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The small town of Cheswold in Delaware is bracing for a stormy meeting tonight over an annexation plan that has angered Kent County residents.

One parcel includes Noble’s Pond retirement community.

The residents there are objecting to a separate piece of farmland that has been rezoned for a number of uses including town homes and commercial retail.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that residents say they were never told about the annexation plans.

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The town of Newark has been stalling the approval a residential development complete with parking garage on the parking lot behind the Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant Building in the downtown area.

That’s according to a lawsuit against the city by the owners of the building who say that they have been struggling with the city since August of 2011 over the parking lot requirements.

The city says that the waiver it gave to the developers for the parking lot connected to the Restaurant does not apply to the planned 12-unit, four-story apartment building.

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The developer that brought downtown Salisbury Headquarters Live and the Brick Room is looking at buying up two of the city’s parking lots in the area.

Devreco is a local developer and has put out a bid for lots 1 and 11 which stand between Circle Avenue and Downtown Plaza.

Currently they offer two hour parking.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that they handed in a proposal and are now negotiating with the city on issues ranging from the purchase price to when construction must begin.

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Developers of the Middletown Sports Complex acceded to worries by local residents who were concerned about night time lights and traffic congestion.

The new plan will not include lights for the fields for traveling teams and tournament play.

In addition, the developer eliminated a third entrance directly across from the housing development known as The Estates at Saint Anne’s.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the changes in the 170-acre facility were done in response to the concerns expressed by local residents.

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The Delaware Sports Complex which has some nearby residents concerned is set to come up before a council meeting in Middletown.

During today’s meeting the council will look at a conditional use permit request along with preliminary approval of the development plan.

The city owns the 170-acre lot which is zoned for agricultural use.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that local residents say traffic congestion and noise during the evening would impact a nearby housing development of The Estates at Saint Anne’s on the southwest of the city.

 

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - In an effort to better avoid conflicts of interest, Virginia Beach has revamped a disclosure form used to shed light on transactions involving developers, bankers and contractors.

The Virginian-Pilot reports the change comes in the wake of state and federal probes.

Applicants for a wide variety of items, including rezoning requests, must complete the disclosure. The updated document is now twice as long as the previous version and asks for more details.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers have introduced a bill aimed at strengthening accountability within the Delaware Economic Development Office.

The legislation introduced this week conforms with the recommendation of a legislative review committee that the cabinet agency be required to develop a comprehensive state plan for economic development every five years, and to submit annual reports detailing its objectives and strategies. The office also would have to hold public meetings to accept input on its plan.

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Sussex County could be seeing yet another development that would turn around 50 acres of land into 120 single-family homes along with 44 townhouses.

The property has been owned by the Protestant Episcopal Church of Delaware in Ocean View.

A hearing was held last night by the Planning and Zoning Commission to review the project.  

The project is located near the Ocean Way Estates and the Ocean View Beach Club.

WBOC reports that there was some concern last night by neighbors who fear the loss of the countryside flavor of the area.

 

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Plans for the Overbook Town Center are back before Sussex County government officials.

The 114-acre commercial development proposal was withdrawn during the election season but resubmitted for a zoning change late last month.

Developer Louis De Bitonto told the Wilmington News Journal that the project had become tangled up in the upcoming political election.

TD Rehoboth’s plan would build a shopping center on the east side of Highway One north of Lewes.

It would be located on Cave Neck Road near Milton.

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Dewey Beach says it may give up its right to 3-thousand square feet of space in the Lighthouse Cove project.

Under a proposed amendment to the agreement with the developers the city would give it up in exchange for $360-thousand.

It was supposed to have been used for office space.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Town Manager Marc Appelbaum says the town wants to keep its police and town hall in the same building.   

The money would have to be paid in full by the end of June in 2017 or by the expiration of the building permit whichever comes first.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware business and political leaders are gathering for a summit to discuss economic development initiatives and efforts to help small businesses compete for state procurement contracts.

Gov. Jack Markell and state economic development director Alan Levin will be among the participants at Tuesday's 2014 Delaware Small Business Summit in Dover.

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Michael Horsey, a member of a family that owns a multi-million dollar business, has decided to ask the courts to place the firm into receivership to protect its assets.

The 54 year-old Horsey of Laurel has accused his parents and two younger brothers of forcing him out of David G. Horsey & Sons Incorporated real estate-development enterprise.

He claims that his family has manipulated the businesses to enrich themselves at his expense resulting, he said, in mismanagement of the company once valued at $84 million.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate David Craig took a tour through Wicomico County yesterday, and Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with him to focus on some local issues ranging from the wind farm in Somerset County and environmental issues to economic development in the region.

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Delaware’s Chief Justice Leo Strine questioned the arguments by the owner of Barley Mill Plaza in Greenville that a lower court judge overreach in throwing out the project’s rezoning.

The lower court judge’s ruling voided the New Castle County’s 2011 vote to rezone nearly 40 percent of the 92-acre office park.

The owners argued that the lower court should not have gotten into the meeting records to figure out the reasoning of a key vote on the council.

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How to preserve the rural nature of Wicomico County.

That was focus of the first day of a mediation roundtable yesterday organized by County Executive Rick Pollitt.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that until the county has a development tier map for the Maryland Department of Planning no housing subdivisions larger than seven lots can be legally built.

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The Salisbury City Council is providing more than $1 million in waivers for water and sewer connection fees for projects in the downtown area and the city’s Enterprise Zone.

They’re known as equivalent dwelling units which go for around $35-hundred.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the 300 credits will apply to properties in the Downtown Development District, the Central business district, the Riverfront Redevelopment Area and the Enterprise Zone.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Board of Public Works has postponed a decision on whether to grant permits for a Kent Island housing development in an environmentally sensitive area near the Chesapeake Bay.

Gov. Martin O'Malley said Wednesday he believes the board needs greater assurance that a proposed 131-acre park in the proposal will not be developed in the future.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Board of Public Works is scheduled to take up a tidal wetlands license application for a Kent Island housing development.

The board is set to consider the proposal at its Wednesday meeting.

It's the second time the matter has come before the board, which previously rejected the proposal due to environmental concerns.

The Maryland Court of Appeals concluded the board based its decision on factors outside the scope of its authority and sent the matter back to the board.

The lawsuit to overturn the development plans for the Barley Mill Plaza office complex will resume April 22nd.

The case has been delayed after documents surfaced that New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon charged showed a potential for wrongdoing connected to the development.

Chancery Court Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III imposed a delay without reviewing the documents adding it could turn into a criminal matter.

SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - The town of Smyrna is launching a week long study of the U.S. Route 13 commercial corridor in an effort to shape future development in the area.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that town officials, regional planners and local stakeholders will begin meeting Monday with the aim of producing a master plan that Smyrna planners would use to regulate growth along the corridor.

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The Salisbury City Council tonight will be looking at a cut in the city’s water and sewer connection fees by 60 percent for those buildings which are not connected to the city’s system.

This would mean a reduction from $8500 to just under $3400.

The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce says the fee reduction will stimulate growth.

The revenue from the capacity fees has dropped dramatically from $1.6 million four years ago to $114,000 this year.