Fenwick Offers Comprehensive Plan Workshops

FENWICK ISLAND – Residents will have the chance to voice their thoughts on the town’s comprehensive plan at two public workshops this summer.

Public meetings regarding the town’s comprehensive plan, which is currently being updated, are scheduled for Saturday, July 16, and Saturday, August 13. The plan is set to be approved by the state by June 2017.

“We’re right on schedule,” said Winnie Lewis, chair of the town’s planning commission.

According to Lewis, the planning commission has been working on updating the comprehensive plan for some time. Fenwick Island’s comprehensive plan, which was created in 2007, was recertified by the state in October 2012.  It was then that the town was told to have an update ready in five years.

Lewis said the planning commission had focused on bringing the plan up to date with minor changes. A section on technology will be new, however, and is currently under development.

“We’ll be working on that,” Lewis said.

The public meetings scheduled for this summer, which will begin at 9 a.m., are expected to last up to an hour and a half and will be coordinated by planning consultant AECOM. For more information, see the town’s website, www.fenwickisland.delaware.gov.

Mayor Gene Langan said he’d like to see a good turnout at the public sessions, as the comprehensive plan was meant to be a guide to help the town council in future decision making.

“I would like to see all citizens attend the public workshops that involve the drafting of the new 2017 comprehensive plan because their input and ideas are important to the future development of Fenwick Island,” Langan said in an email. “Sadly, however, the reality is there are only a handful of residents who participate in town business, but we are grateful to those who do.”

Merritt Burke, Fenwick Island town administrator, said revisions to the comprehensive plan would continue into the fall. He said the updated version of the plan would be available on the town’s website once it was ready.

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