Getting Started

Purpose

The Delaware Complete Communities Planning Toolbox aims to help build local government capacity to develop:

  • complete-communities planning approaches,
  • community-design tools,
  • and public engagement strategies.

Getting Started

Navigate through all four sections of the toolbox to explore documents, images, presentations, and videos that aim to define the core concepts and describe the benefits of complete communities.

This toolbox is designed to grow as new content is developed, so come back often.
The latest updates will be highlighted on the homepage and news sections of this site.

Toolbox Sections

Section 1: Assessment Tool

A future Assessment Tool will enable Delaware local governments to assess the extent that their community has integrated complete-communities concepts within local government planning, community design, and public-engagement strategies.

Section 2: Planning Tools

The Section 2: Planning Tools section describes a variety of land-use planning tools and techniques, organized based on the five elements of a complete community.

  1. Complete Streets
  2. Efficient Land Use
  3. Healthy and Livable
  4. Inclusive and Active
  5. Sustainable and Resilient

Section 3: Community-Design Tools

The Section 3: Community-Design Tools section incorporates video clips, photographs, and other content that visually support corresponding content on community design strategies that move toward “an architecture of place.” This approach considers the value of designing places that are dynamic and reflect community changes, oriented toward people not cars, reflective of a town’s architectural and cultural heritage, visually attractive and enjoyable, accessible and inclusive, and economically vibrant.

Section 4: Public-Engagement Strategies

The Section 4: Public-Engagement Strategies section of the toolbox focuses on how to achieve public involvement, educate citizens, and engage community members, and gain input from stakeholders to plan for complete communities. A variety of high-touch and high-tech strategies highlight examples of practical implementation by local governments.

Toolbox Tutorial Videos

This Introduction to the Complete Communities Planning Toolbox video provides an overview of the Planning for Complete Communities in Delaware project. It explains the five elements of a complete community and how Delaware local governments may use this framework and resources within the online Delaware Complete Communities Planning Toolbox to create attractive, inclusive, efficient, healthy, & resilient places.

This Navigating the Complete Communities Toolbox video briefly describes how to best utilize the Toolbox to discover complete communities planning approaches, community design tools, and public engagement strategies. Navigate through the toolbox to explore documents, images, presentations, and videos that aim to define the core concepts and describe the benefits of complete communities.

 

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