Master Planning is not a new concept in Delaware. It is somewhat in retrospect that the term “Master Planning” has been tagged to such efforts. It’s been going on for a while, but the projects were just not called “master plans.”
Master Planning is an integral component of the Complete Communities framework. It complements and integrates other planning activities. Local comprehensive plans articulate visions and formulate general guidelines for achieving desired land use patterns in counties and municipalities. Master Planning brings all stakeholders—state agencies, local governments, civic groups, and business leaders—together to “get it done” by spelling out the details of, and the responsibilities for, the provision of infrastructure services in an efficient, timely, and cost-effective manner.
In September 2012, the Office of State Planning Coordination introduced the Guide for Master Planning in Delaware. This document is a reference for developing and adopting master plans, and it describes several completed and ongoing master planning projects throughout the state.