Parkside community receives site-plan approval in Millville

A new development with 92 single-family homes received final site-plan approval from the Millville Town Council at its Tuesday, Aug. 13, meeting.

The Parkside community will be located off Windmill Drive and, as its name indicates, will be adjacent to the soon-to-be-constructed Millville Town Park.

The homes will be built at a density of just shy of three units per acre, compared to the allowable density of 5.81 units per acre, said Phillip Tolliver of the Georgetown architectural firm Morris and Ritchie Associates Inc., “so we’re well below what could have been built here.”

A clubhouse and swimming pool will be constructed just inside the entrance to the development, which will also include a walking trail that connects to Millville Town Park. A wooded buffer will surround Parkside, Tolliver said, and additional plantings will be added throughout the development. A “multi-modal path” will run parallel to Dukes Drive and will also connect to the park.

The land Parkside will be located on was annexed into the Town of Millville about two years ago, Tolliver said. Preliminary approval for the development was granted by the Town in October of 2017.

Parkside will be served by Tidewater Utilities for water, via an existing high-pressure water main on Windmill Drive, and by Sussex County for sewer service, according to Tolliver, noting that the water main “has got plenty of capacity for the project.” He also said Parkside would utilize existing sewer mains, and a pump house that was originally part of the plans would not be necessary.

There is a small cemetery with two plots located within the development, and Tolliver said the cemetery would remain, preserved with a new fence, and would be accessible to the public.

Left- and right-turn lanes would be added on Windmill Drive at the entrance to Parkside, Tolliver said. All the internal roads will be private and built to state Department of Transportation standards, he said.

Tolliver answered questions from nearby resident Valerie Faden, who had concerns about drainage from the development. The project will drain into existing ditches to the northeast of the development, he said.

Another resident, David Moeller, asked whether there would be more than one access point to the development, to which Tolliver responded that only one is required.


By Kerin Magill

Staff Reporter