Millville By the Sea is planning its next neighborhood

Millville By the Sea is planning to open 103 lots in its next development phase, and the Millville Planning & Zoning Committee met March 1 to review a preliminary site plan submitted by Millville Town Center LLC for MBTS’s next subdivision, formerly known as Topsail Village.

But that name will change because, at the last minute, the developer realized a small development in Bethany Beach has already claimed the name “Topsail Village,” said Chuck Ellison of Miller & Smith.

The Planning & Zoning Committee unanimously agreed to submit the application to the town council for preliminary approval.

The 28.4-acre parcel connects to Lakeside Village in the south, Sand Dollar Village II in the east, lakeside, and Beaver Dam Creek in the west.

The planned roads are winding to “circumvent the tendency of folks to come roaring through the community, because they have to make a number of turns at each way,” Ellison said.

Stormwater management is being finalized, although the neighborhood centers around a central lake and mini bio-retention ponds. Other amenities are being brainstormed, such as a gazebo or picnic tables. The development’s popular walking trail system will nearly double within this neighborhood, Ellison said.

Lot sizes will vary in width, including 60 feet, 70 feet and one other size, each holding single-family homes.

P&Z members didn’t object to a three-phase project, which Ellison requested because the developers have sewer details to iron out with Sussex County. Preliminary approval can be granted all at once, with final approval in phases.

Planning consultant Kyle Gulbronson of AECOM noticed some “crimping” of properties against some tax ditches, but that doesn’t violate Millville Code, as long as the Sussex Conservation District doesn’t mind. His other concerns will be addressed later, during the final planning phase.

If the developer maps out P&Z’s recommended changes in time, the town council could consider the plans at their March 9 meeting.