A group of concerned citizens who formed an alliance to educate and organize locals about the land sale and development of the Groome United Methodist Church 135 acre parcel on New Road. Since our formation several other developments have been proposed, including townhomes on the Brittingham property by Canary Creek and a commercial rezoning request on Old Orchard Road. We must unite as neighbors to have input. The people we have spoken to have been overwhelmingly in support of preserving the New Road corridor along the Great Marsh. Visit our "Meetings" page for upcoming meeting information and our "How To Help" page to get involved.
As citizens of the great first town in the first state, we are working to preserve the New Road corridor that abuts the Great Marsh, our last open natural area east of route one in Lewes. Once this land is developed it is gone forever. Neither the water table or the road can withstand the potential for so many new homes on this now open space. We cannot sit quietly and watch the beauty that has attracted so many to our lovely town be destroyed, as we are dedicated to preservation in Lewes.
In an effort to encourage the Groome Methodist Church to reverse its' decision to sell their property on New Road for development, and instead sell it for conservation, the New Road Preservation Alliance collected over a thousand petition signatures and presented them to church officials and local government officials. We also presented our concerns at a public meeting in December 2017.Unfortunately, these efforts failed and the sale has moved forward. The development is scheduled for the Sussex County Planning and Zoning on 11/29/18. Please send emails and letters!Our goal and focus now is to encourage Sussex County, and the City of Lewes, to manage development through the use of wetlands buffers and responsible development to help lessen the impact of development on the Great Marsh. We also urge the coity and county to slow down on approving development until the roads and infrastructure are improved, for the safety of Lewes residents.Join our mailing list by subscribing below. Please visit our "How To Help" page to see what you can do to help.
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