NCC2050 Comprehensive Rezoning

DComp Rezoning Plan..2.6.24_cover 1elaware State Law requires that land be rezoned to be consistent with the Future Land Use Map within 18 months of comprehensive plan adoption. New Castle County Council approved the NCC2050 Comprehensive plan in July 2022.  

The County notified the public about the Comprehensive Plan, Future Land Use Map (FLUM) and the Comprehensive Rezoning Plan by newspaper notice, website notice and more than 2,000 letters were sent out to every property within a 300-foot radius.

The Department of Land Use presented the Comprehensive Rezoning Path Forward to the New Castle County Council Land Use Committee on February 6, 2024.  You may view that presentation by clicking here.

Read the full NCC2050 Comprehensive Plan by clicking here.

Community Open House Series

The Department of Land Use proposes to draft 10 individual ordinances, one per Council District, which will include the proposed rezonings to comply with the Future Land Use Map contained within the Comprehensive Plan.  After ordinance introduction and noticing, the Department will Co-Host a Community Open House with the District Councilmember(s) to present the rezonings to the public.

AT THE MARCH 11 COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE, POTENTIAL REZONINGS LOCATED WITHIN THE FOLLOWING COUNCIL DISTRICTS WILL BE REVIEWED.

Monday, March 11, 2024, 5:00pm – 7:00pmCommunity Open House Series Flyer

Gilliam Building Multipurpose Room, 77 Reads Way, New Castle, DE 19720

Council District 1 (Councilmember Toole)

09-011.00-070 (606 Stanton Christiana Rd)

09-030.30-091 (2008 Point Hamlet Rd, Christiana Village)

Council District 3 (Councilmember Kilpatrick)

07-009.00-027 (17 Gun Club Rd, Auburn Valley)

07-009.00-028 (0 Creek Rd)

07-009.00-027 (17 Gun Club Rd, Auburn Valley)

08-001.00-022 (1166 Yorklyn Rd, Auburn Valley)

08-007.40-124 (623 Yorklyn Rd, Hockessin Center)

09-008.00-010 (0 Creek Rd, 555 Paper Mill Road)

Council District 9 (Councilmember Sheldon)

No proposed rezonings

Council District 10 (Councilmember Street)

 07-043.40-054 (2 Highspeed Way)

07-043.40-055 (1400 Delmarva Ln, Russell W Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge)

07-044.30-003 (0 S Madison St Off)


AT THE MARCH 25 COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE, POTENTIAL REZONINGS LOCATED WITHIN THE FOLLOWING COUNCIL DISTRICTS WILL BE REVIEWED.

Monday, March 25, 2024, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Redding City/County Building 1st Floor Lobby 800 N. French St, Wilmington, DE 19801

Council District 2 (Councilmember Durham) and Council District 4 (Councilmember Hollins)

06-040.00-002 (0 Concord Pike Off)  

06-077.00-274 (0 Concord Pike Off) 

06-127.00-001 (742 Alapocas Dr)NCC2050_Logo_CMYK (002)

26-014.10-006 (1600 N Park Dr) 

07-030.20-015 (0 New Bridge Rd) 

Council District 8 (Councilmember Cartier)

27-001.00-001(2206 Millers Rd)

06-060.00-010 (1 Naamans Rd) 

06-122.00-081 (301 Carr Rd) 

06-147.00-017 (1204 Lighthouse Rd)

2022 Future Land Use Map 

To review future land use category descriptions, click here.

During the NCC202022 FLUM Map Opens in new window50 Comprehensive Plan process, the Department identified several zoning inconsistencies that exist today that can be proactively corrected through the comprehensive rezoning process.  

These included:

- Glasgow Park is currently zoned BP Business Park

- Parcels along Auburn Valley are currently zoned HI Heavy Industrial

- Parcels along the Jack Markell Trail near the Peterson Wildlife Refuge are currently zoned HI Heavy Industrial

- Sherwood Forrest is zoned I Industrial

- Llangollen Park is currently zoned Industrial

- Parcel immediately adjacent to Prest Property Park is currently zoned Industrial

Has the County ever done this before?   YES!

With the adoption of the Unified Development Code in December 1997 (Ordinance 97-172), the County revised over 100,000 parcels to be consistent with the new zoning categories.

Between 1998 and 2015 the County passed 64 ordinances rectifying inconsistencies in zoning.  The number of parcels on each ordinance ranged from as little as 1 and as high as 4,788 (average 123).  Total Number of parcels 7,675. 

Do developers and property owners get a “free pass” with this ordinance?  NO!

All proposed land development plans must still comply with all regulations of the Unified Development Code.  This includes traffic, environmental regulations, and specific standards for the proposed land use.

Would project applicants still have to attend public hearings?  YES!

All proposed Major Land Development Plans (residential and non-residential) would be required to participate in all required public hearings.  These hearings at minimum include State of Delaware Planning PLUS review, Planning Board Public Hearing, County Council Land Use Committee and County Council Public Hearing.