Lewes Planning Commission Hosts Water Workshop

February 21st, 2019 - 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Lewes Planning Commission to host Water Workshop
Feb. 21 at Rollins Community Center

The members of the Lewes Planning Commission (LPC) will host its first Water Workshop on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Rollins Community Center, 111 Adams Street, Lewes. Ten speakers from state agencies, conservancies, the insurance field, engineering, and the Lewes Board of Public Works are slated as presenters.

The purpose of the Water Workshop is to learn about how water affects the City of Lewes as viewed by several scientific and other related disciplines, including stormwater management, floodplain management, wetlands, buffers, impervious surfaces, and flood insurance. It is through understanding how each complex subject - naturally occurring water issues, issues of development, and implementation of best-management practices - interacts with the others that will enable the LPC to recommend long-term protections of the health, safety, and welfare of our community.

The presentations and discussions are intended to be informative and general; the presenters will not answer questions about specific sites or parcels. The speakers will address general and theoretical problems, solutions, and examples.

The event will run as follows: 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., registration and open workshop session; 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., introductions, formal session for questions and answers.

LPC Chairman Drew McKay said that the LPC is hosting this workshop to be more proactive when dealing with complex planning issues in our community.

"The Lewes Planning Commission wants to take a comprehensive look at the land use issues in Lewes, instead of being purely reactive to specific applications," he said. "In Lewes and elsewhere in Sussex County, we are facing difficult issues including dealing with tidal waters, groundwater, and stormwater coupled with intensive development pressure. Having input and advice a team of experts on these subjects will be a benefit to the commission and all citizens. "

LPC Vice-Chairman Kay Carnahan and organizer of this workshopnoted that, “This is just a first step in what will be an on-going effort to address these issues by the LPC. It would be really beneficial to have such events on many issues that affect us all."

A snow date for the event is set for Tuesday, Feb. 26, same time and place.

For information, call Lewes City Hall at 645-7777.

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