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County Council Holds Public Hearing on Warrington Road Project

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Chopper 16 provides overhead view of proposed Warrington development project. (Source: WBOC) Chopper 16 provides overhead view of proposed Warrington development project. (Source: WBOC)

GEORGETOWN, Del. - A couple dozen people came to the Sussex County administration building in Georgetown on Tuesday, in order to show their opposition to a proposed housing development along Warrington Road near Rehoboth Beach. 

The development, tentatively called "Arbor-Lyn," would include 202 units over a 35-acre plot of land. The developer, Lockwood Design and Construction, proposed 60 single family homes, 82 townhouses, and 60 condominiums, for the wooded area. 

The site is nuzzled between Warrington Road, the Beebe Medical Center on Route 24, and three adjacent housing developments - The Estates at Sea Chase, Sea Chase, and Sterling Crossing. 

At the hearing, neighbors from all three of the adjacent developments voiced their opposition, just as they've done over the last month. That included Rich Mihelcic, from Sea Chase. 

"This traffic situation is horrific," he said. "It's bad everywhere, but it's especially bad in this little area. And to say that we're going to have hundreds of homes put in there. It makes it extremely problematic." 

Mihelcic said there were also concerns with the loss of environmental land, and growth in density in the area. However, the developer's attorney Gene Bayard, said that the location was perfect for the development. Bayard said that this was an "infill" situation, because the site is surrounded by other developments of a similar density. On top of that, he said that the site is in a designated growth area.

"Look at the 2008 Comprehensive Plan," he said. "Look at the future land-use map in the plan. This is where growth is supposed to occur."

The Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission has still not voted on a recommendation to the Sussex County Council. Chairman Bob Wheatley said it is likely that a vote will be taken at Thursday's meeting. 

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