Well, the public has had their initial say regarding the comprehensive land-use plans for Sussex County, and now the consulting firm the county has hired will get to work implementing a plan that will protect environmentally-sensitive areas, spike economic development and improve the general infrastructure for residents of this county.
This is not an easy task.
For the county to run properly, and to prosper, income is needed. A big source of that revenue is transfer taxes, which come in large quantities from new developments being built and sold. The county is reliant on this happening, and hopeful there will be much more in the future so they can add new staff, give more money to emergency services and finance ambitious projects, like sewer and water.
However, the flip side is that there is a balance that is needed to appease residents in quality-of-life issues, as well as make sure that there is not too big a difference between the number of homes being built, and the reality of our roads and current sewer systems.
It’s a juggling act, to be sure.
We are all impacted by this plan, if we live here year-round, use this area as a second home or just make it our perfect vacation spot. We all drive the roads. We all use the sewer available to us. And we all like the face of this area as it is.
But, maybe more important than the plan that is eventually adopted by county officials is the manner in which it is followed by the decision-makers. The plan that will go into effect is one that is designed by professional consultants and handmade to tailor the needs and wishes of this community — as well as protect environmentally-sensitive areas as described by the state.
It will be created for a reason, and it’s critically important that Sussex County Council follows it.
If an area calls for two homes an acre, then it calls for two homes an acre for a reason. The same can be said for all the other zoning possibilities. It’s vital that Sussex County Council pay attention to these zoning decisions, because they are being created based on our specific needs.
Let the law stand, once it’s set. If developers know what they can do before they purchase a tract of land, they can make an informed decision. If a person is building a house and can see what’s zoned around him or her, that person can make an informed decision.
It’s the fair thing to do, and it’s what is best for all of us.
The Coastal Point is pleased to welcome back Beth Long to the family. Beth was one of the original staffers of the Point, and her return is one we all cherish in this office.