Ocean City Today

Commissioners split on Sea Oaks

By Brian Gilliland | Oct 05, 2017

(Oct. 6, 2017) The Worcester County Commissioners disagreed more about how to schedule a public hearing on the Sea Oaks residential planned community proposed for the westerly side of Route 611 north of Sinepuxent Road more than they did the nature of the project itself.

Commissioners Jim Bunting, Ted Elder and Chip Bertino took issue with scheduling the public hearing before 139 sewer EDUs had been secured for the site.

If the wastewater capacity has not been secured, or the application for those EDUs is not approved by the Water and Sewer Committee, the public hearing would be moot.

“I don’t like scheduling the hearing before we have all the information,” Bertino said.

Assistant County Administrator Kelly Shannahan said the normal procedure for scheduling was modified to meet advertising guidelines for the applicant.

Several other public hearings are scheduled for the same meeting of the commissioners on Nov. 7.

Commissioners Merrill Lockfaw, Diana Purnell, Joe Mitrecic and Bud Church didn’t mind the change, with the understanding that the hearing would be canceled should the applicant fail to meet any of its obligations.

The application was submitted by Six Eleven Properties LLC, and describes a residential planned community composed of 135 unit townhouse development and two mixed-use commercial buildings totaling 24,000 square feet.

The commercial buildings would front on Route 611, with the townhomes extending westward behind them. There is only one entrance and exit to the neighborhood, according to the proposal, and is the same road that would serve both commercial structures.

The project was given a favorable review by the Planning Commission during its Sept. 7 meeting, according to Ed Tudor, director of development review and permitting.

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