Renzi Annexation Approved By Council

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Photo document presented to the Annexation Committee on March 5. MAp provided by engineering firm Davis, Bowen & Friedel.
Photo document presented to the Annexation Committee on March 5. MAp provided by engineering firm Davis, Bowen & Friedel.

By Terry Rogers

On Tuesday, March 5, the City of Milford Annexation Committee passed a request from Louis and Shirley Renzi to annex three acres of land, located on the west side of Cedar Creek Road, just south of the intersection of Wilkins and Cedar Creek Road, into the City of Milford. The request was made in order for the land, which is currently zoned AR1, to be rezoned C3, which is more consistent with the city’s Comprehensive Plan.

City Planner, Gary Norris, explained to the committee that there were several advantages to annexation of the land, and that the land is listed in the 2008 Comprehensive Plan as a parcel expected to be annexed rezoned. In addition, annexation and rezoning would allow for more commercial development in the area. The property is located in very close proximity to the new exit ramp being constructed by DelDot to make the intersection of Route 1 and Wilkins Road safer, and which will tie Route 1 to Cedar Creek Road upon its completion.

Chairperson Katrina Wilson asked if there were any disadvantages to the proposal, and Norris stated that he saw none. Norris reported that the property is only three acres, and is actually more of an enclave.

“All lands surrounding the property are already zoned commercial,” Norris explained. “The land west of this property, which I believe is the Fannin property, is commercial, as are all but four houses on the east side of the property.”

Committee member and City Council member, Skip Pikus, agreed with Norris, stating that he saw “no disadvantages whatsoever” and that this action could be “very beneficial” to the city.

The committee voted unanimously to approve the request to annex the Renzi property into the city. A public hearing will be held at the April meeting of the Planning and Zoning Committee to discuss rezoning the property before the matter is presented to City Council for final approval.