Announced this week, public input is sought by Delaware Open Space Council for the Standards and Criteria for State Resource Areas – public workshops have been set for September 21, 22 and 29 in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties.
The Delaware Open Space Council (OSC) has been reviewing the provisions of the Land Protection Act (7 Del. C. Ch 75) and assessing the State’s compliance with the provisions of the Act. The OSC was created in 1990 to advise the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) on all matters related to the administration, implementation and financing of Delaware’s land protection program. After careful review, the OSC determined that the maps of State Resource Areas (SRAs) need to be updated. The first step in creating updated SRA maps is for the OSC to determine the standards and criteria for SRAs (7 Del. C. §7507).
A special subcommittee of the OSC was created to draft updated standards and criteria which were shared with select staff and conservation groups prior to sharing them with the full OSC on August 5th. Now, public input is being sought on these revisions through having a public workshop in each county. These workshops will give the public a chance to meet some members of the OSC and staff, ask questions and provide their input prior to a having a formal public hearing on the standards and criteria.
The workshops will be held at 5 p.m. on the following dates at the locations listed below:
- Sussex County: Monday, September 21 – Georgetown Public Library, 123 West Pine Street, Georgetown
- Kent County: Tuesday, September 22 – Dover Public Library, 45 S. State Street, Dover
- New Castle County: Tuesday, September 29 – Brandywine Hundred Library, Meeting Room B, 1300 Foulk Rd, WilmingtonAfter these workshops and a public hearing date, the OSC will take into consideration all public comments before deciding on the final standards and criteria in its December 2, 2015 meeting. To review the draft standards and criteria prior to the workshops, please visit the DNREC webpage http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/OpenSpaces. Copies of the draft standards and criteria will also be available at the workshops.