Office of State Planning Coordination

Office of State Planning Coordination

The Office of State Planning Coordination (OSPC) works to improve the coordination and effectiveness of land use decisions made by state, county, and municipal governments while building and maintaining a high quality of life in the State of Delaware. [Read More]

What's Going On . . . 

September PLUS Meeting Set
An agenda has been posted for the September 23, 2015 meeting of the Preliminary Land Use Service (PLUS). State agency planners will meet to review land use change proposals and planning documents prior to giving input to local governments, who make the final land-use decisions. The meeting will start at 9:00 a.m. in first floor conference room of the Haslet Armory, on Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd. South, in Dover.

FirstMap Introductory Seminars Being Held
The FirstMap team is holding 3 introductory seminars, one in each county, to assist users with accessing the data in FirstMap and how to use the system. If you're interested in attending, they are free and no registration is required. The seminars start at 10 am and are as follows:

  • September 18 (Friday) – City of Newark Council Chambers, Newark
  • October 21 (Wednesday) – Kent County Levy Court Building – eDUG meeting, Dover
  • November 19 (Thursday) – Shoreline & Waterway Services Facility, 901 Pilottown Road, Lewes

If you have questions, please feel free to contact FirstMap.

New Comprehensive Plan Checklist and Municipal Comprehensive Plan Guide now available
The OSPC has just thoroughly revised the checklists and guidance provided to local governments about comprehensive planning. There were previously two checklists, one for towns under 2,000 population and one for towns over 2,000 populations. The current revision collapses the two checklists into a single, one page checklist and a more detailed guide containing information on how to address code requirements and other planning elements. The new guide also includes internet links to many other resources that can help local governments as they prepare plans. The requirements for towns over and under the 2,000 population threshold are clearly identified on the checklist and throughout the guide. View the New Checklist and Guide.

New Book Features Delaware's State Planning Program
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy has just published Planning for States and Nation States. This book is a compilation of research about the role of the US federal government and European Union and compares the land use and spatial planning structures in five US states (Oregon, California, Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey) and five western European nations (the Netherlands, Denmark, France, UK and Ireland). To our knowledge, the chapter on Delaware represents the first examination of Delaware's State Planning program by an outside researcher. The chapter on Delaware and the comparisons found elsewhere in the book contain valuable insights into the unique, innovative and effective planning framework that we have created here in Delaware.

Find Out More Information About the Book

The book can be ordered or downloaded here. The download is free, but does require the creation of an account with user name and password.

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Last Updated: Wednesday September 02, 2015
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