County approves commercial zoning for Route 20 property

Sussex County Council this week approved a change-of-zone application filed by Riverview Associates III LLC, for property located on the southwest side of Dagsboro Road, approximately halfway between Dagsboro and Millsboro. The property was zoned AR-1, but the applicant sought to change the zoning to commercial.

The applicant’s attorney, Dennis Schrader, said the property is contiguous to and would be combined with a 5.03-acre tract of land that is already zoned commercial.

“We are proposing a CR-1 designation,” said Schrader. “The purpose of this application would be to provide a site to support generally small-scale commercial retail or office uses. It is not intended to be a giant store. It is not intended to be a big commercial center of any kind.”

Schrader said the property is in the County’s Comprehensive Land Use Map as a designated growth area.

Jeremy Smith, who spoke on behalf of Riverview Associates III, said that across the street from the property is a church, butcher shop and a Delaware Department of Transportation maintenance facility.

Smith also said a residential development would be coming on Route 20, which is in close proximity to the property.

He added there are no set plans as to who would occupy the property.

“We would focus on the trade service, professional service.”

Councilman Rob Arlett asked what public utilities would serve the property. Schrader said sewer is not available in that area currently, and the property would be served by on-site septic and water.

The council voted 4-0 to approve the change-of-zone application, with Cole abstained from the hearing and vote.

“We’d like to get more businesses,” said Arlett during the vote.

Sussex County Council on Sept. 23 also gave the Indian River School District a grant $1,000 for the Sussex County Science Fair, out of the Countywide Youth Grant fund. The council gave the district another $1,000 for the Odyssey of the Mind competition.