Elements of UDC clarified by County Council

By Jim Hilgen 10:11pm, January 8, 2013 - Updated 12:19am, January 9, 2013
WDEL's Jim Hilgen talks with David Culver of NCCo's Land Use department.
County Council cleans up some muddy language in the Unified Development Code.

WDEL's Jim Hilgen reports.

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A loophole in the code could have left residents in new developments with a huge financial burden.

A measure, plugging that gap, was approved during council's latest session.

Land Use department manager David Culver says the issue is one where developers could turn over roadways and open space before civic associations are in place to handle maintenance.

"We don't think it's fair to the residents until the subdivision is completed that things should be turned over where they don't have the ability to collect maintenance association dues to take care of the required maintenance that would be on the streets, or on the open space," says Culver.

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Culver says there was a potential for problems on two fronts.

"One is, we're working with DelDOT on making sure that in a subdivision, until a maintenance corporation is formed and capable of maintaining the snow removal on the roads, that we're asking them not to allow the acceptance of those roads until such time," he says.

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Culver says the second issue is making sure developers are adhering to the county thresholds for turning over private open space.

He says the change approved by council makes certain all parties are on the same page.

In other business, Councilman Bill Bell introduced a bill that would use $344,000 in federal grants to install in-car cameras in County Police vehicles.

Bell says those funds should equip about 75 patrol cars.

The measure comes up for a vote during council's January 22nd meeting.

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