Explore the Complete Communities YouTube Channel for visually engaging tools to help you plan for communities that are attractive, inclusive, efficient, healthy, and resilient places. Check out our playlists for video series that feature interesting topics. Get to know creative placemakers in Delaware with the Stories of Delaware’s Complete Communities playlist that highlights innovative placemaking projects across Delaware. Watch the Delaware Byways playlist to take a journey through the scenic byways of Delaware’s natural landscape. New videos are posted frequently. From interviews with local experts to showcasing new policy strategies, the YouTube channel has something to offer for everyone interested in planning for complete communities.
The Delaware Complete Communities Planning Toolbox project strives to provide local government officials, planning commission members, and “citizen planners” with the tools they need to create communities that are accessible, economically vibrant, healthy, inclusive, resilient, and livable for all residents. The Delaware Complete Communities 2018 GIS story map highlights initiatives undertaken in 2018 to support, develop, promote, and maintain the Delaware Complete Communities Planning Toolbox.
New Toolbox content, in the form of web pages, GIS Story Maps, Adobe Spark pages, videos, and infographics, is designed to foster an understanding of strategies to plan and design for complete communities in Delaware. New topics developed for the Toolbox with high-impact visual content are organized by the five elements of a complete community. Virtually meet the Delaware Complete Communities project team, view the project timeline, learn about the geography of our work, and experience the interactive content developed over the past year!
Explore the Stories of Delaware’s Complete Communities GIS story map to learn how communities are creating pop-ups for calmer traffic and resident engagement. Reconfiguring roadways and public spaces can help calm traffic and achieve more walkable-, bikeable-, and activity-oriented places. But, permanent, large-scale changes can be difficult to launch. Each of the stories featured in this story map demonstrates how communities can come together to creatively address problems through temporary, low-cost pop-up projects, which can enhance public spaces and inspire more permanent change.
Often described as “tactical urbanism,” pop-up demonstration and pilot projects, like those featured in this story map, are designed to provide low-cost, temporary built-environment changes that are guided by community goals and work to transform public spaces into vibrant, activity-oriented destinations with calm traffic. View this GIS story map to learn how tactical urbanism in Delaware has been used to test a pop-up bike lane and transform a street to a vibrant cultural corridor, calm traffic with a temporary traffic circle, and convert on-street parking into a portable parklet.
The Complete Communities Story Map Gallery is featured by Esri, an international GIS company. Known as the global leader in GIS software, Esri provides ArcGIS, a software that can be used to assess and present data in a spatial context. Using ArcGIS, Complete Communities creates story maps, which are visually engaging platforms that allow spatial data and information to be presented in a multimedia, storytelling format.
The Investments in Downtown Development Districts (DDDs) GIS story map highlights developer investments for both large and small project set-asides in each DDD community through 2017. In addition, the map identifies the type of project in terms of commercial, residential, and/or mixed-use development. This story map is comprised of eight (8) individual story maps, one for each of Delaware’s designated DDDs, which may be viewed in the “Implementing Complete Communities in Delaware” GIS Story Map Gallery.
To learn more about using GIS story maps as a tool for public engagement, visit our GIS story maps page.
Happy Wednesday! We’re trying out a new effort here on the Delaware Complete Communities Planning toolbox. Check in every two week for a round-up of new content added the toolbox, or discovered out in the interwebs, collected here just for you.
New this week
Tactical Urbanism is a strategy that uses quick, cheap projects to make a small part of the city more livable. This video highlights the benefits of this technique.
Are you ready for automated vehicles in Delaware? This video considers the impacts of autonomous and connected vehicles (CAVs) on issues such as roadway safety, traffic congestion, and the economy.
From the archives
Dust off our Winter Maintenance guide to review how Delaware local governments can clarify and better coordinate responsibilities for winter maintenance of pedestrian facilities.
Spotlight on Delaware
Gov. John Carney delivered his State of the State Address to a Joint Session of the General Assembly last week. Did you miss it? Watch it now.
Register now for upcoming training programs on land-use hosted by the Institute for Public Administration.
Have a suggestion for Fire Station no. 5 reuse? Wilmington is listening.
The next Sussex County Council Comprehensive Plan Workshop takes place on January 31, at 9:30 a.m.
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An unlikely hero for pedestrians… snow! How Heavy Snow Reveals Safer Street Designs. #SneckDown
Home AI devices like Alexa can ‘digest’ planning documents to share with homeowners.
Toronto Cleared Cars Off Its Biggest Transit Street, and Ridership Soared Almost Overnight.
The Institute for Public Administration, with financial assistance from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, recently completed work with the City of Milford, Delaware to create a new “climate-conscious” comprehensive development plan that considers climate change impacts (sea level rise, flooding, higher temperatures) and recommends appropriate strategies to reduce vulnerability, build community resiliency, and enhance long-term sustainability.
This project represents the first time a Delaware municipality has fully assessed and integrated climate impacts into its comprehensive development plan. Following the work with Milford, IPA’s project team produced a report to communicate to local decision makers, urban planners, and concerned citizens the strategies and methods used in Milford’s planning process.
All Delaware municipalities are vulnerable to climate impacts, and the example set in Milford provides a model for other towns and cities to follow as they seek to adapt to a changing climate. Read the report here.
IPA Policy Scientist Marcia Scott and Public Administration fellow Savannah Edwards (MPA ’17) presented a poster at the 96th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) in Washington, D.C. on January 9 and 10, 2017. TRB Session 697, “Current Issues in Transportation Public Involvement.” The poster, entitled “GIS Story Maps Empower and Engage Stakeholders in Planning for Complete Communities in Delaware,” was among the 25 selected for presentation by the TRB Committee on Public Involvement. The poster graphically displays how GIS Story Maps can engage planning stakeholders via both conventional, in-person methods (e.g., public meetings and workshops), and newer, high-tech strategies (e.g., accessing Apps from computers and mobile devices).
Designed by IPA Policy Specialist Sarah Pragg, the 4’ x 8’ poster summarizes research, funded by the Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability University Transportation Center (MATS UTC), which explores the use of GIS Story Maps to satisfy mandates for increased transparency, accountability, and public engagement in planning for transportation-efficient and sustainable places. The final report, GIS Story Maps: A Tool to Empower and Engage Stakeholders in Planning Sustainable Places, is available electronically on IPA’s transportation policy publications webpage.
IPA has developed a series of GIS Story Maps to illustrate Delaware’s complete communities planning framework that is designed to build capacity of local governments to create “attractive, inclusive, efficient, healthy & resilient places.” Each Story Map conveys one of the five elements of a complete community. IPA’s poster is on display on the first floor or University of Delaware’s Graham Hall. IPA’s GIS Story Map Gallery can be viewed online at http://arcg.is/25DcjGV.
Delaware’s municipalities are increasingly being asked to focus much of their attention on the state’s expected new growth and development. Municipalities must make difficult decisions that can have long-lasting impacts on the community’s character, economy, and quality.
The Delaware Planning Education Program is a voluntary certificate program comprising an organized series of educational courses designed to meet the responsibilities of municipalities as partners in planning Delaware’s future. The program is offered in partnership with the Office of State Planning Coordination and the Delaware Chapter of the American Planning Association.
Advanced Land-Use and Development Administration
“Planning 203” is a new hands-on course designed to provide participants with table-top exercises to build their skills for administering and interpreting land-use regulations.
March 24, 2017 | 9 a.m. to noon | University of Delaware Paradee Center | Dover, Del.
Cost: $50 | Instructors: Linda Raab, AICP, and Ann Marie Townshend, AICP
Developing Your Strategy for Economic Development
Whether a formal report adopted by council or a back-of-the-envelope exercise worked out on-the-fly, an economic development strategy can work to guide municipal decision-making and encourage private investment in your community. “Planning 213” is a new session that advances concepts and principles for scoping, developing, and implementing your community’s economic development strategy.
April 28, 2017 | 9 a.m. to noon | University of Delaware Paradee Center | Dover, Del.
Cost: $50 | Instructors: Troy Mix, AICP; Maureen Feeney Roser; and Ann Marie Townshend, AICP
Creating a Flood Ready Community
This popular course returns for the fourth year. “Planning 201” reviews the multiple sources of flood risks to Delaware communities that can be addressed and mitigated through planning, codes, and ordinances. It covers floodplain requirements for municipalities and tools for adapting to flood risk. Sources of funding and technical assistance will also be presented. Catered lunch and networking session will immediately follow the training, from noon–1 p.m.
May 19, 2017 | 9 a.m. to noon | University of Delaware Paradee Center | Dover, Del.
Cost: $50 | Instructors: Phil Barnes, PhD; Danielle Swallow; and Greg Williams
A limited number of registration fee waivers are available for municipal officials, based on financial need. Fees will be covered by the Delaware Coastal Training Program. To request a fee waiver, please email Kelly Valencik, Coastal Training Program Coordinator at email@example.com.