Click to explore the Delaware Complete Communities 2018 Year in Review story map!
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!
Use the newly developed Low-Stress Bicycling Assessment Tool to find out!
Planning for Complete Communities in Delaware: The Low-Stress Bikeability Assessment Tool is a resource for Delaware local governments that are considering ways to improve the low-stress bikeability for areas within their community. It is designed to guide local governments in evaluating the extent to which average bicycle riders can easily access low-stress areas, and in developing strategies to leverage state investments to improve local cycling networks and bicycle infrastructure. The Low-Stress Bicycling Assessment Tool should be used in combination with DelDOT’s maps to help communities target high-priority locations to plan for infrastructure improvements, bridge network connectivity gaps, and enhance low-stress conditions for the average bicyclist.
Delaware Local Government Planning Framework: Flood-Ready Communities
Resilient communities leverage the strengths and capacities of individuals, families, businesses, schools, and hospitals to “bounce back” after flood events, rather than merely react to impacts.
The new “Flood-Ready Communities” section of the Toolbox provides for a planning framework to equip Delaware communities with the tools necessary to transform communities into flood-ready, resilient places.
This section also features a GIS StoryMap showcasing “freeboard” as a tool to achieve a sustainable and resilient community. When adopted as part of a floodplain management strategy, freeboard can create flood-ready communities that are prepared to protect and preserve properties and lives.
The Delaware Complete Communities Planning Toolbox is growing! If you’re not sure where to start, watch these two videos for an overview of Complete Communities planning approaches and how to navigate the toolbox.
Introduction to the Complete Communities Planning Toolbox
This video provides an overview of the Planning for Complete Communities in Delaware project. It explains the five elements of a complete community and how Delaware local governments may use this framework and resources within the online Delaware Complete Communities Planning Toolbox to create attractive, inclusive, efficient, healthy, & resilient places.
Navigating the Complete Communities Toolbox
This video briefly describes how to best utilize the Toolbox to discover complete communities planning approaches, community design tools, and public engagement strategies. Navigate through the toolbox to explore documents, images, presentations, and videos that aim to define the core concepts and describe the benefits of complete communities.
Walkable, pedestrian infrastructure is a key element of a “Complete Community.” When sidewalks, parks, and trails are pleasant places to walk, all community members benefit. Unfortunately, not all places are walkable, but with the help of IPA’s Walkability Assessment Tool, citizens achieve positive changes.
Visit the Walkable Communitiessection of the toolbox to learn more about ways to improve pedestrian infrastructure. This section includes:
IPA hosted a series of workshops in spring 2013 on “State and Local Government Regulatory Barriers to Complete Communities in Delaware.” The purpose of these workshops was to gain input on what are perceived to be top regulatory obstacles to creating more complete communities in Delaware and potential solutions on how to address those barriers. Stakeholder groups representing a wide range of Delaware interests were included.
The workshop summary includes an overview of our workshop outreach and a discussion of key recommendations coming out of the workshops. We appreciate the involvement from private sector and public sector leaders across Delaware in this workshop series and plan to use workshop takeaways from this spring series to inform future research and outreach.
Delaware Center for Transportation’s Summer/Fall 2013 TranSearch newsletter includes an article on IPA’s series of spring 2013 workshops on “State and Local Government Regulatory Barriers to Complete Communities.”
“Complete communities are going to be where people want to live,” says David Edgell, principal planner at OSPC. He is featured in Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization’s two-part Journeys spotlight in the Spring and Summer 2013 newsletter editions.
More than 240 professional planners from Maryland, Delaware, and beyond gathered together for two days in October 2012 at the 2012 MD-DE Regional APA Conference. These dedicated individuals came to hone their trade, get re-certification training, and generally share best practices. MDP had the opportunity to interview a few of the leaders of this conference. The question was the same as the theme of the conference: “What Makes a Community?”