How to Help

Attend a Meeting

One of the most important thing s you can do as a stakeholder is attend meetings and speak or submit comments. 

There are some very important meetings on the horizon for Groome and other properties on New Road. 


 Click Here for meeting information and alerts for future meetings. 

Write A Letter

Are you passionate about this issue? If so, please consider writing a Letter to the Editor to the Cape Gazette, state and local officials, or other area media. 

Every voice helps. 

CLICK HERE for Letter Writing List and Topics

Volunteer or Get Alerts

Subscribe by sending a message from our Home Page to join our movement or offer your talents to assist this cause. 

You can also contact us to get on our list for future alerts. Just send us a message letting us know your interest.

Sign our Petitions

Join over a thousand of your neighbors who have signed our petitions. Click Here to link to our Petitions page.

Donate

We are accepting donations to help cover costs for website, advertising, and printing. If you would like to contribute, donations can be made payable to "New Road Preservation Alliance" and mailed: 

C/O Douglas Spelman, 121 Samantha Drive Lewes, DE  19958 

Please note that at this time we are not filed as a 501C-3 and therefore not tax deductible.  Your donation is just that, a donation!

Letter Writing Campaign

Write Letters to Support Preserving New Road

  

Please support our cause and voice your concerns to the officials and media below, or to others of your choosing. The suggested requests and topics below are merely suggestions. We encourage you to voice any additional concerns you may have. 

Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission about Groome Development

Contact before the scheduled 11/29/18 Public Hearing  for the Groome Property to let P & Z hear your concerns. We need to voice our traffic, safety, environnmental, flooding, infrastructure, historical/archaeological, and other concerns regarding  proposed developments. 

Email the commission via this link: 

https://sussexcountyde.gov/planning-zoning-commission

(Click the  word "Here"  at the bottom of the header section to email all commission members)

 

Here are some possible topic ideas- 

  

· Increases Traffic & Safety/Inadequate Roadway/Canary Creek Bridge- County approving development before road is improved and bridge is replaced 

· The impact of  new homes/paved streets/impervious surfaces on flooding in New Road Neighborhoods. 

· Impact on the Great Marsh. 

· Archaeology and historical artifacts 

· Impact on well water and septic in surrounding neighborhoods

· Preserving the natural beauty and quality of life on New Road- We are quickly losing our open space and farm We need to voice our traffic, safety, environmental, flooding, infrastructure, historical/archaeological, and other concerns regarding the proposed development of the Groome Property. 



Letters to the Editor of the Cape Gazette

  

Ideas for topics/questions to raise in letters:

• Will the archeological studies being conducted by the developer at the Groome parcel be released to the public?  This property is historically important and we need to insure preservation of native American and colonial graves and artifacts. 

• The need to preserve the Great Marsh properties that are so significant to the survival of its unique ecosystem and bird population along the Mid Atlantic Flyway.

• The state Open Space Council should preserve Great Marsh properties near New Rd. 

• New Road floods during minor storms and is impassable at Canary Creek. We are experiencing more and more flooding in the neighborhoods near the Great Marsh, and need to address this before more developments are approved. 

• DelDOT is planning a new bridge on New Road over Canary Creek, but this needs to be in place before new homes are approved. New Road must also be reinstated by DelDOT as an evacuation route before building more homes. 

Email Letters to: newsroom@capegazette.com

Letters to Sussex County Council

  

Ask our county officials to: 

• Improve stormwater, water quality control, and enforcement with updated ordinances

• Support increased buffers and the needed ordinance to take wetland acreage out of the equation when approving number of homes. 

Amend zoning codes to consider compatibility with nearby neighborhoods and move toward reducing density of new development

Email all Sussex County Council members: https://sussexcountyde.gov/county-council  (Click "Email County Council" in upper right corner to get a form to email all council members at once) 

You can also contact :

Todd Lawson, County Administrator- tlawson@sussexcountyde.gov

 

Letters to City of Lewes Officials

Amend the current annexation zones to reduce density and make  development more compatible with adjacent Lewes neighborhoods.  The present zoning table does not truly reflect the stated mission of creating a zone that transitions from county to city when it allows for higher density than is permitted in adjacent neighborhoods. 

Ask the Lewes City Council to: 

  • Use due diligence and caution when granting permits for construction in the north end of Lewes, in order to preserve the environment and the character of the New Road corridor and the Great Marsh. Urge the City of Lewes to use caution in annexation issues and be sure not to allow development that is out of keeping with adjacent neighborhoods in the City of Lewes. 
  • Amend the current annexation zones to reduce density and make  development more compatible with adjacent Lewes neighborhoods.  The present zoning table does not truly reflect the stated mission of creating a zone that transitions from county to city when it allows for higher density than is permitted in adjacent neighborhoods. 
  • Request that the city amend their zoning codes to remove ALL wetlands from density calculations for permitted number of homes. 
  • Request that the Mayor and City Council reverse their decision to exempt the Brittingham property (Lewes Waterfront Preserve) from proposed changes to the density calculation of the Annexation Residential (AX-RES) zone.  Visit Brittingham page for more information


Contact: 

Mayor and City Council: http://www.ci.lewes.de.us/index.cfm?ref=20300



   

Letters to State Officials

  

Ask our state officials to:

• Retain State Open space funding designated for purchase of property near the Great Marsh

• Continue to support and fund the New Road Byway

Contact: 

Senator Ernie Lopez- ernesto.lopez@state.de.us 

Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf- peter.schwartzkopf@state.de.us

Rep Steve Smyk- steve.smyk@state.de.us

DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin- shawn.garvin@state.de.us 

Governor John Carney- john.carney@state.de.us