit development will be far less problematic than the 115 that was requested. That being said, he noted that the area is nearing "capacity." 

"Route 24 has some issues in terms of traffic," he said. "And to add density to an area that has those kind of problems is not appropriate." 

Beach told WBOC that the stable will be moving to a new location on Harmons Hill Road in Millsboro in May or June.  

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