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
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.