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Posted on: October 16, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Discussion on Traffic Impact Requirements for Land Development


New Castle County government invites members of the public to attend a panel discussion on traffic impact requirements for land development hosted by the Department of Land Use on Wednesday, October 18. The event will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at the Route 9 Library and Innovation Center, located at 3022 New Castle Avenue, New Castle, 19720.

Panelists will include transportation, economic and engineering professionals and civic leaders. The event will kick off with a review of how New Castle County considers the vehicular traffic impact of proposed development (known as Level of Service standards) in the planning review process, issues with its implementation, information on what other jurisdictions do and potential ideas to consider for addressing some of criticisms of the law. This will be followed by a panel discussion, questions from the audience, and interactive polling of the audience.

“Public participation is vitally important to our shared future,” County Executive Matt Meyer said. “Please attend this informative presentation and panel discussion.”

Space is limited. To ensure adequate seating attendees are asked to register in advance by clicking here. 

Residents are encouraged to review a Level of Service White Paper commissioned by the Department of Land Use, available online at This document explores the Level of Service standard in New Castle County and in other jurisdictions.

About the Department of Land Use
The New Castle County Department of Land Use regulates planning for all new and existing development in unincorporated New Castle county and enforces building and zoning codes and property maintenance standards. Its staff is engaged in a broad spectrum of land-related processes and activities, from proposed development reviews, to permits, licensing of contractors, inspection of construction, enforcement of the property maintenance code and more.

Planning and development in New Castle County

New Castle County’s Comprehensive Plan serves as a blueprint for future development and redevelopment in unincorporated areas of the County. It is based on an analysis of current and future population and employment projections and an estimate of how much land is needed for infill development, redevelopment and open space preservation to best serve residents. It identifies locations for housing, offices, industrial and other commercial development, retail, schools and community facilities as well as parks and open space. It also provides direction for connecting these areas through public utilities (water and sewer service) and transportation infrastructure (roads and highways, bicycle and pedestrian paths and public transit). The County’s Unified Development Code (UDC) contains ordinances that implement the Comprehensive Plan. It provides the regulatory framework for each land use type, sets density requirements and governs intensity of building and development, establishes design requirements to ensure environmental protection, stormwater management and compatibility with surrounding neighborhoods and creates standards all building and structures must meet to ensure quality and safety for occupants.

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