Townsend Town Council will hold a public hearing about updating the town's comprehensive land-use plan on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m., at the town hall, 661 South St.
The hearing will include the first and second reading of an amendment to the 2010 comprehensive plan, and the first and second reading of an ordinance to re-adopt the zoning map.
"There are parcels that don't meet the current zoning and land use maps," said Mayor Jermaine Hatton. "The changes will bring those properties into compliance."
The amendment to the comprehensive plan proposes changes in the future land-use designation for several properties:
565 Railroad Ave. – from industrial to commercial which is more compatible with surrounding residential area and because the lot size doesn't meet the 43,560 square-foot minimum size for the industrial zone;
605 Cannery Lane and 615 Cannery Lane – from residential to commercial to be more compatible with adjacent commercial zoning;
315/317 Gray St., 316 Gray St., and 317/319 Main St. – from industrial to commercial because dwellings aren't allowed in an industrial zone, the lot sizes don't meet the minimum size for the industrial zone, and commercial uses are more compatible with surrounding uses;
1 Brook Ramble Lane – from commercial to residential to be more compatible with surrounding uses.
5988 Summit Bridge Road – from residential to commercial to place the parcel in the commercial zone upon annexation;
6007 Summit Bridge Road/104 Pine Tree Road – from split residential and commercial to all commercial.
The zoning map proposed for re-adoption includes two parcels where zoning changes are proposed: 588 Railroad Ave., from R-2 residential to commercial to allow apartments and office space, and 307 Main St., from R-2 residential to commercial to allow a funeral parlor.
Public comments are welcome, Hatton said.
After the hearing, the changes to the comprehensive plan and the zoning map will have to be voted on by council at a town council meeting.
TO SEE THE PLANS
The proposed changes to the comprehensive land-use plan and zoning map are available at Townsend Town Hall, 661 South St., during business hours and on the town website at townsend.delaware.gov/