GEORGETOWN – In preparation for the drafting of Sussex County’s 2018 Comprehensive Plan, the League of Women Voters of Sussex County will hold its 12th public forum: “Affordable Housing & Substandard Housing Issues,” on Wednesday, March 22.
The forum will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the County Council Chambers, 2 The Circle, Georgetown.
Three speakers will present at the forum: Trish Kelleher, Executive Director of the Delaware Housing Coalition and the Sussex County Housing Alliance; Melody Taylor, Housing and Urban Development Branch Chief for Region II and Sussex native; and Brad Whaley, Director of Sussex County’s Fair Housing Compliance Department.
Following these presentations is a 45-minute moderated Q&A session with questions submitted by the public.
Ms. Kelleher will address the overall problem of the housing issues currently faced by Sussex residents.
Ms. Taylor will discuss what other jurisdictions are doing to address similar problems, as well as what strategies and ordinances are recommended for Sussex County Council to consider in preparing for the 2018 Comprehensive Plan.
Mr. Whaley focus on the role of the Sussex Community Development Office in supporting affordable housing initiatives. Throughout, the importance of the public’s role in drafting Sussex County’s 2018 Comp Plan will be stressed.
Since 2015, the League has conducted five educational workshops and six forums for Sussex County residents related to the drafting of the 2018 Comprehensive Plan. Participants in the educational workshops indicated that they wanted communities which are sustainable and livable, where people can thrive and the quality of life can be enhanced for all.
At the forums which follow, Sussex residents are learning how to convert this vision into the county’s 2018 Comprehensive Plan by making their voices heard. A plan that provides coordinated development of housing for all income levels, enhanced economic vitality, protection of natural resources and open space, adequate storm and wastewater management, and efficient transportation systems is the ultimate goal.
The LWVSC’s next two land use forums will be held on April 26 and May 24 from 7 p.m.to 9 p.m. in county council chambers. Forums will feature topics and speakers that continue to explore how the 2008 Comprehensive Plan can best be developed to support Sussex residents.
Visit www.sussexlwv.org for more information and to view prior forum presentations.
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