LEWES, Del.- A controversial re-zoning application has been denied by the Sussex County Council.

Old Orchard Ventures LLC applied to change a parcel of land on Old Orchard Road between Savannah Road and New Road into a C-2 Medium Commercial District property. The company proposed to build medical and professional offices on the land near the Atlantic Concrete plant and Villages of Five Points development.

After councilman Doug Hudson recused himself, the remaining councilmembers voted three to one against the application. District Three Councilman I.G. Burton voted no, citing surrounding residential neighborhoods.

"Times have changed and the area is now surrounded by residential neighborhoods

and the commercial in the area is dominantly located closer to Savannah and Route One," Burton said.

In previous presentations, the applicant said the project would complement the area and provide services to a growing and aging population.

In November, the Planning and Zoning commission recommended the Sussex County Council deny the application, but noted the applicant could re-apply for a conditional use permit.

Councilman Sam Wilson was the lone yes vote on Tuesday.