Sussex LWV’s first land use forum March 16

GEORGETOWN – The League of Women Voters of Sussex County on Wednesday, March 16 will hold its first 2016 Land Use Forum entitled “Educating for Wise Growth in Sussex County: Planning Concepts” to be considered in drafting the 2018 Comprehensive Plan.

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The forum will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Sussex County Council Chambers, located in the county administration building at 2 The Circle, Georgetown.

Since January 2015, the LWVSC has been conducting free countywide forums to educate the public on important land use issues and encourage public participation in the drafting of Sussex County’s 2018 Comprehensive Plan.

The first speaker will be Marcia Scott, policy scientist at the University of Delaware, who will offer a Power Point presentation, “Planning for Complete Communities.”

As a policy scientist with the Institute for Public Administration (IPA), Ms. Scott has a broad range of expertise in public policy analysis, land use and transportation planning, economic development, and grants management.

After that, Bike Delaware’s James Wilson, who coordinated the development of the concept of Senate Bill 130: Community Enterprise Districts with DelDOT, LWVDE and the American Heart Association among others, will discuss the purpose and merits of this proposed legislation.

The recently tabled Senate Bill 130 has been re-titled the “Healthy and Transit-Friendly Development Act.” It is expected to be re-introduced in a subsequent legislative session.

John Mateyko, an architect and urban designer specializing in sustainability and currently serving as president of the Lewes Partnership for Managing Growth, will follow. Mr. Mateyko will describe the importance of a professional planning process that includes all stakeholders.

Lastly, Mike Tyler, former president of the nonprofit countywide Citizens’ Coalition will discuss the importance of incorporating ordinances that support moderate-income housing in the upcoming 2018 Comprehensive Plan.

Mr. Tyler participated in the citizen committee that developed the Sussex County Moderately Priced Housing ordinance.

Presentations will be followed by a 45-minute moderated question/answer session with questions submitted by the public. The moderator will be LWVDE Land Use Committee chair Peggy Schultz.

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