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Petition Against 2021-05 Unity Branch

Petition Summary: Requesting Unity Branch Development increase the distance between Independence and Unity Branch by 50 feet and that this buffer remain wooded.

We, the undersigned, residents of Sussex County, Delaware, request that the proposed Unity Branch Development increase its wooded buffer that borders the Independence Development lots 233-257 on Patrick Henry Circle, Andrew Jackson Drive and Francis Marion Court for the following reasons:

Most Independence residents have paid $25,000 premiums, some even higher, for a wooded lot to ensure their privacy.

Unity Branch development's proposed 30’ buffer is not a sufficiently dense buffer as it consists of evergreen and deciduous trees creating an area that is sparse at eye level. To insure privacy for both developments, we request the buffer consist of a minimum 3-row, staggered planting consisting of shrubs, conifers and hardwood trees be added or remain as part with the shrub line closest to the Independence property line, then the conifers in the middle, and finally any hardwoods on the Unity Branch development side of the line. The deforestation of trees beyond the 30’ buffer will rob residents of their privacy and possibly devalue their property.

The clearing of trees on the Unity Branch border with Independence could adversely impact already existing drainage issues for Independence residents who have been experiencing flooding problems.

An 80’ wooded buffer of mature trees enables both Independence residents and Unity Branch residents to have a natural barrier, ensuring their privacy and comfort. It will also provide the developer of Unity Development the opportunity to sell wooded lots at a premium.

Since Schell Brothers is the developer of both properties, it is in their control and best interest to create a harmonious environment.


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