Planning Board

Information Regarding Virtual Public Meetings and Hearings: 

In accordance with Governor Carney’s Declaration of a State of Emergency, the Department of Land Use is now holding all public hearings and meetings in a "virtual" format as a telephone and video conference, utilizing Zoom Meetings. Members of the public wishing to join any Land Use Board public hearing or other public meeting may do so by utilizing a link or phone number(s) and the appropriate Zoom meeting ID. This information will be specified on the appropriate *Public Hearing/Meeting Agenda no less than two (2) business days prior to the scheduled hearing date. *NOTE: Up-to-date public hearing agendas including Zoom meeting log-in information are available in our Agenda Center or through the Scheduled Meeting links below.

Zoom Help CenterAdditional information regarding Virtual Public Meetings may be found at: Virtual Meetings-Land-Use

Please view our Planning Board Virtual Business Meeting Information Guide in advance of any virtual business meeting of interest.

Note for Applicants only: 
Applicants must submit presentation materials electronically to the Department of Land Use no less than five (5) business days prior to the scheduled public hearing. Please email us with any questions.

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Public Hearing

  • First Tuesday of the month (Note: dates, times and/or locations of meetings and hearings are subject to change.)
  • James Gilliam Building Multi-purpose Room
    67 Read’s Way
    New Castle, DE 19720
  • Meetings start at 7 p.m.
  • Public comments welcome

Business Meeting

  • Third Tuesday of the month (Note: dates, times and/or locations of meetings and hearings are subject to change.)
  • New Castle County Government Center 87 Read’s Way, New Castle, DE 19720
  • Meetings start at 9 a.m.
  • Open to the public but there is no public comment period at business meetings


  • Karen Peterson, Chairperson
  • Leone Cahill-Krout
  • Jonathan Cochran
  • Joseph Daigle
  • Leah Gray
  • William V. McGlinchey
  • Robert Snowden
  • Ruth Visvardis
  • Kiana Williams

Board Responsibilities

The New Castle County Planning Board is a nine member public board, mandated by state law, that is responsible for reviewing proposed changes to zoning, subdivision regulations, deed restrictions, and the Comprehensive Development Plan. Deed restriction changes refer only to those deed restrictions to which New Castle County is a party or a beneficiary. This does not include community deed restrictions. Following review and a public hearing, the board issues recommendations on these proposals which are provided to County Council prior to their taking action.

The Planning Board is also tasked with rendering a final decision on subdivision variances and appeals of Land Use Department interpretations of subdivision regulations. These are also discussed at a public hearing and testimony is taken before the board acts to render a decision.

Legal Authority

Standards by which the Planning Board makes recommendations and decisions may be found in the following sections of the Unified Development Code:

  • Amendments – 40.31.420
  • Deed Restriction Change Applicability and Procedures – 40.31.130
  • Subdivision Appeals – 40.31.512
  • Subdivision Variances – 40.31.452
  • Zoning Map Amendments – 40.31.410

Planning Board Business Meeting Minutes

Annual Reports