Bridgeville land-use plan unveiled
By Mike McClure
The Bridgeville Planning Commission unveiled the final draft of the town’s comprehensive plan during a meeting on Thursday, Nov. 29. The town will hold a public hearing Jan. 9 to review comments from the state as well as written comments from town residents.
The planning commission prepared the plan with assistance from the University of Delaware’s Institute for Public Administration College of Human Services, Education, and Public Policy. According to David Edgell, project manager, the draft comes after one and a half years of collecting data.
The future land use map, which is part of the packet of information the planning commission reviewed last week, is very similar to the current land use map. The maps show a breakdown of the commercial, industrial, office, residential and other permitted use areas in the town.
The growth and annexation map highlighted the town’s current boundaries and three possible growth and annexation areas. The agricultural preservation districts and areas with purchased development rights that are located outside the town were also shown on the map.
The planning commission pointed out that the annexation areas may not be developed in the near future. Also, the growth areas shown are general areas, and do not target specific parcels of land.
Growth area I consists of the lands on both sides of the US 13 highway corridor (from Redden Road south to the Route 13/404 intersection). The lands, which primarily have frontage on the highway and access to town utilities, may have value as commercial and other high-density urban uses, according to the report.
Growth area II is the area around the US 13 and 404 intersection, which is a focus of commercial activity. While this area is not near the town’s borders and is not being considered for annexation in the near future, the town does provide utility services to the area.
The third growth area is located in the undeveloped lands south of the town’s current boundaries. The area is currently being used for agriculture, and could be used as an extension of the residential area or the future location for park and recreation facilities in town.
The planning commission also discussed the town’s traffic and transportation situation, which is also addressed in the plan. The town (and DelDOT) plan to install additional signs to get more summer traffic to use the bypass rather than driving through town.
DelDOT will be doing work on roads in the Bridgeville area, including a realignment of the US 13/404 intersection, through its Corridor Capacity Preservation Plan, but Bridgeville commission president Joe Conaway said the work on the intersection probably wouldn’t be done for a couple years.
The plan also addresses historic and cultural resources of the town. Edgell said the planning commission would like to see a historic district committee formed with residents and property owners of the district appointed to the committee. The other plan recommendations pertaining to the town’s historic resources include: creating a historic overlay zone, developing historic district guidelines, identifying and protecting key cultural sites in Bridgeville and making physical improvements to Market Street.
The plan also addresses infrastructure, economic development, housing, environmental protection and open space and recreation. During a September workshop, the possibility of adding a community center in town was discussed.
The comprehensive plan has been sent to the state for review and will also be reviewed by the county before it is approved. The state’s Land Use Planning Act (LUPA) review is expected to be done within 20 working days after receipt of the plan.
The planning commission will hold a public hearing on Jan. 9 to review the state’s comments. The public will also be able to comment at the hearing or submit their comments in writing prior to the hearing.
The town will also try to give a presentation of the plan to the state prior to the public hearing on Jan. 9. After the planning commission votes on the plan, it will go to the town commission for approval.
Woodbridge Alumni Assoc.
Woodbridge High School graduates are trying to establish a Woodbridge High School Alumni Association. It would include all Woodbridge High School graduates from 1970 until the present. Some classes have held class reunions, others have not. The association would hold a yearly banquet in the spring. All Woodbridge High School graduates would be eligible to attend.
Classes celebrating milestone anniversaries would receive special recognition. Another goal is to establish a scholarship fund for children and grandchildren of Woodbridge High School graduates.
Anyone interested should send a note with name, address, phone number, year of graduation, and if you would be willing to help. Mail to Dottie (Breeding) Bauguess (Class of 1976) in care of Woodbridge Elementary School, P.O. Box, P.O. Box G, Greenwood, DE 19950.
Senior center plans events
The Bridgeville Senior Center has planned the following events:
Thursday, Dec. 6 - crafts in the morning, shopping at Save-A-Lot in the afternoon.
Friday, Dec. 7 - shopping at Dollar Tree.
Monday, Dec. 10 - Members of the Georgetown Senior Center will visit.
Tuesday, Dec. 11 - Trip to Boston Market and to AC Moore.
Wednesday, Dec. 12 - Bible study.
Thursday, Dec. 13 - Crafts in the morning, shopping at Wal-Mart in the afternoon.
Friday, Dec. 14 - shopping at Laurel Flea Market in the afternoon.
Monday, Dec. 17 - DE Jones will visit the center; shopping at the bread store.
Tuesday, Dec. 18 - Exchange of Secret Pals Christmas gifts.
Wednesday, Dec. 19 - Bible study.
Thursday, Dec. 20 - Members of the Greenwood Senior Center will visit in the morning; Christmas party, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 21 - blood pressure checks in the morning, Food Lion shopping in the afternoon.
Monday, Dec. 24 - Early lunch, 11:15 a.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 25 - Center closed, Christmas holiday.
Wednesday, Dec. 26 - Bible study.
Thursday, Dec. 27 - Save-A-Lot shopping.
Friday, Dec. 28 - members will visit the Greenwood Senior Center.
Monday, Dec. 31 - New Year’s celebration at the CHEER Center, Georgetown.