LWV forum provides insight in comprehensive plan draft

GEORGETOWN – In anticipation of the drafting of the 2018 Comprehensive Plan, the League of Women Voters of Sussex County hosted a forum on March 16 to provide the community with insight into what it takes to create healthy, friendly, and efficient living environments for Sussex County.

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“Neighborhoods with small stores that are accessible by walking and biking are attractive, resilient and healthy places to live,” said Marcia Scott, of the Planning for Complete Communities.

Ms. Scott is a Policy Scientist from the University of Delaware, Institute for Public Administration. For more information on her work visit www.completecommunitiesDE.org.

James Wilson of Bike Delaware reminded the audience that to develop that type of community, “Delaware’s state and local governments must work together, bringing the state-managed transportation department in collaboration with the local planning boards and councils.”

Toward that end, Mr. Wilson is promoting Senate Bill 130, Healthy and Transit Friendly Development Act. Visit www.bikede.org for more information on how to support this effort.

John Mateyko, President, Lewes Partnership for Managing Growth, mentioned that Delaware has the lowest average elevation of all 50 states. As such, Delaware must address sea level rise by including tight regulations for sustainable growth in our 2018 Comprehensive Plan.   He ended his discussion with the formula, “Decarbonization + Walkability = Quality of Life.

Mike Tyler, former chair of the Citizens’ Coalition, wrapped up with a discussion of Sussex County’s Moderately Priced Housing Ordinance. This ordinance was adopted in 2006, and has never been implemented, Mr. Tyler said.

“Affordable housing has to be made mandatory in our 2018 Comprehensive Plan,” said Mr. Tyler. “The people who benefit are area professionals like nurses, policemen, and teachers who need support at the outset of their careers and we, Sussex County, who need to attract those same people for healthy, thriving communities.”

The League’s next land use forum “What Drives DelDot?” will be held on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, County Council Chambers, Georgetown, DE.  Find more information at www.sussexlwv.org.

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