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Sussex County Council adopts 2018 comprehensive plan

Dec 4, 2018

Sussex County Council approved its new Comprehensive Plan Tuesday.


The 280-page, 2018 plan replaces the county’s 2008 plan. It includes more than 100 strategies for council to reference as it moves forward on issues like land use, conservation and economic development over the next decade.


The ordinance was adopted by a vote of 4 to 1.


In a statement, County Administrator Todd Lawson called this a  “momentous occasion for the county.” He adds the county can now look forward to “significant challenges but tremendous opportunity in the decade ahead.”

The comprehensive plan allows for the creation of an agribusiness district that would add ag uses for some low-density areas.


It also includes potential initiatives to overhaul County land use to protect wetlands, forests and water quality.


Another piece is the creation of economic development zones, encouraging private investment in specific communities.


The plan now only requires certification from Gov. Carney.