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Over Development Debated On Housing Project

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REHOBOTH BEACH, De. - How much development is too much development? That's the question begin asked in Rehoboth Beach, in the Old Landing Road area. 

On Thursday, Planning and Zoning will hold their first public hearing on the Osprey Point development. The developer, Robert Marshall is looking to build 170 single-family homes, as well as 180 townhouses, but has received some resistance from many neighbors. 

Many neighbors tell WBOC they are worried about environmental damage, and over-congestion. In particular, many said that traffic would be a problem, if 350 new homes came to the area.

"There's the environmental impact of the land," said Ed Rynex, a nearby neighbor and resident of the Meadows Development. "As it relates to the bay which is just a half-mile down the road. The amount of traffic too. Hundreds of more cars, pollution, and people." 

The nearly 127 acre lot would be located off of Old Landing Road, in the area of Clubhouse Drive. In the time leading up to the public hearing, dozens of people have sent in letters in opposition to the Planning and Zoning Office. 

"If this was a population contest - obviously we wouldn't win," said the developer's attorney, James Fuqua. "But it's not a popularity contest." 

Fuqua said that the proposal was ultimately about whether it followed the land-use regulations, and he said that it does. 

"This application complies with and conforms to all the applicable land-use regulations..." he said. 

"We have laws," he said later. "It's about the rule of law."

Other neighbors like John Stuart said they were concerned as well.

"Traffic," he said when asked the biggest problem. "You've got one way in. And one way out. That's it."

Stuart said he was particularly worried about caring for the elderly population at the development. 

"If you have to get a fire truck down here," he said. "If you had to get an ambulance. It's going to delay ambulance response time for us."

Marshall did not offer a comment, saying that he hoped to express his opinions at the public hearing instead. 
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