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Land Use

Since January 2015, the LWVSC of DE Land Use Committee has focused on educating the public regarding the pivotal role the residents of Sussex County have in the drafting of the state mandated Sussex County 2018 Comprehensive Plan. In May 2016, county administrator Todd Lawson stated that the 2018 Comp Plan needs to be a completely new document and not merely a redraft of the existing 2008 Comp Plan.

All forums are to be held on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm in County Council Chambers in Georgetown. A moderated Q&A period will follow each panel's presentation with questions submitted by members of the audience.

The Land Use Committee urges every resident to check out the County's website for additional information, to complete the Sussex Plan Survey to make your views known to your elected officials, and to sign up to receive notices of relevant County meetings and workshops via email. In addition, at all of Sussex's Planning & Zoning meetings, usually held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, the agenda features an update and discussion of the 2018 Comprehensive Plan, with opportunity for public comment during the discussion period. All residents are welcome to attend and state their concerns.

The League of Women Voters of Sussex County held a public Land Use Forum on Wednesday, September 13th, entitled: "2018 Comprehensive Plan Economic Development in Sussex: What and Where?"

It was the 15th in our series of public forums focusing on educating the public and encouraging all Sussex residents to become involved in the drafting of the 2018 Comprehensive Plan.

The speakers and the links to their power point presentations follow:

Bill Pfaff - Sussex County Economic Development Director Economic Development in Sussex
Jack Berberian - Founder & CEO Troy Ventures Economic Development
Ken Bounds - Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Planning for Agriculture in Sussex County
Scott Thomas - Southern DE Tourism Executive Director The Value of Tourism


The power point presentations from the LWVSC forum entitled, "Will the Comprehensive Plan Have Teeth", held at Sussex County Council Chambers on May 24, 2017, follow:

Max Walton, Attorney and Senior Fellow in the University of Delaware's Institute of Public Administration, Delaware Comprehensive Plan Laws

Linda P. Raab, Senior Land-Use Planner at the University of Delaware's Institute for Public Administration, Achieving Vision, Goals & Objectives of the Comprehensive Plan

The power point presentations from the public land use forum entitled "Looking Back - Looking Forward: 2008-2018 Comprehensive Plans: Environmental Element" at County Council Chambers, held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, follow;

Carol Bason, Environmental scientist, former volunteer at the Center for the Inland Bays, Looking Back to 2008,

Chris Bason, Executive Director, Center for the Inland Bays, 2016 - State of the Delaware Inland Bays,

Susan Love, DNREC Principal Planner for Climate and Resiliency, Climate Change in Delaware


The available power point presentations from the public land use forum entitled "Affordable Housing & Substandard Housing Issues" at County Council Chambers, held on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, follow;

Trish Kelleher, Executive Director of the DE Housing Coalition,Who Can Afford To Live In Sussex County?

Joseph Neutzling, Legal Services Corp of Delaware

Brad Whaley, Director of the Sussex County Community Development Office.


The information from the 3 talks given at our public land use forum entitled "The Developers' Perspective: An Effective 2018 Comprehensive Plan" at County Council Chambers, on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, follows:

Preston Schell, CEO of Ocean Atlantic Companies, A Developer's Perspective

Sarah Keifer, Kent County Director of Planning, What Is Comprehensive Planning

Nick Hammonds, Jack Lingo Asset Management, LWVSC Forum Presentation


The powerpoint presentations from the three talks given at the Land Use forum entitled "What Drives DelDot? - Part 2" at County Council Chambers on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 follow:

Jennifer Cohan, DelDOT Secretary

Todd Lawson, Sussex County Administrator

Drew Boyce, DelDOT Director of Planning