Lewes planners clarify misinformation

January 23, 2014

We read with interest the news release from the Lewes Community Partnership that was printed in the Jan. 17 edition of the Cape Gazette. We whole-heartedly agree that the Lewes Comprehensive Plan, which was approved by Mayor and Council in 2005 and is on schedule for it’s regular 10-year update as required by state code, is an important part of the policy framework that guides development and governance in Lewes.  And we look forward to strong input from Lewes residents, and the many activist groups that have formed in the city, at the planning commission meetings at which that update will be developed.

We would like to offer a slight clarification to the notion that the comprehensive plan is out of date and that that has affected flood-insurance rates. The plan is not out of date and will be updated by October 2015. The planning commission, and city council have regularly reviewed the plan and adjusted several city ordinances in response.

The comprehensive plan is one of many factors that affect the city’s Community Rating System score and the price of flood-insurance policies. A goal of the 2015 update of the comprehensive plan will be to make improvements that should help improve the city’s over-all flood-hazard resilience.

But there are many other parts to the picture. The Community Rating System is complex. We encourage all Lewes residents to attend meetings and workshops of federal, state, and city agencies as well as citizens groups to learn more and to make their voices heard.

The Lewes Planning Commission will play a part. We usually meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m., in city hall. We look forward to seeing you there.

Mike Mahaffie


Kay Carnahan

vice chair

Lewes Planning Commission

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