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Middletown Transcript
  • Townsend Council approves proposals to change land-use plan, zoning map; bids opened for streetscape improvements

  • Proposed changes to the Townsend comprehensive land-use plan and zoning map received initial approval of town council Aug. 21, and council also opened bids for the streetscape improvement project proposed for Main Street.
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  • Proposed changes to the Townsend comprehensive land-use plan and zoning map received initial approval of town council Aug. 21.
    After no one spoke at the public hearing about the proposals, council held a workshop and unanimously voted to approve the first two readings of the amendment to the land-use plan and the first two readings of the "readoption" of the zoning map.
    The third and final reading for each proposal is scheduled for the next council meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at the Townsend Fire Hall at 7:30 p.m.
    The proposed changes update the land-use plan and the zoning map so they reflect the actual uses or proposed uses for several properties.
    "There are parcels that don't meet the current zoning and land use maps," said Mayor Jermaine Hatton in an earlier interview. "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.
    Streetscape improvement bids opened
    At the Aug. 21 council workshop, Town Engineer Owen Hyne opened the bids for the streetscape project proposed for Main Street, from Chestnut to South streets.
    The town received two bids, one from Grassbusters Landscaping Company for $353,294 and one from Sam's Construction for $404,390.
    "The project is separated in smaller pieces so that the town can award them as funding allows," said Hyne.
    Mayor Hatton said the proposal include new sidewalks, lighting, benches, and trash receptacles.
    Council members will have to vote on what parts of the project to proceed with.
    Page 2 of 2 - The town will also need approval from the Delaware Department of Transportation before the project can begin.

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