Millsboro OKs height increase to attract hotel interest along U.S. 113


MILLSBORO – The town of Millsboro’s friendly approach to business is raising the roof in hopes of attracting hotel interest along DuPont Boulevard.

Town council at its Nov. 6 meeting approved several zoning changes, one being an increase in building height from 35 feet to 60 feet in the highway commercial district for hotels.

“That is kind of big news, at least from the town’s perspective,” said Millsboro Town Manager Sheldon Hudson.

At council’s July meeting, Millsboro Mayor John Thoroughgood proposed the increase in height increase for hotels. He noted that it is not feasible for larger hotel/motels chains to build with a maximum height limit of just three stories.

“You’re not going to sell a hotel to the town with just three stories. It’s not going to happen,” Mayor Thoroughgood said at the July 3 meeting.

The height increase is exclusive to the U.S. 113/highway commercial district and only for hotels.

“That is an important detail, just for hotels in the highway commercial district,” Mr. Hudson said.

Millsboro town council Nov. 6 approved several zoning changes; one that increases maximum parking lot coverage from 30 percent to 50 percent in the town’s highway commercial district.

Zoning changes approved by council also include an increase in maximum parking lot coverage from 30 percent to 50 percent in the highway commercial district.

Two recent retail development proposals – DuPont Plaza and a Tractor Supply store in the works – now fall under that 50-percent umbrella, having previously been over the previous 30-percent parking lot coverage maximum.

“It will be a nice business-friendly move because now developers won’t have to come before the board of adjustment as often and request a variance,” said Mr. Hudson. “What we were finding is we were getting a lot of requests for parking lot coverage. This way it will save them a little money and it will speed up the process. I think it’s a good thing.”

Kyle Gulbronson, the town’s consultant from AECOM, has previously said 50-percent maximum parking lot coverage is kind of an industry standard in this day and age.

“In a sense, we are modernizing things and just making the town a little bit more business friendly,” said Mr. Hudson.

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