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Cape Gazette: Helping to solve wicked problems with technology-based land-use planning

Mention the phrase “land use” in Sussex County and it's sure to attract a crowd with varied opinions. That's exactly what occurred during the Sussex County League of Women Voters most recent forum on March 11. The standing-room crowd listened as Ed Lewandowski explained land-use planning using the real-life scenario of a plan created for Bridgeville and Greenwood. Lewandowski, former Center for Inland Bays director, is a development specialist with the University of Delaware's Sustainable Coastal Coastal Communities Initiative: Enhancing Citizen Engagement in Participatory Planning Process.

Lewandowski called many land-use issues wicked problems – those without real solutions, with two many conflicting opinions and too much financial burden. Solving this type of problem, Lewandowski said, requires input from all stakeholders. He said that's what the university's planning process revolves around.