Dagsboro resident appointed to Sussex County BOA

GEORGETOWN — Sussex County Council has filled a seat on the county board of adjustment with the appointment of John Williamson of Dagsboro.

Council at its Feb. 26 meeting unanimously approved District 4 councilman Douglas Hudson’s nomination of Mr. Williamson to the five-member panel that as a quasi-judicial body hears individual cases involving variances and special-use exceptions.

“If given this opportunity to serve on the board of adjustment I would be grateful to serve the residents of Sussex County,” Mr. Williamson said prior to council’s vote.

The appointment was effective immediately. Mr. Williamson’s term will run through June 2020.

Council’s 5-0 vote followed the mandated public interview conducted by Sussex County Administrator Todd Lawson.

Mr. Williamson said his background and experience stems from serving on a homeowners’ association board, his work for a property management company and observation from start to finish of a complex application for a multi-compost operation that went beyond the scope of normal Sussex County jurisdiction. “There was regulation by the state of Delaware, DNREC, DelDOT and Coastal Zone Act,” he said.

“One of the many things I have learned in life is that I am not always the smartest person in the room,” said Mr. Williamson. “While common sense prevails, I request and heed the advice of professionals in their particular field of expertise. I will be grateful for any and all guidance under the ordinances that would pertain to a certain matter before the board of adjustment.”

Mr. Williamson said that 12 years ago as young father of four he wasn’t involved in the drafting and implementation of the comprehensive plan. Some years later, he became interested because “the issues of quality of life, mobility, affordable housing and land use would be with my children as they move forward with their lives.”

A lifelong Sussex County resident active in church and community including Lower Sussex Little League and River Soccer Club, Mr. Williamson assumes the BOA seat held previously by R. Bruce Mears, who at the Jan. 29 was appointed to the county’s planning and zoning commission.

Mr. Williamson joins Ellen Magee of Selbyville (District 5), John Mills of Laurel (District 1), E. Brent Workman of Bridgeville (District 2) and chairman Dale Callaway of Milton (District 3) on the board.

Sussex County Board of Adjustment meets in open session twice monthly, usually the first and third Mondays in council chambers in the County Administration Building.

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