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Botanic Garden in Delaware's Sussex County moving forward

Residents of Sussex County may be interested in learning about the proposed Delaware Botanic Gardens, which will be located near Dagsboro along Pepper Creek. Sources report the project is moving forward and that architects, developers and planners have now been hired.

The development will take up 37 acres of waterfront property in southeastern Sussex County along Piney Neck Road. The developers have assembled a team of renowned landscape architects. The site includes an upland meadow that was recently farmed as well as mature trees in sloping land down towards the water.

The goal of the project is to preserve and utilize the natural plant varieties of the area. When completed, it will include a sustainable garden for the benefit of the public along with a visitor's center. In 2015, the project raised more than $1 million in grant funding towards the project. The project will receive additional grant funding of $250,000 if it can raise another $500,000 by March 2017. The projected total cost is around $4.1 million.

Large development projects such as this one may require zoning variances and special use permits. Developers who are interested in a project in a specific location may want to get help from a real estate attorney who can research the applicable zoning ordinances of the desired location. If a variance is needed, legal counsel can submit the required applications and give public notice. An attorney may also advocate for the variance's approval at hearings before the zoning board. If it appears unlikely that a variance will be granted, a lawyer may help the client find an alternate location that would be suitable for the project.

Source: Cape Gazette, "Delaware Botanic Gardens plans gaining traction," Dennis Forney, March 4, 2016.

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