Proposal for 227 New Housing Units in Fenwick Island
FENWICK ISLAND, Del.- More housing could yet again be coming to Southern Delaware, with a proposal of 227 new single family units in Fenwick Island.
The planning and zoning commission is hearing the proposal on Oct. 9 at 6p.m. This has people from the community worried about the impact this will have on significant parts of the surrounding area.
Jeanette Akhter is part of a group of people who focus on environmental concerns specifically in South Eastern Sussex County. Although, they're not totally against the idea.
Jeanette Akhter, part of the Dirickson Creek Friends said, "But we want it to be amended in such a way that we can help and preserve the environment."
On the parcel of land, developers are making a proposal to build 227 single family units over a total of 184 acres near the intersection of Old Mill Bridge road and Miller's Neck Road. One issue that could arise is flooding, with the land being so close to wetlands.
Akhter said, "In this area we know that sea level is rising and we know that the land is sinking. Slowly, but it's sinking. All of these things are going to increase our risk for flooding."
But the developer say "Wetland areas were taken into account with the design of the subdivision. We do not anticipate disturbances to any wetland areas."
But people who would possibly be neighbors to the new community can see where the land would go from outside their bedroom windows. The patch of trees across next to the creek could be taken out.
Greg Kimble, a Local Resident who lives around the corner from the area said "And all the water runs down the hill. One of my neighbors is in the direct path of the downhill flow of the water."
State representative Ron Gray put a picture of a sign on the land in the proposal to his Facebook the other day. He said he is not picking a side on this issue but he says he did have people from the community reach out to him. He said if you want to express your concerns about the units that would go on this parcel of land, you should attend the planning and zoning meeting in Georgetown.
"We see a lot of problems with traffic and anyone who has every visited here in the summer I don't need to tell you what they are," said Akhter.
The developers also say that the developer will make improvements to the roadways in coordination with Deldot. But Kimble is worried about the quality of a rural experience.
Kimble said, "And it destroys the rural quality of life that's pre-existing for us," he said, "And the people who live here and have to look at it, we don't want it. Not because we don't like change, but because we don't like change for the worse."