April 1,  2009

No so fast, county says
about name change

It takes more to change a name than first meets the eye, a county official has told Commonwealth Group. 

In an e-mail to Donald Robitzer, a sales official with the development firm, James Smith, assistant general manager of the county Department of Land Use, said there is a process which must be followed before Renaissance Village can become Darley Green.

Robitzer announced the name change, which he said was made to make marketing the development easier, at a recent meeting of the Claymont Design Revenue Advisory Committee.

Smith said two-thirds of the property owners in a development had to sign a petition favoring doing so before a name change could move forward. That should pose no problems because, presumably, Commonwealth or a corporate affiliate is sole owner of the 67-acre tract.

The petition and a $100 application fee and an $18 recording fee have to be submitted to the department through the office of the local County Council member -- in this case, John Cartier.

The department will then check with the U.S. Postal Service and the county's emergency services communications center -- the 9-1-1 center -- to see if they're cool with the change. It they are, the department will draft a resolution which then must be introduced by Cartier and approved by a majority Council. Such resolutions are routinely approved.

After the resolution is duly recorded by the recorder of deeds' office, Renaissance Village will officially become Darley Green.

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