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Sussex Co. May Make Tighter Building Height Restrictions

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SUSSEX CO., Del. - Sussex County could soon make tighter restrictions when it comes to building height. Tuesday, the County Council, the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Adjustment held a joint workshop to discuss the matter.

Councilman Vance Phillips says the Planning and Zoning Commission previously voted on an ordinance that would limit the height of any buildings paid for with public funds, such as hospitals, to 60 feet, and all other buildings to 42 feet. The current ordinance allows public and semi-public or public service buildings to be built up to 60 feet, which allowed private buildings, such as hotels, to get away with the 60 feet restriction. The new ordinance would reportedly make the definition of "public" a little more clear.

Councilman Phillips says the main concerns have to do with the county turning into an area like Ocean City, that has a lot of high-rise buildings. However, at Tuesday's workshop, Phillips says the benefits of tall buildings were also discussed, which includes the way they serve the aging population and afford a greater use of public transportation.

The County Council will reportedly vote on the matter in the coming weeks and Phillips tells 47 ABC he feels that it will be a very close vote.

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