REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – Now in the process of developing its comprehensive development plan, Rehoboth Beach government wants to ask its visitors, business owners and residents what you want to see with the town in the coming decade.
As part of that process, commissioners and Mayor Paul Kuhns held a meeting with the planning commission in attendance. Rehoboth commissioners offered their ideas before the meeting was opened up to public comment.
A number of Rehoboth Beach residents voiced concerns regarding the city’s zoning ordinances, with one former commissioner claiming they are “all over the place.”
Jan Konesey says there are ways to do zoning that preserve and protect the community, while allowing home owners flexibility.
“It will give them clear and concise direction on what they can and cannot do with their property. It will provide a framework for growth in the future so that we have a vision of what we want the town to look like.”
Kuhns offered ideas of his own, and mentioned the potential transitioning operation of the city’s wastewater treatment plant to the county.
One resident disagreed with transitioning operations to the county, arguing that in the long-term this would be a big financial mistake to make.
“We must really be careful when we start giving away our wastewater system, because that is a cash cow down the road,” said Jay Lagree.
Lagree went on to argue for raised rate fees as the cost of supplying services goes up with inflation.
“We have to change our fees according to what it costs to do that.”
Gary Glass was the last resident to speak to commissioners, he wanted to stress the importance of the city’s residential areas saying he feels too much emphasis is being put on the business community.
“Let’s look at ways that we can retain and improve our residential community and not commercialize it.”
Another big issue for Rehoboth Beach is its parking. Kuhns says that between a thorough analysis of the city’s parking, along with the potential for a new parking garage, there could be up to 300 spots added in the city.
Many other topics were discussed at Monday’s meeting, including the city’s go green initiative, city maintenance, and defining the city’s culture as Rehoboth is going through a transition period.
Locals will soon have another chance to offer input, as the planning commission is crafting a survey to send out to residents, business owners and visitors. The comprehensive plan will be presented by the planning commission in July of next year.