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Planning Commission Votes to Recommend Approval for Osprey Point Development

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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 on Thursday evening unanimously voted to recommend approval on a controversial housing development. Three commissioners approved the proposal, two years after an application was originally filed on a downsized version of the Osprey Point housing development in Rehoboth Beach. Two commissioners did not vote.

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 don't have a problem with the developer developing the area. That's not our concern. It's just that it needs to be reasonable, and well thought out, and we believe at this point it's not quite there yet," he said.

Dunn was at the Planning and Zoning meeting Thursday and said the developers didn't really address their concerns, merely proposed the smaller amount of homes that would be developed on the land. 

With P&Z's recommendation for approval, the proposed plan now goes to the Sussex County Council.
 

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