On July 15, 2021, the New Castle County Department of Land Use hosted the NCC@2050 Summer Forum as part of the public engagement for the NCC@2050 Comprehensive Plan process. The forum included presentations of the planning team’s latest work—scenario planning and tradeoffs (more info here)—and small group discussion, along with a survey and map activity that was up through August 8. We have summarized the input received and are sharing with you our summary (which can be viewed by clicking here).
The discussion in breakout groups and comments on the survey indicate that many participants found these questions hard to answer. And we agree! These are difficult trade-offs with no one right answer. Different people have different preferences about how they want to live and what they want to see in the County. Sometimes we want things that are actually incompatible with each other (like low taxes and high quality infrastructure and services, or easy parking but also vibrant, walkable places). These choices are difficult, and we thank everyone who struggled through trying to answer them.
What’s Next: New Castle County Department of Land Use staff will use the input from this round of engagement as they revise the focus areas and create the first draft of the Future Land Use Map, revise the Goals/Objectives/Strategies, and develop the first full draft of the Comprehensive Plan.
Please watch your email and the NCC@2050 website for the release of draft documents and more opportunities to give input.