Planning Commission


The Planning Commission was established by Mayor & City Council in 1987 with the adoption of Chapter 33 of the Lewes City Code, consisting of not less than 5 and not more than 9 members appointed by the Mayor & City Council for staggered terms of 3-years.

The Planning Commission's authority has been vested by the State of Delaware in Chapter 7, Title 22 of the Delaware Code and by Resolution of the Lewes Mayor & City Council.

It is the responsibility of the Planning Commission to review and make recommendations to Mayor & City Council regarding land development, major & minor subdivision applications, amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and the updating of the Lewes Comprehensive Plan.


  • Drew McKay - Chairperson 
  • Kay Carnahan - Vice Chairperson
  • Mark Harris - Secretary
  • Joe Hoechner - Liaison to HPARC
  • John Nehrbas
  • Nina Cannata
  • Sumner Crosby
  • Melanie Moser
  • Thomas Pannetta
  • Dennis Reardon - City Council (ex-officio)
  • Ted Becker - Mayor (ex-officio)
  • Tom Owen - Board of Public Works (ex-officio)
  • Ann Marie Townshend - City Manager (ex-officio)
  • Glenn Mandalas - Attorney 
  • Phillip Moore - City Planner 
  • Jacqueline Doherty - Recording Secretary 


The Planning Commission meets the third Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm. Meetings are held with Council Chambers at City Hall, unless otherwise noted.

Pending applications may be reviewed and comments may be submitted on the City's development review page