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Highland Heights Proposal Passes for Lewes' "4th Street Forest"

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Plot of land is referred to as the 4th Street Forest by those that live in the area. (SOURCE: WBOC) Plot of land is referred to as the 4th Street Forest by those that live in the area. (SOURCE: WBOC)

LEWES, Del. - Large crowds were at Tuesday night's Lewes City Council meeting as a decision was made on the controversial Highland Heights housing development. 

In a 4-1 vote, the Lewes City Council passed the developer's proposal to build 34 single-family homes on the 18-acres of wooded area, referred to as "The 4th Street Forest."

The approval came with several conditions. 

Here's some of the big ones:
There will be a walkway built from Highland Heights to Highland Acres.
The developers must give the city $10,000 toward planting trees in other parts of the town.
There will be certain regulations placed on the style of the houses that will be built.

The council decision follows a January vote by the Lewes Planning Commission to recommend denial of the project, due to concerns with "connectivity" and the loss of trees. That decision came down to a vote of 6-3.

A group of neighbors from the area have been vocal in opposition to the plan for years, forming a group called Save a Lewes Legacy. Carolyn Jones has been one of the leaders of the group. 

This story is still developing.
 

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