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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.

Esri Featured Story Maps

Featured Story Maps Esri

According to Esri, the gallery “a selection of stories we’ve hand-picked to highlight particular subjects, best practices and approaches.” Click on the image to visit the gallery.

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.

 

New GIS Story Map: Investments in Downtown Development Districts

The ArcGIS StoryMap shows each of the eight Downtown Development Districts and the on-going projects in each district.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.

Wednesday’s Round-Up 1/24/18

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

Young adult in a motorized wheel chair with her service dog, struggles to navigate the poorly plowed streets.

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

John Carney practicing his state of the state address infront of a teleprompter.

Photo credit: Gov. John Carney’s Twitter

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.

Recipients of the Planning Certificate Award.

Register now for upcoming training programs on land-use hosted by the Institute for Public Administration.

Fire truck outside of fire station 5.

Photo credit: City of Wilmington

Have a suggestion for Fire Station no. 5 reuse? Wilmington is listening.

Sussex plan logo.

The next Sussex County Council Comprehensive Plan Workshop takes place on January 31, at 9:30 a.m.

Trending on the web

Screenshot of a video showing sneckdowns (areas that should be used for pedestrians but are currently in the snow.

An unlikely hero for pedestrians… snow! How Heavy Snow Reveals Safer Street Designs. #SneckDown

A home artificial intellegence device.

Home AI devices like Alexa can ‘digest’ planning documents to share with homeowners.

Red lightrail transit in Toronto.

Toronto Cleared Cars Off Its Biggest Transit Street, and Ridership Soared Almost Overnight.

New Report on Climate Change

River with bridge in fallThe 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.

Upcoming Events in IPA’s Planning Education Training Program

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

Register now | download workshop flyerPDF icon | Registration deadline: March 23

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

Register now | download workshop flyerPDF icon | Registration deadline: April 27

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

Register now | download workshop flyerPDF icon | Registration deadline: May 18

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 kelly.valencik@state.de.us.