(GEORGETOWN, Del.) - Sussex County is looking to the future. The county is updating its comprehensive plan which projects all the way to 2045.
"It's a process that's renewed every 10 years. The last one was in '08. This one should be done by 2018 so that's the 10 year period. It will stay in place until 2028," Martin Ross, Planning & Zoning Commissioner, said.
There are six parts of the plan, including balancing rapid growth and protecting natural resources.
Believe it or not, the Sussex County population is expected to grow by 139,000 in the next three decades.
Some citizens are concerned the county's plan won't have the backing of ordinances.
"Even if you have a good plan. If you don't implement and support it, then there's gonna be problems," one resident said.
But the planning commissioner says it will be addressed.
"Once it gets certified by the state of Delaware and signed off by the Governor, then the second part of the process is to review the comp plan and the ordinances to make sure they are in alignment," Ross said.
Some believe job growth is not properly addressed in the plan.
"If you're not a lawyer, engineer, or health professional, maybe a realtor, it's hard to be able to go away to college to be able to come back and live in Eastern Sussex and be able to afford to work there too," another resident said.
The planning commissioner says the solution is all cutting through the red tape.
"So that we don't exacerbate the issue of creating jobs in the county," added Ross.
The county's plan is the heart of a two-year process. We are here right now. it is expected to be adopted in the spring of 2018.
There will be a follow-up meeting on November 2nd with Sussex County Council where the public will be able to directly give their concerns.