Sussex County Council Gets Update on Reassessment

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The Sussex County Council had a relatively light agenda and began this week’s meeting at 1pm. County Administrator Todd Lawson briefly updated the Council on the Joint Workshop that was held with the Planning and Zoning Commission in September. Much of what was discussed has now been divided into rather broad topics – including Perimeter Buffers, Forest Preservation, Open Space, Interconnectivity and County Code Updates. Now these ideas should be prioritized how they’d like to see them move forward into ordinance form. The information has been sent to the Planning and Zoning Commission for their input this coming Thursday.

The Council also received an update from Senior Project Supervisor for Tyler Technologies, Mary Noldy, who told the Council that the reassessment project is on track and should wrap up in the spring of 2025. She said ‘data mailers’ will be going out later this month. This information should be reviews by property owners for accuracy – and corrected if needed. They will arrive in a standard business envelope marked with a Sussex County Tax Assessment header and return address. Not everyone will receive a data mailer – only if you have a dwelling on your parcel. Vacant properties and commercial sites will not receive a data mailer. Property owners who receive a ‘data mailer’ and have questions or concerns can contact the County’s contracted vendor for the reassessment project, Tyler Technologies, at (302) 854-5274 or email SussexCountyDE@tylertech.com.

For more information on the Sussex County reassessment project, visit https://empower.tylertech.com/Sussex-County-Delaware.html

There were two public hearings for Conditional Use applications for Solar Arrays – one in the Lewes area and one near Dagsboro. The two applications are related and both were deferred by the Council for a decision at a later date. A third conditional use application from a company from the Netherlands for greenhouses and employee housing on over 166 acres in the Bridgeville area was approved by the Council. This application, for Bosch Berries, had full support from western Sussex County local and State officials.

The Council also revisited two conditional use applications. CU 2350 was awaiting information which has come in – and the public now has five days from Tuesday to make additional public comment in writing. CU 2354 was another solar array, which was deferred. The Council this week approved the application with a unanimous vote.

The Sussex County Council is scheduled to meet next Tuesday at the County Administration Building on The Circle in Georgetown.


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