Received 10 Applications
On November 1, 2014, 10 local governments submitted applications to be considered for designation as a Downtown Development District. Applications were received from Clayton, Dover, Middletown, Milford, Milton, New Castle County, Newark, Seaford, Smyrna and Wilmington. The Office of State Planning Coordination is managing the review of these applications for eventual consideration by the Governor.
Public Comment Period
The public comment period is open for the “Guidelines Governing the Administration and Review of Applications for Designation as DDDs”.
For more information visit the Office of State Planning Coordination’s website, http://stateplanning.delaware.gov/ddd/.
Downtown Development Districts, authorized by Senate Bill 191 on June 5, 2014, establish economic development incentives that promote revitalization of Delaware’s downtowns.
The first step in becoming a Downtown Development District (DDD) requires the local government (municipality or county) to complete an application and create a District Plan. The DDD Application, Application Guidelines Booklet, and a Census spreadsheet are now available for download on the Downtown Development Districts website. Completed applications are due on or before November 1, 2014. The application process is being administered by the Office of State Planning Coordination.
Full program details are available on the Downtown Development Districts website. Additional background information is posted in our toolkit.
Story maps serve as a great visualization tool for communicating a story or sequential events through the use of photos, videos, and geospatial data; summarizing each step for managers, decision makers and the general public.
The new story maps section of the toolbox highlights two story maps in Delaware that promote local government initiatives to support market-ready (re)development.
Contact IPA’s GIS Specialist Nicole Minni, at firstname.lastname@example.org, to obtain information on contracting her services to develop story maps.
Master Planning is an integral component of the Complete Communities framework. It complements and integrates other planning activities. Local comprehensive plans articulate visions and formulate general guidelines for achieving desired land use patterns in counties and municipalities. Master Planning brings all stakeholders—state agencies, local governments, civic groups, and business leaders—together to “get it done” by spelling out the details of, and the responsibilities for, the provision of infrastructure services in an efficient, timely, and cost-effective manner.
In September 2012, the Office of State Planning Coordination introduced the Guide for Master Planning in Delaware. Visit the Master Planning and Complete Communities section of the toolbox for more information on master planning in Delaware.
“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?”