Council approves investigation of annexation request

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Vacant lands along South Rehoboth Boulevard under investigation by Annexation Committee at the request of owners Walter and Sharon Feindt

After a unanimous vote, Milford City Council approved a request from Walter and Sharon Feindt to allow the Annexation Committee to investigate the annexation of three parcels of land on the east side of Rehoboth Boulevard, The property butts up against Windward on the River, a mixed-use development.

“This land is currently zoned as Agricultural Residential (AR-1) and the land is currently vacant,” a letter from the Feindt’s read. “As per the City’s Comprehensive Plan, the parcel is classified as proposed Residential-Low Density. Based on this, we are requesting Community Neighborhood Commercial (C-1) zoning for all three parcels. The purpose of this request is to utilize all the services and resources that the City has to offer as well as to provide support to the nearby hospital with medical offices.”

City Planner Rob Pierce explained that once council approved the request, it would be sent to the Annexation Committee who would investigate and make a recommendation on the request. It must then go to the State of Delaware for review before returning to City Council. At that time, there would be public hearings and council would have final approval.

At this time, the lots are vacant and there is no entrance from South Rehoboth Boulevard. Because South Rehoboth Boulevard is state maintained, any entrance would need DelDOT approval. The developer for Windward on the River granted a cross-access easement to these parcels onto Windward Boulevard, which would be the preferred access point for the properties if they were developed.

In addition, the properties would be served by the Windward on the River regional pump station for sewer services and would be provided water service by a 10” water main located along Windward Boulevard. City of Milford would provide electric service. DNREC indicates that the far eastern portion of the site may contain wetlands and the parcel is impacted by the 100-year floodplain. The annexation is consistent with the 2018 Comprehensive Plan. Advantages to the city include revenues which include property tax and permits for building as well as the potential for additional water, sewer and electric customers. The parcel is identified within the Urban Growth Boundary of the 2018 Comprehensive Plan.

Council approved investigation by the Annexation Committee unanimously.

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