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Founded in 1962, the Civic League For New Castle County is an organization comprised of community civic associations, umbrella civic groups, good government groups, businesses, and interested individuals. The League provides a forum for education about, discussion of, and action on issues relating to the impact of government on the quality of life in New Castle County

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Civic League for New Castle County Monthly Meeting - 7PM Tuesday In Chrisiana


Monthly Meeting
Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Christiana Presbyterian Church.
15 North Old Baltimore Pike Christiana, DE 19702
Read the October Newsletter (PDF HERE:)
  • DNREC has announced the initiation of process to develop regulations for Coastal Zone Conversion Permits
  • Serious concerns raised over TIS for Delaware National
  • Changes to Traditional Neighborhood Housing Proposed 17-094


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Updated: Watch Live Today! NCC Land Use Panel Discussion On "The LOS Issue" 4-6PM October 18th In New Castle - RSVP Required


Update: From  New Castle County Government:
Watch a livestream of Wednesday's panel discussion on traffic impact requirements for land development by tuning in right here on facebook at 4 p.m. 
From the New Castle County Department of Land Use ~ 

Discussion on Traffic Impact Requirements for Land Development

4 - 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 18th
3022 New Castle Avenue, New Castle, DE 19720
Panel Discussion on Traffic Impact Requirements for Land Development in New Castle County 
You are invited to join a panel discussion on the topic of Level of Service (LOS) with representatives from New Castle County’s Department of Land Use and the transportation, economic, civic, and engineering communities. 
This meeting will include an overview of the LOS issue and feature a question-and-answer session regarding the LOS regulations in New Castle County and other local governments. 
The meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at:
Route 9 Library and Innovation Center3022 New Castle AvenueNew Castle, Delaware 19720(302) 657-8020
 
Please note: This event is open to the public but space is limited. If you plan on attending, please RSVP at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/traffic-impact-requirements-for-land-development-in-ncc-tickets-38440609899?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dnew_event_email&utm_term=eventurl_text  
Additional information may be found on the Department of Land Use website at: www.nccdelu.org
You may also view the Level of Service White Paper.  
We hope to see you there!


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Updated: Old Hercules Chemical Station Tract Residential Development Plan Before NCC Planning Board 7PM Tonight In New Castle


Update: From WDEL - Residents oppose a development at a former country club for mainly traffic concerns

This same plan was rejected by the Delaware Supreme Court over the traffic impact. 

Will NCC CE Matt Meyer allow his land use department to throw us under the bus with tricks we're seeing like the reduction of the scope of the impact study with this now-Pettinaro former Toll Brothers project? 

A Canterbury Hills Civic Association Board Director sent this alert: 
I just wanted to make sure you were aware of (and could perhaps post information regarding) Tuesday's Planning Board Public Hearing which will address the Delaware National development, which has been resubmitted in almost entirely identical form to that rejected by the Planning Board two years ago, and which may well be approved this time around.
7 p.m. tonight
James Gilliam Building
77 Read's Way, New Castle, DE 19720
App. 2016-0461-S:  South side of Lancaster Pike (SR 48), east side of Hercules Road.  Exploratory Major Land Development Plan and PLUS Review for Delaware National. The plan proposes to consolidate 4 existing parcels and subdivide into 158 single family detached lots and 104 townhouse lots. S (Suburban) zoning district. CD 2 and 3.  
Tonight's meeting will be interesting to say the least. This particular land use residential development application has been subject to many years of going through the paces for concerns over both traffic and environment. 

Under New Castle County Council Executive Matt Meyer, the Land Use Department has significantly reduced the scope of the traffic impact study for this plan now submitted by Pettinaro, a point which has been under fierce contention since the December 5, 2016 NCC Scoping Meeting:
August 24, 2017RE: New Castle County Planning Board Public HearingApplication 2016-0461 -- Delaware National 
Dear Members of the Planning Board, 
I am writing to alert you to serious deficiencies in the recently issued Traffic Impact Study (TIS) for Delaware National, the 262-unit residential development proposed for the former Hercules Golf Course. As designed, the traffic study fails to account for over 10,000 vehicles per day. 
The TIS is deeply flawed in 2 respects: 1) traffic from over 1 million square feet of existing but vacant space at AstraZeneca, Experimental Station, Barley Mill Plaza (exclOdyssey School), 4250 Lancaster Pike and Chestnut Run Plaza is unaccounted for; and 2) traffic from committed developments (previously approved but unbuilt space)included in the TIS appears to be seriously underestimated. 
On Item 1 -- vacant space – the issue is that existing vacant space has traffic rights that precede new development. Recent Supreme Court decisions have reaffirmed that available traffic capacity is allocated on a first come/first serve basis. County Code Sec 40.11.130 requires that "Future traffic shall be projected by the inclusion of trip generation from projects with recorded plans...". All existing space has a recorded plan.  Also, consideration of vacant space is recognized as an engineering best practice as evidenced by the testimony of Mr. Brian Keaveney of Pennoni Associates, a leading traffic engineering firm (http://www.umtownship.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3105). Vacant space is also regularly included in traffic studies nationwide. 
The intent of State and County law, and engineering best practice, seems indisputable  -- projections of future traffic need to include vacant space when material, unless it can be demonstrated that the vacant space has been permanently abandoned. Proceeding with a traffic study that fails to address a known material deficiency is irrational, arbitrary and capricious. Yet over 1 million square feet of vacant office space is currently unaccounted for in this TIS  -- the equivalent of some 8,000 vehicles per day that are missing from the analysis.
As for the argument that "traffic studies haven't considered vacant space in the past", this is a unique situation that can't be ignored -- vacant space is huge, it's nearby and ithas prior traffic rights. 
On item 2 – committed developments – the issue is that traffic from previously approved but unbuilt space needs to be accurately estimated. DuPont Chestnut Run and Little Falls Lots 9,11,10 – several of the committed projects in the TIS -- comprise 778,000 square feet of approved but unbuilt space that will house some 3,000 occupants. Yet the TIS estimates that only about 40% of these office workers will arrive/depart during the peak AM and PM hours. Based on real-world experience along area roads, this appears low by several 1,000 vehicles per day. 
My schedule may prevent me from attending the public hearing and thus I’m providing this testimony in advance. We believe these deficiencies need to be addressed beforeproceeding with this project and respectfully request your leadership and assistance in resolving these critical gaps. 
Sincerely,Tom Dewson10 Squirrel RunWilmington, DE 19807302-383-4771 
cc: Senator Gregory LavelleSenator Anthony DelcolloRepresentative Deborah HudsonRepresentative Gerald Brady
Also, this specific parcel was the site of Hercules Experimental Station (where they developed Agent Orange) which added to residents' concerns about the contaminants from golf course pesticides over the rest of the old Hercules Golf Course acreage:
State of Delaware Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) Appeal 2012-07 filed by Milltown Limestone Civic Alliance on Secretary's Order 2012-A-0009 approving the Final Plan of Remedial Action for Hercules Road and Lancaster Pike Site near Wilmington, New Castle County (DNREC Project No. DE-1492) dated March 22,2012.
Also see ~

2017 Updated: Former Hercules Golf Course Development Plan Public Meeting Set For 7PM Thursday At A.I. DuPont High School 


2009 Lawsuits against Toll Brothers’ Greenville Overlook development dismissed

2010 Pettinaro to develop Delaware National Country Club
2011 Environmental Issues disregarded by DNREC - CLNCC

2014 Toll Brothers' Appeal Of County-Denied Traffic Impact Study Is Set For 6PM Thursday - NCC Board Of Adjustment

2016 Ruling affirms New Castle County power to block sprawl 

2016 Mill Creek developer takes county traffic rules to court 

2016 Push to redevelop old Hercules golf course begins anew 

2016 Supreme Court: County can make developers improve traffic


Monday, September 25, 2017

City Of Newark To Consider Water Tower Maintenance Best Practices Recommendations 7PM Tonight

There were some gruesome headlines about the dangers of ingesting lead in the news this week: Study: Flint water killed unborn babies; many moms who drank it couldn't get pregnant

The dangers of lead paint poisoning are well known but Delaware is behind the curve when it comes to best practices for and protection of the public from exposure to possible ingestion of lead paint from water towers and other outdoor structures as a result of sandblasting.

Members of the Civic League will be attending the Newark Council meeting tonight to show support for the recommendation of the Conservation Advisory Commission. It's item 6 B. Water Tower Maintenance Best Practices Recommendations on the City of Newark's Agenda.
And in case you missed it, here is Civic League's Sarah Bucic's Delaware Voice piece, published in this Sunday's paper ~ Lead paint sandblasting on water towers remains an environmental hazard: Delaware Voice
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, lead can affect almost every organ and system in your body. Lead is so dangerous that it has been banned in gasoline and indoor paint. 
However, Delaware residents continue to remain unprotected by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, which does not prevent lead contamination of surrounding communities during sandblasting of water towers.  
DNREC’s “lead loophole” prevents permitting and state oversight during sandblasting of water towers or any outdoor structure. Communities in Delaware have already experienced the impacts.  
I discovered this loophole last year when a Suez water employee knocked on my door to tell me workers were sandblasting a water tank directly next to my home. When I asked the employee if the paint contained lead, he said it did — and that nobody had asked him that before. 
Utilizing the Freedom of Information Act, a 2016 incident in Newark where containment was breached has been discovered. Lead chips, dust and grit were widely spread in at least one residential yard during water tower sandblasting.
Soil remediation has yet to be performed, even though it has been more than a year. We also learned that DNREC was never notified that hazardous materials were released onto a residential property. 
While the secretary of DNREC has been made aware of this situation, DNREC continues to defer any decision on how they will proceed with state oversight over water tower sandblasting. As a result, private companies and municipalities can contaminate your yard without ever having to tell you what occurred, what health hazards your family may be facing or any impact on property values. 
Back in April, Secretary Shawn Garvin promised that in the least, a best-practices model would be implemented by the end of June and community notification guidelines regarding sandblasting of lead structures would be initiated. Now, nearly three months later, DNREC has become silent on the issue. 
The situation in Newark has revealed a worst-case scenario and why we need permitting for these projects. In June, upon learning about the problem of lead paint sandblasting in 2016 and the lead release into a residential yard, the city of Newark’s Conservation Advisory Commission recommended to Newark City Council that they expand notification requirements of projects that handle lead and explain the risks of lead paint exposure. The CAC also recommended that DNREC take on the regulation of water tower refurbishment to ensure protection of public health.
Now that DNREC is aware of the lead release in Newark in 2016, the agency should be taking action to ensure that the cleanup of the residential property is conducted in a manner that is thorough and that reduces any future potential for exposure. 
Other states, such as Minnesota, are able to better manage the risks of sandblasting water towers that contain lead paint. Minnesota requires public notification of lead paint removal within a perimeter surrounding all water towers. They also provide families with actions they can take to protect themselves thus minimizing health risk. Minnesota also has additional requirements for lead paint removal near schools and day care facilities 
DNREC, at the very least, should be able to initiate a process that describes how they will take action to protect Delaware’s children from exposure to lead paint chips, grit and dust. This process should include permitting and regulatory oversight, community notification requirements, and health and safety plans to ensure the protection of public health. Containment measures, transportation and disposal of hazardous waste, along with air pollution monitoring are bare minimum measures to protect public health. 
In the coming weeks, the city of Newark will be reviewing its own procedures for sandblasting lead paint. With two new lead paint sandblasting projects on water towers in the near future (Scottfield and Arbour Park), this discussion may prevent a repeat of the 2016 release into a neighboring yard. However, with over 160 water towers in the state, this is an issue that affects Delawareans in all three counties. 
We were able to access information about the Newark water towers because it is a municipal government, but many of the state’s water towers are privately owned. 
If you live in Newark, you can contact your city council member and ask that steps be taken to prevent lead exposure. Garvin, the secretary of DNREC, should also be interested in your concerns about the oversight of lead paint sandblasting in Delaware’s communities. 
Sarah Bucic, a Wilmington resident, has been a registered nurse since 2001 and has a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in psychiatric mental health nursing.

Friday, September 15, 2017

CLNCC Monthly Meeting With Lt. Governor Hall-Long - 7PM Tuesday In Christiana



Civic League For New Castle County Monthly Meeting

September 19th, 2017
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Christiana Presbyterian Church, 
15 North Old Baltimore Pike, Christiana, De 19702

Featured Guest:

Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Our Lady Of Grace - Ogletown Pond Development Proposal Up For A NCC Council Vote Next Tuesday


Our Lady of Grace record plan goes to a vote at next Tuesday's council meeting.

From NCC Councilwoman Lisa Diller:

Dear 5th District Constituents:A last minute change to the 7/11/17 Council agenda shows Resolution 17-048, the plan for the Our Lady of Grace site, on both the Council Land Use Agenda and Council Meeting Agenda on July 11, 2017.  Please be aware that as the sponsor, I have the ability, under Council rules, to table and refer the plan back twice, if necessary, to the Land Use Department with technical questions regarding compliance with the code or other laws. 
See Council July 11, 2017 Meeting Agenda HERE.

View the plans for R17-148 HERE ~
Project ID:  20150886South side of Chestnut Hill Road, 3077 feet east of Marrows RoadMajor Land Development plan to develop property as an open spaced planned subdivision with 269 dwelling units. Our Lady of Grace. S Zoning.  (App. 2015-0886-S
And here's the Resolution ~
R17-148: PLAN OF CHESTNUT HILL PRESERVE: PENCADER AND WHITE CLAY CREEK HUNDREDS; SOUTH SIDE OF CHESTNUT HILL ROAD; 3,077 FEET EAST OF MARROWS ROAD; MAJOR LAND DEVELOPMENT PLAN THAT PROPOSES AN OPEN SPACE PLANNED SUBDIVISION CONTAINING 30 SINGLE FAMILY DWELLINGS, 56 TWINS, 114 TOWNHOUSES AND 60 APARTMENTS WITH REQUIRED AMENITIES; S ZONING. Introduced by: Ms. Diller 
As many of you are aware, after a very busy and stressful time during the Budget discussions in Dover, Legislators finally somewhat agreed on budget issues. There is a lot at stake for us, waiting to see if monies were allocated for the parkland that we at Save The Orphanage Property have been advocating for the last two years. We have not been notified of anything formally yet, and many of you may hear rumors, positive or negative. We want to assure all of our followers that, as soon as we receive any credible and true news, we will report it here. Stay tuned....
Meanwhile, News Journal reporter Xerxes Wilson tweeted this late Friday night #DEJune30
- Interesting: Bond Bill authorizing LOI for state to provide $1.25m for negotiations for NCCo to purchase Felician Sisters land near Newark. 
- Epilogue language doesn't set aside $$ but if NCCo negotiates purchase, OMB will give funding options to JFC for $1.25m contribution. 
- For further reading: County Park Proposal Would Derail Housing Project
Read more about the effort to Save Ogletown Pond at the website: Ogletown Resistance 



Route 41 Residents Meeting With DelDOT Secretary Cohan 5:30PM Tonight In Milltown; And 6PM July 12th In Hockessin


Message from State Rep. Kim Williams:

Route 41 Residents Meeting
 with DelDOT Secretary Cohan 
5:30 - 6:45 p.m. Thursday, July 6th 
Cedars Methodist Church.
100 Harrison Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19808
This is a meeting for area residents and DelDOT to discuss the ongoing truck traffic dispute along Route 41.

Also, from Kim Williams State Representative, 19th District:

Special Committee to Study and Make Recommendations Regarding Truck Traffic and Freight Movements Along SR 41, SR 48 and SR 7
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 
6:00pm – 8:00pm 
Hockessin Fire Hall, 1225 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE

Look for NCC resident-oriented news updates all summer long on the CLNCC facebook page HERE


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Updated: Civic League For New Castle County Monthly Meeting Set For 7PM Tuesday In Christiana




Update: 
As the CLNCC lobbyist in Dover, I write up an occasional report with links to bills, New Castle County government status reports, League activities, and general news accounts. To read more, click over and see: Things Of Interest Mid June 2017.



Next Meeting

Date:   Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Time:   7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Location:
Christiana Presbyterian Church
15 North Old Baltimore Pike
Christiana, DE 19702
Map


AGENDA June 2017

MONTHLY MEETING
  • Call to Order 
  • Officers Reports:
    • Treasurer
    • Secretary
    • Vice Presidents
    • President
New Business
  • Full Membership Approval Of Resolution against HB 190.
  • State of the CLNCC Website
Old Business

Additional Member Comments