The guiding principles for Delaware’s better models for development are eleven Community Design Core Values that represent an approach to community development.
- Land features before land design
- Land design before yield
- Cluster before sprawl
- Scale before statement
- Neighborhood before individual ownership
- Community inclusion before site exclusion
- Pedestrian before vehicle
- Sensibility before fad
- Context before application
- Land planning and architectural design before engineering
- Community character before ordinance
Value 2 (land design before yield), for example, suggests that instead of concentrating on the number of homes (or the square footage of a commercial project), site layout should consider the character of the land and the surrounding area.