Looking Ahead: Significant Development Projects in Brandywine Hundred-Mon. Jan. 25th, 7:00PM

  • Due to road conditions this meeting was cancelled. It will be rescheduled at a future date. Sorry for not being able to post this information earlier due to technical difficulties. We apologize for those who did not get this information in a  timely manner.

The Council of Civic Organizations of Brandywine Hundred is pleased to announce its upcoming Public Program:  “Looking Ahead:  Significant Development Projects in Brandywine Hundred”. The purpose of the program is to continue the dialogue and discussion with the public regarding land use and development in its Brandywine Hundred and the impacts on residents. Leading the discussion will be the General Manager of the New Castle County Department of Land Use, George Haggerty.

The CCOBH meeting will be held on Monday, January 25, 2016 in the Reception Hall at the Talleyville Fire Station on Concord Pike next door to the Talleyville Post Office at 7:00 p.m.

Mr. Haggerty’s Department is the focal point for pivotal land use issues in New Castle County, and Mr. Haggerty will focus his discussion on and taking resident questions concerning potential and prospective development projects both large and small in Brandywine Hundred. In particular, CCOBH has asked Mr. Haggerty to address the following areas of concern: The future development of the Brandywine Country Club, Martine’s Nursery on Shipley Road, the Forwood Property at Silverside/Marsh Roads, Leon’s Garden World on Route 202 and the Route 141 Corridor study.

George Haggerty, Jr., is currently serving as the Acting Land Use General Manager. Mr. Haggerty has worked in public service for nearly 42 years. He began his 36 years of Public Service with New Castle County working in the Department of Public Safety. Mr. Haggerty worked his way up through the ranks and retired as a Major after serving for 20+ years. Mr. Haggerty is currently serving in the Department of Land Use where he oversees Planning & Zoning, Licensing, Engineering, and Code Enforcement.

Some of his most notable accomplishments are listed below:

  • Adopting the first International Codes (I-Codes), a multi-disciplined building code council for Delaware.
  • Requiring the Department’s Building Code Inspectors to attain International Code Council (ICC) Certifications.
  • Serving as a member of the regulatory advisory committee which oversaw the adoption of the updated State Storm Water Management regulations.
  • Updating the current New Castle County Unified Development Code.

CCOBH invites all interested citizens to come and have your questions answered about these and other land use and development matters in Brandywine Hundred at the Public Meeting on January 25th.

CCOBH is a nonpartisan civic umbrella organization that consists of some 120 civic organizations that represent most of the communities and neighborhoods in Brandywine Hundred.

CCOBH, and its volunteer members, work:

  • to consider quality-of-life issues and to promote better standards of living in Brandywine Hundred;
  • to promote, encourage, and/or assist worthwhile movements that will benefit Brandywine Hundred and its residents; and
  • to contribute in every way possible to an atmosphere of tolerance, friendliness and a positive community spirit throughout Brandywine Hundred

CCOBH general meetings are always open to the public.

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Homeowner and Civic Associations: The Basics

TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
CLAYMONT LIBRARY

CCOBH is pleased to present, ”Homeowner and Civic Associations:  The Basics”, a repeat of its initial seminar in a series of seminars for assistance to current or future board members of Civic Associations in Brandywine Hundred.

This seminar is intended to introduce Civic Association Board members to the legal and structural aspects of serving on a non-profit Board of Directors. 

This seminar, to be led by CCOBH President, Robert J. Valihura, Jr., Esquire, will cover:

  • the structures of Civic Associations and Homeowner Associations
  • the integration of Delaware law and a community’s controlling documents
  • the role of the Board of Directors, including fiduciary duties imposed on board members
  • reporting obligations
  • the limitation of liability of directors and possible legal avenues for enforcement of deed restrictions

A former State Representative and a current Adjunct Professor of Law teaching the Delaware Corporate law applicable to corporations and Civic Associations, Bob focuses his practice on representation of communities up and down the state concerning these types of structural Board issues.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn what you need to know to more effectively and knowledgeably represent your community. CCOBH hopes to see you on Tuesday, January 12th at 6:30 p.m. at the Claymont Library.

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State Attorney General’s Office-Ombudsperson for the Common Interest Community

A new State Office was formed under Attorney General Matt Denn last year. It is called The Ombudperson for the Common Interest Community.

This office was formed to help both civic associations and maintenance corporations resolve disputes.

The contact information for this office is:

Christopher Curtin
Deputy Attorney General
302-577-6499

Here is the link to Common Interest Community Ombudsperson

For future reference, we also placed a link on our Resource Page under the State of Delaware subhead.

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Councilman Bob Weiner’s Community Meeting-Redevelopment Plan for Shell gas station, corner of Foulk & Silverside

Community Meeting Notice to Discuss 1800 Foulk Road Repurpose Plans
Monday December 14, 2015 at 7:00pm

Location: Brandywine Hundred Library, 1300 Foulk Road, Wilmington, DE 19803

Please share this notice with your friends and neighbors
Dear community leaders, residents and friends,

I am pleased to facilitate a community meeting for us on December 14, 2015 at 7:00pm at the Brandywine Hundred Library, 1300 Foulk Road, so that we as a community can learn about the proposed redesign of the existing Shell gasoline station located at 1800 Foulk Road. The developer has been working closely with the New Castle County Department of Land Use over the last several months regarding potential options and has prepared a preliminary concept plan to present to us.

This plan is a minor record plan. A minor record plan is reviewed and vetted in a short period of time by the New Castle County Land Use Department to determine if there is technical compliance with all codes. Thus, this community meeting is an important opportunity for us to both learn about the Shell Station redesign, as well as to let our County Land Use Department professional planners and Shell Station ownership hear our concerns.

Minor plans do not require County Council approval. If the plan complies with all laws and codes and passes New Castle County Land Use Department review, the plan must by law be approved.

Here is information about the proposed plan provided by the developer.

As submitted by Wills Group’s land use attorney, Shawn Tucker:

“Briana Jatlow, with The Wills Group, seeks to update the existing Shell station located on Foulk road between Silverside Road and Lanside Drive. The size of the parcel will not be expanded nor will the number of gasoline islands and pumps be expanded, however, the convenience store size is proposed to increase from 1,613 +/- square feet to 2,816 +/- square feet. The property is currently zoned correctly for the ongoing use of the property as a gasoline station and convenience store, but variances will be necessary. Plans for the proposal, including an updated architectural rendering of the proposed new building and associated new landscaping, will be presented at the scheduled community meeting. The proposed architectural rending includes a new brick building.”
For additional information or questions, you can contact The Wills Group’s land use attorney, Shawn Tucker Shawn.Tucker@dbr.com
We need to be certain that the site redesign is consistent with our community character, respectful of our traffic capacity, is walking and bike friendly, and architecturally enhances our community.

I invite all civic leaders and residents to attend. For information or questions, please contact my office at 302-395-8362.

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North Claymont Area Master Plan

Below is an invitation to Community Leaders from WILMAPCO regarding the
North Claymont Area Master Plan

Dear Community Leader:

I am writing to encourage your participation in the North Claymont Area Master Plan. On November 23, we invite you to take part in a focus group interview, along with community and business leaders such as yourself, to provide early input on your concerns and ideas for this important plan. The focus group will be held in the Darley House (3701 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE 19703) at 6 p.m. and should last approximately one hour.

The North Claymont Plan is being developed to assess the potential for a mixed use residential, commercial and industrial area designed to promote economic activity, make public transit successful, walking and bicycling convenient and safe, and provide for a vibrant, livable community. You may learn more about the project at www.wilmapco.org/NCAMP.

WILMAPCO is developing the Plan in partnership with New Castle County, Claymont Renaissance Development Corporation (CRDC), Delaware state agencies (Office of State Planning Coordination, DelDOT, DART, DNREC, and DECO), and the Claymont community. Your participation in a November 23 focus group interview will help the planning team learn about community interests, ideas and recommendations in advance of a future community visioning workshop.

Please RSVP, or have an appropriate member of your organization RSVP to Heather Dunigan at 302.737.6205, ext. 118 or email hdunigan@wilmapco.org. If you would prefer an individual telephone interview or would like a presentation to your organization, we would be happy to arrange this with you.

Sincerely,

Heather Dunigan
Heather Dunigan, Principal Planner

WILMAPCO
850 Library Ave., Suite 100, Newark, DE 19711
302/737-6205 ext. 118
hdunigan@wilmapco.org
www.wilmapco.org

www.facebook.com/WILMAPCO

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Community Meeting Notice To Discuss Preliminary Partial Redevelopment Plan for Concord Office Plaza, Silverside Road

Meeting Notice from Councilman Bob Weiner

When: Monday, December 7th, 2015 @ 7:00 pm

Location: Talleyville Fire Hall, 3919 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803

Dear community leaders and friends,

I am pleased to facilitate a community meeting on Monday, December 7th, 2015 at 7:00pm at the Talleyville Fire Hall so that we, as a community, can learn about the partial redevelopment plans for Concord Plaza. The developer has been working closely with the New Castle County Department of Land Use over the last several months regarding potential options and is now prepared to present a first draft plan to our community.

With the submission of the exploratory sketch plan by the applicant, this plan will soon move forward to New Castle County Council for introduction and a subsequent New Castle County Planning Board Public Hearing. The New Castle County Land Use Department will not schedule a Planning Board Public Hearing until after the State PLUS report has been reviewed by the New Castle County Land Use Department. For more details about the State of Delaware “PLUS” Review process, please visit www.stateplanning.delaware.gov/plus

The introduction of this plan legally requires a member of County Council to sponsor a formal Resolution of Introduction. This is a major land development plan which either must be sponsored by the councilperson of the district or by the County Council President. As district councilperson, I have opted to be the sponsor. Being a sponsor does not mean support; but enables me to control the progress of the plan through the County Council legislative process.

In our effort to keep you up to date on what is happening in our community, here is information about the proposed plan provided by the developer.

As submitted by Applicant Buccini/Pollin’s Attorney;

“With respect to the partial redevelopment of Concord Plaza, the applicant has not yet filed an Exploratory Plan with the Department of Land Use, but intends to do so shortly. The applicant is contemplating an exciting revival and rejuvenation of the Concord Plaza property by converting a large portion of this somewhat dated and under-utilized office park into a pedestrian-oriented and walkable mixed-use community.”

“The overall project involves demolishing approximately eight of the existing buildings and replacing them with luxury apartments (including numerous amenities for the residents) over specialty retail, restaurants, and cafes; as well as a new, state-of-the-art, signature office building. Approximately 370,000 square feet of existing office buildings will also remain, making this community a fully integrated and diverse mixed-use project, with many amenities, services, and pedestrian enhancements: both for residents and employees of this community.”

“We look forward to sharing the details of this project, as well as the architect’s plans, with the community, at the scheduled community meeting on Monday, December 7th, at 7:00 pm, at the Talleyville Fire Company.”

Larry J. Tarabicos
Larry@Tarabicosgrosso.com

Three of the proposed replacement buildings will be four stories tall and contain only housing. The other three buildings are proposed to be five stories in height with the ground floors home to about 40,000 square feet of retail space. Mr. Tarabicos reports “there will be high end type restaurants, mixed with shops and a café”, noting plans are still conceptual. New Castle County Code section 40.20.230.F, if applied by the County Land Use Department, would identify interconnections may be required as part of any application (e.g. to interconnect Brandywine Town Center parcel and Concord Plaza parcel).

Construction of a four story “signature” office building is also part of the plan, Mr. Tarabicos stated. It is important to note the proposal would not require a rezoning. However, the County Land Use Department professional planners will be in attendance at our community meeting and will be carefully considering our thoughtful comments and questions.

We as a community will be engaged in the public hearing process to assure that the future of these two sites ( Concord Plaza & Brandywine Country Club ) are consistent with community character, respectful of our traffic capacity, are walking and bike friendly, and architecturally enhance our community.

For additional information or questions, please contact my office at 302-395-8362.

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Community Meeting Notice To Discuss Preliminary Redevelopment Plan for the Brandywine Country Club

Meeting Notice from Councilman Bob Weiner

When: Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 7:00pm

Location: Brandywine High School Auditorium, 1400 Foulk Road, Wilmington, DE 19803

Dear community leaders and friends,

I am pleased to facilitate a community meeting on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 7:00pm at the Brandywine High School Auditorium, 1400 Foulk Road, so that we as a community, can learn about the redevelopment plans for the Brandywine Country Club. The developer has been working closely with the New Castle County Department of Land Use over the last several months regarding potential options and is now prepared to present a first draft plan to our community.

With the submission of an exploratory sketch plan by the applicant, this plan will soon move forward to New Castle County Council for introduction and a subsequent New Castle County Planning Board Public Hearing. The New Castle County Land Use Department will not schedule a Planning Board Public Hearing until after the State PLUS report has been reviewed by the New Castle County Land Use Department. For more details about the State of Delaware “PLUS” Review process, please visit www.stateplanning.delaware.gov/plus

The introduction of a plan legally requires a member of County Council to sponsor a formal Resolution of Introduction. This is a major land development plan which either must be sponsored by the councilperson of the district or by the County Council President. As district councilperson, I have opted to be the sponsor. Being a sponsor does not mean support; but enables me to control the progress of the plan through the County Council legislative process.

In our effort to keep you up to date on what is happening in our community, here is information about the proposed plan provided by the developer.

As submitted by Applicant Louis Capano III’s Attorney;

“As many are aware, the former Brandywine Country club parcel was sold by its members to Louis J. Capano III in 2012. The Country Club was, however, given free reign by the new owner to continue operations at an annual rent of $1 per year for a period of 4 years. Prior to the conclusion of this term, however, the Country Club advised the owner that it was ceasing operation of the golf course and related facilities immediately.”

“The property owner has been, for some time, preparing for this eventuality. Beginning in the spring of this year, and coordinating with District Councilman Bob Weiner and CCOBH President Bob Valihura, the property owner has been meeting with the Department Land Use to review and discuss potential development options for the property. These options, which are exclusively residential in character, have been refined to the point where the property owner wishes to seek public input on the plan prior to making any formal submission to the Department of Land Use.”

“The design proposals for the property provide for a mixture of housing options ranging from apartment units in the portion of the property adjacent to the Concord Square Shopping Center and the Widener Law School with attached homes located in the more central portions of the property. Single family homes, both smaller and larger lots, are planned for the portion of the property closest to Shipley Road.”

“The current proposal provides access to both Shipley Road and Concord Pike. An interconnection with the Concord Square Shopping Center is also being explored to promote the ability to travel to and from this Center without the need to use Concord Pike. A landscaped pedestrian walkway between Concord Pike and Shipley Road is also being proposed. The plan would meet the County’s landscaping and open space requirements, would meet or exceed required buffers against residential communities and would provide significant setbacks from Shipley Road.”

“We look forward to discussing these proposals with the community at the scheduled community meeting on Thursday, December 10th at 7:00, to be held in the Brandywine High School Auditorium.”
John E. Tracey
jtracey@ycst.com

The property is zoned for residential development and Louis Capano Jr. said that’s exactly what he and his son plan to do with the space. He said there are multiple concepts in the works, including a mix of apartments, twin homes and single homes. Capano also noted that he and his company are open to community input and providing the best use of the land available. “The community has great concerns about the traffic impact and the aesthetic concerns about architectural excellence and quality of design of the ground surrounding the proposal and the proposal itself ” Weiner said. New Castle County Code section 40.20.230.F, which if applied, would identify interconnections that may be required as part of any application (e.g. to interconnect Brandywine Country Club parcel and nearby communities and business parcels).

The property is zoned for residential development. The developer might seek a partial rezoning depending on what mix of apartments, homes or condos the developer seeks, Weiner said. The concepts discussed at the meeting were all residential. “We made it clear we would not support any non-residential uses,” Weiner said.

It is important to note residential use would not require a rezoning…unless rental apartment component is proposed to be in the mix. The County Land Use Department professional planners will be in attendance at our community meeting and will be carefully considering our thoughtful comments and questions.

We as a community will be engaged in the public hearing process to assure that the future of these two sites ( Concord Plaza & Brandywine Country Club ) are consistent with community character, respectful of our traffic capacity, are walking and bike friendly, and architecturally enhance our community.

For additional information or questions, please contact my office at 302-395-8362.

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Household Hazardous Waste/Electronics Recycling/Paper Shredding Event

Here is some information about an upcoming Household Hazardous Waste/Electronics Recycling and Paper Shredding Event this Saturday, October 31st, 8AM-2PM.

Here is the link

Also, please note:
Shredded paper IS recyclable ONLY when it is brought to an event like this – NOT when it is put into the regular recycle in a plastic bag already shredded.

Household Hazardous Waste      
Product containers marked with words, “Warning: Hazardous,” “Flammable,” “Poisonous,” “Corrosive” or “Explosive.” For example; household cleaners, garden pesticides, oil-based paints only (no latex paint will be accepted), nail polish, fluorescent bulbs, or antifreeze.
Electronic Goods Recycling
Electronic equipment such as, old computers, printers, CD players, microwaves, telephones, televisions, game boys, fax machines, answering machines, and VCRs.
Paper Shredding– Residents can bring up to 2 file boxes of personal confidential papers for shredding (financial and legal documents, receipts, and tax and medical records). Papers with staples or paper clips are accepted. All events are restricted to Delaware residents and are held rain or shine
 
Event Date: Saturday, October 31, 2015
Time: 08:00AM–02:00PM
Location: University of Delaware-Campus Guard Building
550 S. College Avenue
Newark, DE
New Castle County
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DNREC Homeowner Assistance Program-Removing Old Underground Tanks

Out with the Old – In with the New
By Amy Bryson and Christina Wirtz

DNREC’s new heating fuel underground storage tank closure assistance program helps homeowners remove old underground tanks.

The article can be found in the Fall, 2015 edition of Outdoor Delaware

Here is the link to the article on page 24.

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Community Forestry Training Survey – your input is needed

The following may be of interest to members of our community

Dear Community Tree Advocates:

Penn State Extension Urban Forestry Program in partnership with DCNR Bureau of Forestry is planning a comprehensive program to train and assist municipal shade tree commissioners and staff (including managers, arborists, foresters, public works and parks staff, community tree advocates and volunteers) gain knowledge and skills in the effective management of public trees in Pennsylvania communities to maximize environmental, social, and economic benefits. This training would cover 20 topics and may be offered over several days or various formats including live and web-based.

In order for us to plan the training, we would like you to fill out this survey. Even if you are not sure about attending this training, please take the time to complete the survey so we can plan future educational programs. We plan on providing the training live and recording the lectures for use via the internet for future online training opportunities.

Please open the survey with the link below. There are just 13 simple questions.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Communityforestry

If you have already received this email through another source and completed the survey, we thank you for your input. If you have not yet completed this survey, please consider taking a few moments to let us know how we can better tailor this program to meet your needs.

Thank you,
Julianne Schieffer
Urban Forester, Southeast region
and
Brian Wolyniak
Urban Forester, Southwest region
Penn State Extension

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