Core Values

The guiding principles for Delaware’s better models for development are eleven Community Design Core Values that represent an approach to community development.

  1. Land features before land design
  2. Land design before yield
  3. Cluster before sprawl
  4. Scale before statement
  5. Neighborhood before individual ownership
  6. Community inclusion before site exclusion
  7. Pedestrian before vehicle
  8. Sensibility before fad
  9. Context before application
  10. Land planning and architectural design before engineering
  11. Community character before ordinance

Village of Five Points in Lewes, Delaware

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.

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