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Deep Valley Farm receives preliminary approval

Cape Gazette of Lewes, Delaware

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Modified plan contains seven lots losttoDelDOT

Developers of Deep Valley Farm, a subdivision near Five Points, moved a step closer to reality after receiving preliminary approval on a revised plan from the county's planning and zoning commission.

The commission voted for approval at its June 23 meeting.

Developer Cedar Creek Properties LLC was able to revert to its original plan with 192 lots on 88 acres following a decision by transportation officials to release a section of property taken by the

Delaware Department of Transportation for road realignment.

Seven lots were removed from the plan, which was approved July 15, 2009.

The parcel is split with the largest section containing 152 lots between Beaver Dam Road and Route 9. The smaller section along Route 9 contains 40 lots.

The main road in the larger section contains a pair of traffiircles and silos to give the community an agricultural look.

Mark Davidson of Design Consultants Group said the plan is essentially the same except for the addition of seven lots, the expansion of lot widths from 60- to 70-foot lots to 70- to 80-foot lots and the addition of a 20-foot forested buffer around the perimeter of the property.

He said the stormwater management system will be self-contained within the community with an emergency outfall provided in case of a 100-year flood. The project will be hooked into the county's central sewer system and Tidewater Utilities will provide water.

Paul Carey, speaking on behalf of the owners, said plans call for amenities to be constructed during the first phase of the project. Amenities include a clubhouse, pool, playgrounds, streetlights and sidewalks on both sides of all streets.

"The applicant is anxious to move forward and get everything under way," said attorney Heidi Gilmore.

The final site plan will need to be reviewed and approved by planning and zoning commissioners.

Original Publication Date: July 15, 2011

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