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Vote on Osprey Point Development Deferred

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Osprey Point would be located off of Old Landing Road in the Rehoboth Beach area (Source: WBOC) Osprey Point would be located off of Old Landing Road in the Rehoboth Beach area (Source: WBOC)

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. -  The Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission was expected to make a recommendation on a controversial development Thursday night. However, it deferred a vote, almost two years after an application was originally filed, on a downsized version of the Osprey Point housing development in Rehoboth Beach. 

The property owner, Robert Marshall, is looking to transform about 127 acres of land from a golf course to a housing development, with 217 single family homes. This is a change from the 2014 plans, which called for 339 homes, including 159 single-family lots and 180 townhouses. This change would decrease the gross density from 2.7 lots per acre to to 1.7 lots per acre. 

Despite the downsizing, many neighbors still remain in opposition, sending in dozens of letters to the Planning and Zoning Commission. Bill Dunne, a neighbor and the lead attorney for the opposition, said that their concerns center around traffic, public safety, and environmental flooding. 

"We’re not opposed to the fact that he’s building," said Dunne. "That’s not our opposition. The opposition is in regards to density and with regards to the concerns I’ve mentioned. Both the environmental and public safety. I mean those concerns are significant.”

Marshall would not offer a comment to WBOC, but his attorney Jim Fuqua said that the reduction was an adequate change. 

"As a result of the applicant's significant reduction in the number of residential units," he said. "And the roadway improvements that will be the applicant's responsibility, the traffic impact of the proposed development will be properly addressed." 

Neighbor Charlotte Reid said that the new plans do not address her concerns of flooding. 

"The golf course floods every time it rains," she said. "In Superstorm Sandy, I saw the water accumulating on the tree trunks across the street of my house up to about two-and-a-half feet.  And if it had gone probably to three feet, it would have breached Old Landing Road, and breached our property."

The next meeting on the Osprey Development will be held in two weeks at the Sussex County Administration building in Georgetown.

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