Friday, September 22, 2006

Changes Coming to New Castle County's Comprehensive Plan

Nancy at The Delaware Way knows a thing or two about open space preservation. So when she posts about New Castle County's updating its Comprehensive Plan, you should pay attention. NCC's Comp Plan is the document that guides zoning decisions for more than half a million residents (62 percent of Delaware's population). Nancy describes how The Committee of 100 is trying to shape the process to make it easier to develop open space and even historic sites.
NCC has a page with links to meeting minutes, growth scenarios, population projections, water and wastewater studies, surveys and policy research--more than you may ever want to know on planning (even my eyes glaze over).
The page includes maps that provide a bird's eye view of competing scenarios for future development:
Scenario 1 - Existing Future Land Use Map
Scenario 2A - Mixed Use Center Development
Scenario 3A - Accelerated Southern Buildout with Mixed Use Centers
Scenario 4A - Centralized Southern Development with Mixed Use Centers
Scenario 5 - Northern Redevelopment
Scenario 5A - Northern Redevelopment with Mixed Use Centers
Scenario 6 - Slower Growth
If you care which of these scenarios shapes future growth, then you need to make your views known to your county government. These maps provide the big picture, but details matter. Pay close attention to the draft reports on infrastructure, economic development, infill, transportation and development permitting. These drafts will shape the way our local governments will manage growth for years to come.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The General Manager of county land use gave a "report on the progress of the CPU" last night in Odessa for the Sierra Club.
He had nothing to report besides that Chris Coons had hired a consulting firm to make the draft "more user friendly" (probably in anticipation of the eyes-glaze-over effect).

The MOT setting for this meeting was right where the new growth is being planned and it was pointed out that the realty transfer taxes etc. emanating from the massive development there would be the lions share of future county revenue and they only had two votes out of the 13 representative council seats.

That most bodies who are filling in the housing between the canal and Dover are retirees (no employment tax) and communters who pack the roads at rush hour.

The NCC impact fees run around 6% of costs, a pitance (better than Sussex at NO FEES and with Kent just now enacting them).

The Roger Roy legacy has let DelDOT work secret transit agreements with developers and the county is providing the sewers.

The outcome of the planning update does depend on citzen input. Coons has not decided yet to give public forums (beyond meeting with individual civic groups as invited) noting that sometimes people do not show up.

Otherwise the draft will be presented to the planning board, council and the state's Livable Delaware group as soon as it is ready.

1:38 PM, September 22, 2006  

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