Historic Review Board

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INFORMATION REGARDING VIRTUAL PUBLIC MEETINGS: 

In accordance with Governor Carney’s recently issued Proclamation, coupled with the Governor’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 meeting ID. This information will be specified on the appropriate *Public Hearing/Meeting Agenda approximately two (2) business days prior to the scheduled hearing date.  *NOTE: Up-to-date public hearing agendas are available in our Agenda Center  and  through the Meeting  Schedule links below.

Additional information regarding Virtual Public Meetings may be found at: Virtual Meetings-Land-Use

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Regular Meetings (Public Hearings)

  • 5 p.m.
  • Business meetings held the first Tuesday of the month
  • Public hearings held the 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

Members

  • Barbara E. Benson, PhD, Chair
  • Karen Anderson, AIA, LEED BD+C
  • John T. Brook, Esq.
  • John R. Davis, PE
  • Stephen L. Johns, PE, PLS
  • Paresh (Perry) Patel, MBA, CHA
  • Barbara H. Silber, MA, RPA
  • Rafael X. Zahralddin-Aravena, Esq.
  • One vacancy

Board Responsibilities

The Historic Review Board makes recommendations and delineations for historic district boundaries, maintains a survey of historic properties, and reviews permits relative to historic properties. For the exact language defining the board’s responsibilities, please see Section 40.30.330 of the Unified Development Code. Members are appointed by the county executive and County Council.

Legal Authority

  • UDC articles 30, 15, 31
  • IBC - Sections dealing with demolition and historic structures and permits for historic structures
  • Certification agreement between the State of Delaware and New Castle County, effective September 16, 1986, conferring on the County Certified Local Government Status
  • Guidelines for implementation of a certified local government program in Delaware

For more information on Historic Preservation, visit our Historic Planning page.