CHAPTER 624

SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 24

RELATIVE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAYS AND TRANSPORTATION DELAYING FURTHER ACTION REGARDING THE EXTENSION OF BROWNLEAF ROAD IN NEW CASTLE COUNTY.

WHEREAS, Brownleaf Road which presently bisects the developments of Foxchase (150 homes) and Birchwood Park (250 homes) near Newark was originally designed as a closed residential street leading to a dead end; and

WHEREAS, the new development, Sherwood Forest (proposed 238 homes) is presently being constructed just south and contiguous to Foxchase and Birchwood Park whereby Brownleaf Road will be continued south to Chopin Road; and

WHEREAS, Brownleaf Road will become a thoroughfare and no longer a self-contained residential community street; and

WHEREAS, the residents of these named areas have owned homes and property for years and fear depreciation of said properties; and

WHEREAS, the residents' children on Brownleaf Road play near their homes and near the street; and

WHEREAS, residents of the 150 homes of Foxchase must cross Brownleaf Road to use the only park in the neighborhood; and

WHEREAS, 98 percent of the present 35 homes in Sherwood Forest, 95 percent of residents in Birchwood Park and Foxchase have signed petitions indicating they do not wish Brownleaf Road to be opened from Route 273 (26,000 cars per day) to Chopin Road leading to numerous large apartment complexes, Christiana High School, Salem Church Road and Route 40; and

WHEREAS, it is anticipated that Brownleaf Road will be used by non-residents to avoid traffic congestion spots as Ogle-town and University Plaza Shopping Center; and

WHEREAS, residents of an established community should reserve the right to be the final judge of the best use of traffic patterns in their own neighborhood; and

WHEREAS, the present builder of Sherwood Forest has no objections to the purpose of this resolution; and

WHEREAS, the residents of these areas face long, arduous and unnecessary expensive litigation in order to achieve their objectives.

NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE Senate of the 127th General Assembly of the State of Delaware, the House of Representatives concurring therein that the Department of Highways and Transportation is hereby requested to respect the wishes of 400 homeowners of Birchwood Park, Foxchase and Sherwood Forest by allowing Brownleaf Road to remain closed permanently.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Planning of New Castle County is hereby requested to respect the wishes of 400 homeowners of Birchwood Park, Foxchase and Sherwood Forest by allowing Brownleaf Road to remain closed permanently.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be made a part of the Senate and House Journals and that a copy be forwarded to the Secretary of the Department of Highways and Transportation and the New Castle County Council.

Approved June 5, 1973.