Ocean View to host Comp Plan & Cookies event Dec. 2

Ocean View residents can comment on, and ask questions about, the Town’s comprehensive plan, currently being updated, at Comp Plan & Cookies, scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2, at Town Hall.

The comprehensive plan analyzes the town’s conditions, outlines a vision for the future and describes solutions for new transportation options, improving connectivity, supporting land use, honoring history, promoting healthy and engaging environments, and encouraging business diversity and job growth.

It is being updated as mandated by Delaware State Code. Ocean View officials adopted the last version in 2010 and state code requires an update every 10 years.

Public comment will remain open until the Planning & Zoning meeting on Jan. 16.

“Our vision is to keep the community quaint and small,” said Ken Cimino, director of the Town’s Planning & Zoning Department.

“We’re looking to construct more sidewalks, to make it a more walkable community, to preserve natural areas, historic resources and parks. We’re looking to encourage business along the Route 26 corridor, to increase events, increase community spaces and to transform the appearance along Route 26 — to make it more soft and inviting,” he said.

At the Town’s Halloween celebration, Cops & Goblins, on Oct. 26, the Town had a booth for input on the plan, and more than 100 people stopped by. They overwhelmingly supported adding attractive street lighting and renaming the main corridor Town Center.

“Right now, it’s the central business area, but we’re looking for ideas to name it,” Cimino said.

Earlier, residents were surveyed, and the response, Cimino said, “was phenomenal,” with 130 people attending one workshop.

Their suggestions included stopping growth in Ocean View, having more community events and additional spaces, streetscaping Route 26, adding sidewalks and crosswalks, and providing public transportation to the beach.

“We’ve reached out to DART First State, under the Delaware Department of Transportation, to see if we can’t be included at least in their seasonal transportation plans,” Cimino said.

“DART has a beach route that runs from May to September. It’s called the Blue Line. It has stops in Rehoboth, Dewey, South Bethany, Bethany, Fenwick and Ocean City. They have stops along Route 1. They stop in Bethany, on Garfield Parkway, so we’re looking to see if they can’t make a right up Route 26, and maybe develop a park-and-ride here in Ocean View to take people to the beach,” Cimino said.

 

By Susan Canfora
Staff Reporter