Comprehensive Town Plans & Planning
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This collection provides reference information for state and local governments, elected officials, citizens, and students on comprehensive plans and planning-related issues and includes research reports, comprehensive plans, land-use ordinances, and community growth and planning information. Visit the IPA website for more information.
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- Item2005 Amendment to the 2002 Update to the 1996 Town of Clayton Comprehensive Plan(2006-03-03T16:53:42Z) Raab, Linda; Wollaston, Martin; and IPA Planning ServicesThe 2005 Amendment to the 2002 Update to the 1996 Town of Clayton Comprehensive Plan is the third amendment to the 2002 plan update adopted on January 16, 2003, and certified by the Office of State Planning Coordination on January 24, 2003. Changes in the Clayton area continue and prompt this amendment of Clayton’s comprehensive plan. This plan amendment consolidates the provisions of the 2002 Update, the July 2003 amendment, and the April 2004 amendment into a single document. It provides current information on population, transportation, housing, employment, the environment, municipal services, and land use, and it establishes a new municipal growth plan for the town. It articulates the Clayton community’s vision for its future and its position on land use and growth. As such it becomes a guide for decisions on development proposals, annexations, and capital improvements.
- Item2005 Update to the 1999 Town of Bethany Beach Comprehensive Plan(2005-10-11T12:19:07Z) Wollaston, Martin; Fasano, William; and IPA Planning ServicesThis Comprehensive Development Plan is intended to serve as a guideline for the future development of Bethany Beach. It has been adopted by the town council and is given official recognition as a guide for future planning efforts as a considered reflection of the wishes of the community and its representatives. The legal means for the implementation of the goals and objectives of this plan are included in zoning codes and other municipal codes and ordinances. This plan is a flexible guideline, and the updating or revision of planning goals and objectives is essential to keep the planning program responsive to the changing needs of the community. The public’s understanding of the role, and contribution to the efforts of the Planning Commission are needed to keep the community’s best interests aligned with the town’s growth and development plans for the future. Community interest and cooperative commitment to practical planning and the timely implementation of the goals and objectives of comprehensive development planning will contribute to a higher quality of life in Bethany Beach.
- Item2006 Update to the 2001 Town of Odessa Comprehensive Plan(2007-02-22T19:25:59Z) Wollaston, Martin; and IPA Planning ServicesState law requires that planning be an ongoing process and that municipalities identify future planning activities. This document serves both as an update to Odessa’s 2001 comprehensive plan and Odessa’s Municipal Comprehensive Development Plan as required by state law. It is intended to cover a ten-year planning period and be reviewed at least every five years.
- Item2007 Funding and Technical Assistance Handbook for Delaware Local Governments(2007-02-22T19:17:55Z) Scott, Marcia; Cook, ShelleyThis handbook is an excellent resource for Delaware local governments that are seeking assistance in the form of grants, loans, technical help, and advisory services.
- Item2008 Update to the 2002 Town of Blades Comprehensive Plan(2009-03-04T13:43:20Z) DeCoursey, William J.; and IPA Planning ServicesThe Town of Blades Comprehensive Plan has several purposes. First and foremost, the plan is a unified advisory document to the Council and the Planning Commission on land use and growth issues. It should be used to guide future development decisions, re-zonings, annexations, and capital improvements throughout the town. The plan is also an informational document for the public. Citizens, business people, and government officials can turn to the plan to learn more about Blades and its policies for future land use decisions. Finally, the Blades Comprehensive Plan is a legal document.
- Item2010 Update to the 2003 Town of Townsend Comprehensive Plan(2011-06-29) Wollaston, Martin; and IPA Planning ServicesThis comprehensive development plan update is intended to serve as a document for the future development of the Town of Townsend. When adopted by the Town Council, it will be given official recognition as a guide for future planning efforts of the community and its representatives. The legal means for the implementation of the goals and objectives of this plan are included in zoning codes and other municipal codes and ordinances. This plan is a flexible document, and the updating or revision of planning goals and objectives is essential to keep the planning program responsive to the changing needs of the community. The plan is also an informational document for the public. Citizens, business people, and government officials can turn to the plan to learn more about Townsend and its policies for future land use decisions. Potential new residents can use the document as an informational resource about the town, including its characteristics and facilities, to help them make decisions about moving to Townsend. This document contains the most current information on population, housing, land use, transportation and the environment, which may be of interest to land developers, economic-development professionals, and financiers. Finally, the Town of Townsend comprehensive plan update is a legal document. The Delaware Code specifies that “. . . any incorporated municipality under this chapter shall prepare a comprehensive plan for the city or town or portions thereof as the commission deems appropriate.” The code further specifies, “after a comprehensive plan or portion thereof has been adopted by the municipality in accordance with this chapter, the comprehensive plan shall have the force of law and no development shall be permitted except as consistent with the plan.” (§ 702, Title 22, Delaware Code)
- Item2010 Update to the 2004 Town of Elsmere Comprehensive Plan(2011-01-21) O'Donnell, Edward; Wollaston, Martin; and IPA Planning ServicesThe 2010 Update to the 2004 Town of Elsmere Comprehensive Plan provides information on population, housing, employment, the environment, public services, and land use. Most importantly, the 2010 Update provides the Town of Elsmere’s vision for its future land use and is, therefore, the town’s guide for making decisions on development proposals and capital improvements.
- Item2012 Update to the 2005 Town of Middletown Comprehensive Plan(2012-11) Wollaston, Martin; Raab, Linda; DeCoursey, William J.; Patterson, Theodore; Rudd, Brandon; Connelly, EricThis document is an update to the 2005 Town of Middletown Comprehensive Plan and serves as a guide for Middletown’s land use decisions and annexation policy. It also serves as a consolidated reference containing demographic, housing, economic, environmental, and historical information about Middletown.
- Item2018 Update to the 2008 City of Milford Comprehensive Plan(2018-05) City of Milford; DeCoursey, William J.; Barnes, Philip J.; Raab, Linda P.; Pierce, Rob; Eisenhart, Scott; Oza, Jeel; Minni, NicoleThis plan was prepared by the City of Milford Planning and Zoning Commission with assistance from the Institute for Public Administration (IPA), a unit within the School of Public Policy & Administration at the University of Delaware.
- Item2018 Update to the 2008 City of Milford Comprehensive Plan(2018-01) DeCoursey, William J.; Raab, Linda P.; Minni, Nicole M.; Eisenhart, Scott; Barnes, Philip; Oza, JeelThis plan was prepared by the City of Milford Planning and Zoning Commission with assistance from the Institute for Public Administration (IPA), a unit within the School of Public Policy & Administration at the University of Delaware. IPA links the research and resources of the University of Delaware with the management and information needs of local, state, and regional governments in the Delaware Valley. IPA provides assistance and research projects as well as training programs and policy forums. it serves as the 2018 update to the original 2008 City of Milford Comprehensive Plan. It was adopted in January of 2018 and certified in May of 2018.
- Item2021 Eastside Housing Study(Institute for Public Administration, 2021-04-29) O'Neill, SeanThis report summarizes the state of the housing market in the Eastside neighborhood of Wilmington, Delaware, and outlines potential strategies for the community to pursue moving forward.
- ItemAssessing the Needs of Delaware’s Older Drivers(2007-09-21T13:50:04Z) Dworsky, Bernard; O'Hanlon, Julia; Klepner, Richard; Catherine, Adam; Trick, JulieCurrent road designs should be reviewed to determine whether modifications are necessary to better accommodate Delaware’s older drivers. Possible modifications include making intersections more driver- and pedestrian-friendly and improving traffic signs and signal design. Additionally, comprehensive assessment, education, and outreach programs can assist individuals, families, and physicians facilitate discussions about driving and promote mobility and independence among older Delawareans. Like other states that are addressing this issue, Delaware should apply resources for such modifications and initiatives to areas that pose the greatest safety concerns. Chosen areas should be based on the state’s current and projected demographic trends as well as crash data. Better coordination and collaboration among state advocacy groups and agencies will also foster overall improved awareness and education for individuals and their families who are concerned about the potential risks associated with older drivers.
- ItemAssessment of State Land and Facility Inventory Practices(Institute for Public Administration, 2019-09) Kelly, Christopher; Chesser, Margaret Culpepper; Mix, TroyAs part of the state of Delaware’s Government Efficiency and Accountability Review, the Office of State Planning Coordination (OSPC) contracted with the University of Delaware’s Institute for Public Administration (IPA) to assess current agency practices for collecting, maintaining, and sharing information on state lands and facilities. IPA’s assessment consisted of researching state data sharing practices, benefits, and barriers; administering a screening questionnaire to gather background information on state agency data collection processes and procedures; and interviewing state agency representatives to detail questionnaire responses and discuss the potential benefits of and barriers to implementing a statewide facility and land inventory. Land and facility information covered in this study includes buildings, land, lease information, rights-of-way, and preservation easements.
- ItemBlades Comprehensive Town Plan(Institute for Public Administration, 2002-09) IPA Planning Team, Martin Wollaston (manager)
- ItemBridgeville Comprehensive Town Plan(Institute for Public Administration, 2002-02) IPA Planning Team, Martin Wollaston (manager)
- ItemThe Certificate of Necessity Process Evaluation: Recommendations and Findings(Institute for Public Administration, 2004-05) Hunter, Anna Wojewodzki; Sawak, Camille A.; Cleaver, Samantha
- ItemCheswold Comprehensive Town Plan(Institute for Public Administration, 2003-10) IPA Planning Team, Martin Wollaston (manager)
- ItemCity of Lewes Comprehensive Plan(2006-03-03T16:59:52Z) Wollaston, Martin; Athey, Lori; and IPA Planning ServicesThe City of Lewes has conducted many planning studies since the last Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 1992. This Plan reviewed those studies, brought forward those issues and recommendations that were deemed still relevant, and analyzed new issues of concern to the city. All of these elements have been compiled and prioritized into one document that meets Delaware's requirements for a Certified Comprehensive Development Plan for the City of Lewes.
- ItemClayton Comprehensive Town Plan Update(Institute for Public Administration, 2003-01) IPA Planning Team; Raab, Linda; Wollaston, Martin
- ItemClimate-Conscious Comprehensive Planning in Delaware: Developing and Piloting a Planning Process in Milford, Delaware(2017-08) Barnes, Philip; Sussex County, DelawareGiven the extent of Delaware's vulnerability to three climate change impacts—sea-level rise, heavy precipitation, and increased temperatures—climate-conscious planning must become normal practice for Delaware’s municipalities. The climate-conscious planning process was piloted in Milford as the municipality updated its comprehensive development plan. The vulnerability assessment was completed using both the geographic information system and public mapping strategies, and the results were communicated through the language in the comprehensive plan chapters. This was the first effort in Delaware to develop a fully climate-conscious comprehensive plan. In previous comprehensive planning efforts in other municipalities, climate change had only been addressed a handful of times and only very narrowly in the environmental chapter.