The Planning Commission was formed according to South Bethany Town Code Chapter 20, which can be found at http://ecode360.com/SO1503 and was authorized under Delaware State Code at http://delcode.delaware.gov/title22/c007/index.shtml.
The Planning Commission is responsible for preparing a Comprehensive Plan for the town. The purpose of the plan is to encourage the most appropriate use of the physical and fiscal resources of the Town and the coordination of municipal growth, development and infrastructure investment actions with those of other municipalities, counties and the State through a process of municipal comprehensive planning.
The Commission provides the Office of State Planning Coordination a report describing implementation of their Comprehensive Plan and identifying development issues, trends or conditions since the plan was last adopted or amended. The report is due annually no later than July 1 of each year.
The Planning Commission has full power and authority to make such investigations, maps and reports of the resources, possibilities and needs of the town as it deems desirable, providing the total expenditures of said commission shall not exceed the appropriation for its expenses. Upon completion of any such reports the Planning Commission shall submit the same to the Town Council with its recommendations. It shall report annually to the Town Council on the activities of the Planning Commission during the preceding year.
In the spring of 2013, at the direction of the Mayor and Council, the Planning Commission expanded the membership to nine members from the traditional five. It has also undertaken an aggressive Strategic Planning Project to complement and supplement the required Comprehensive Plan. This project will explore potential strategies for enhancements in a number of broad areas such as environmental improvement, financial planning for the future, and maintaining a spirit of community. The commission will then submit a recommended action plan to the Mayor and Council for approval.