The Office of State Planning Coordination (OSPC) works to improve the coordination and effectiveness of land use decisions made by state, county, and municipal governments while building and maintaining a high quality of life in the State of Delaware. [Read More]
What's Going On . . .
July PLUS Meeting Set
An agenda has been posted for the July 22, 2015 meeting of the Preliminary Land Use Service (PLUS). State agency planners will meet to review land use change proposals and planning documents prior to giving input to local governments, who make the final land-use decisions. The meeting will start at 9:00 a.m. in first floor conference room of the Haslet Armory, on Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd. South, in Dover.
Census Workshops Being Offered
The U.S. Census will be hosting two half-day workshops on September 2, 2015: Census Demographic Data Resources (9am – noon) and Census Data and Resources for GIS Users (1 pm – 4 pm). The workshops will be held at the Kent County Administrative Complex. Please register by August 21st since space is limited! For details please see the Registration Form.
New Comprehensive Plan Checklist and Municipal Comprehensive Plan Guide now available
The OSPC has just thoroughly revised the checklists and guidance provided to local governments about comprehensive planning. There were previously two checklists, one for towns under 2,000 population and one for towns over 2,000 populations. The current revision collapses the two checklists into a single, one page checklist and a more detailed guide containing information on how to address code requirements and other planning elements. The new guide also includes internet links to many other resources that can help local governments as they prepare plans. The requirements for towns over and under the 2,000 population threshold are clearly identified on the checklist and throughout the guide. View the New Checklist and Guide.
New Book Features Delaware's State Planning Program
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy has just published Planning for States and Nation States. This book is a compilation of research about the role of the US federal government and European Union and compares the land use and spatial planning structures in five US states (Oregon, California, Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey) and five western European nations (the Netherlands, Denmark, France, UK and Ireland). To our knowledge, the chapter on Delaware represents the first examination of Delaware's State Planning program by an outside researcher. The chapter on Delaware and the comparisons found elsewhere in the book contain valuable insights into the unique, innovative and effective planning framework that we have created here in Delaware.
Find Out More Information About the Book
The book can be ordered or downloaded here. The download is free, but does require the creation of an account with user name and password.