No Two Plans are Alike

Perhaps the most important “lesson learned” is that the Guide for Master Planning in Delaware is just that—a guide, a reference, a recommended course of action.  For example, the Guide says that all master plans should have a signed memorandum of understanding (MOA), but the table below shows how the commitment to move forward varied among the six master plans.  Some of the plans without a formal MOA have proven no less successful than those without it.

Master Plan Area Application of Step 3.  Commit to Move Forward
Churchman’s Crossing A formal MOA was not executed for this project.
Westown There was no formal agreement or MOA as part of the review process for this project.
Eden Hill The commitment to move forward clearly came from the results of a series of workshops held by the City of Dover in conjunction with the comprehensive plans of 1996, 2003, and 2008.
Southern New Castle County Infrastructure An MOA was deemed essential for this project.  Accordingly, its signatories included the major governmental land use decision-makers.  New Castle County was named as the lead agency for project management.
Milford Southeast Neighborhood …an MOA was considered essential.  In 2008 the City of Milford, OSPC, DelDOT, and DDA signed an MOA.  As the plan progressed, DNREC, DSHA, and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) became partners…
Georgetown South Considerable effort was made to develop an MOA for this work.  A working draft was developed, but it was not agreed to by the group and thus was not signed.  Opinions differed on the need for the MOA…

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