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July PLUS meeting set
An agenda has been posted for the July 25, 2012 (pdf) 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 the first floor conference room of the Haslet Armory, on William Penn Street, in Dover.

June PLUS meeting set
An agenda has been posted for the June 27, 2012 (pdf) 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 the first floor conference room of the Haslet Armory, on William Penn Street, in Dover.

May PLUS meeting set
An agenda has been posted for the May 23, 2012 (pdf) 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 the first floor conference room of the Haslet Armory, on William Penn Street, in Dover.

April PLUS meeting set
An agenda has been posted for the April 24, 2012 (pdf) 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 the first floor conference room of the Haslet Armory, on William Penn Street, in Dover.

May 8th Access to Healthy Communities in Delaware’s Build Environment
Join us on May 8, 2012 at the Outlook at the Duncan Center to discuss Access to Healthy Communities in Delaware’s Built Environment - Breaking the Barriers to Healthy Communities.

Creating healthy communities should be a priority for all local governments. developers, and citizens of the State of Delaware. In this forum we will discuss what the barriers are to creating healthy communities and learn how some towns are breaking those barriers. We need your input on what barriers remain and what the next step is to creating healthier communities across Delaware.

This is a free forum with breakfast and lunch provided; however, registration is limited to the first 100 people.
If you are interested in attending this forum, please complete the registration form (pdf) and return it to our office by April 23, 2012

March PLUS meeting set
An agenda has been posted for the March 28 (pdf) 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 the first floor conference room of the Haslet Armory, on William Penn Street, in Dover.

February PLUS meeting set
An agenda has been posted for the February 22, 2012 (pdf) 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 the first floor conference room of the Haslet Armory, on William Penn Street, in Dover.

January PLUS meeting set
An agenda has been posted for the January 25, 2012 (pdf) 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 the first floor conference room of the Haslet Armory, on William Penn Street, in Dover.

Agenda Posted for January 12, 2012 DGDC Meeting
January 12, 2012, Room 220, Kent County Bldg, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
A draft agenda (PDF) is now posted for the September 8, 2011 meeting of the Delaware Geographic Data Committee (DGDC). The meeting will start at 9:00 a.m. in Room 220 of the Kent County Administration Building, at 555 Bay Road (Route 113), in Dover. All are welcome.

December Plus Meeting set
An agenda has been posted for the December 28, 2011 (pdf) 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 the first floor conference room of the Haslet Armory, on William Penn Street, in Dover.

November PLUS meeting set

An agenda has been posted for the November 23, 2011 (pdf) 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 the first floor conference room of the Haslet Armory, on William Penn Street, in Dover.

DGDC Executive Council agenda posted
The Executive Council of the Delaware Geographic Data Committee (DGDC) will meet on Thursday, October 20, 2011, in Dover. The draft agenda (PDF) includes and update on the orthophotography project, an update on the work being done by DelDOT to create a statewide routable centerline.

The meeting will start at 10:00 a.m., in room 133 of the Haslet Armory, at 122 William Penn Street, in Dover. The Executive Council is charged with oversight of GIS Coordination in Delaware and works closely with the full membership of the DGDC.

Agenda set for October PLUS meeting
An agenda has been posted for the October 26, 2011 image: pdf logo 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 the first floor conference room of the Haslet Armory, on William Penn Street, in Dover.

Agenda set for September PLUS meeting
An agenda has been posted for the September 28, 2011 (pdf) 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 the first floor conference room of the Haslet Armory, on William Penn Street, in Dover.

Agenda set for August PLUS meeting
An agenda has been posted for the August 24 (pdf) 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 the first floor conference room of the Haslet Armory, on William Penn Street, in Dover.

DGDC Executive Council to Meet
July 21, 2010
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

The Executive Council of the Delaware Geographic Data Committee (DGDC) will meet on Thursday, July 21, 2011, in Dover. The draft agenda (PDF) discussion of a possible 2011 orthophotography project, and discussion regarding a presentation to the Cabinet Committee on State Planning Issues.

The meeting will start at 10:00 a.m., in room 133 of the Haslet Armory, at 122 William Penn Street, in Dover. The Executive Council is charged with oversight of GIS Coordination in Delaware and works closely with the full membership of the DGDC.

Census Bureau Releases New Local-Level Demographic Information from 2010 Census for Delaware
The U.S. Census Bureau today released new, detailed demographic information from the 2010 Census for Delaware. These Summary File 1 tables provide the most detailed counts available so far from the 2010 Census, including cross-tabulations of age, sex, households, families, relationship to householder, housing units, detailed race and Hispanic or Latino origin groups, and group quarters. The statistics are available for a variety of geographic areas, with most tables available down to the block or census tract level. The demographic information can be found on the Census Bureau’s American Fact Finder website by entering “Delaware” in the Quick Start geography text box. (6/23/2011)

OSPC To Hire Principal Planner PDF
The Office of State Planning Coordination has posted a job opening for a principal planner to work on GIS policy and planning and data-sharing among all levels of government.

Agenda for June PLUS Meeting Now Available
An agenda has been posted for the June 22 (PDF) 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 the first floor conference room of the Haslet Armory, on William Penn Street, in Dover.
(6/3/11)

Census Bureau Releases 2010 Census Demographic Profiles for Delaware
The U.S. Census Bureau has released the Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 for Delaware. The demographic profiles provide 2010 Census data on age and sex distributions, race, Hispanic or Latino origin, household relationship and type, the group quarters population, and housing occupancy and tenure (whether the housing occupant owns or rents). Throughout May, these profiles are being released on a rolling basis for all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The profile includes more than 150 data items in all, plus percentage distributions.

The demographic profiles can be found on the Census Bureau's American Fact Finder website by entering "Delaware" in the Quick Start geography text box.
(5/20/11)

May PLUS Meeting Agenda
An agenda has been posted for the May 25 (PDF) 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 the first floor conference room of the Haslet Armory, on William Penn Street, in Dover.
(5/5/11)

Agenda Posted for April PLUS Meeting
An agenda has been posted for the April 27 (PDF) 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 8:30 a.m. in the first floor conference room of the Haslet Armory, on William Penn Street, in Dover.
(4/7/11)

Announcing: A Development Trends Data Collection
The Office of State Planning Coordination has published a new collection of development application and building permit data from the 60 local governments that make the land-use decisions in Delaware. The Development Trends data collection includes tabular data showing residential and non-residential development application approvals and building permits issued in 2008 and 2009, by jurisdiction and by six-month time periods (the first half and second half of each year). The data are also presented as point-based geospatial data, viewable using Google earth or traditional GIS tools. The development trends data are collected on a regular basis by the Office and used to analyze development trends in the state.
(3/16/11)

March PLUS Meeting Agenda Posted
State agency planners will have a light agenda when they gather on March 23 for the next meeting of the Preliminary Land Use Service (PLUS). The PLUS meeting agenda (PDF) includes reviews of one site plan and one proposed land use code amendment. State planners use the PLUS process to review proposals and offer their advice and comment to local government leaders, who make the final decisions. The meeting will start at 8:30 a.m., in Room 133 of the Haslet Armory, on William Penn Street, in Dover.
(3/4/11)

Agenda Posted for February PLUS Meeting
An agenda has been posted for the February 23 (PDF) 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 8:30 a.m. in the first floor conference room of the Haslet Armory, on William Penn Street, in Dover.
(2/7/11)

Cabinet Committee Reports to Governor on State Planning Issues
Report to the Governor and the 146th General AssemblyThe Cabinet Committee on State Planning Issues has published its 2010 Annual Report to the Governor and General Assembly. The report, called for under Delaware state law, examines land use planning progress and recent trends, and includes recommendations for future planning efforts.

The Annual Report, published on the Office of State Planning Coordination web site, details progress on Governor Markell's land use agenda, state financial investments in support of planning, comprehensive planning efforts by county and municipal governments, and recent trends in land use changes in Delaware.

"State workers, county and city staff, and the citizens who volunteer their time as elected officials and planning commissioners have made great progress improving land use planning in this state," said State Planning Coordinator Connie Holland. "This report simply recognizes that good work and presents ideas for next steps to continue that work."

The Annual Report recommends a work-plan for the next year to help meet the Governor's goals of a more efficient state government, promotion of economic growth, improved educational opportunities, and a better quality of life. The work plan includes:

  • Adopting and implementing an update of the Strategies for State Policies and Spending,
  • Improving the coordination of the use and sharing of data resources needed by state and local governments, as well as the private sector, and
  • A series of legislative proposals to streamline state land use law and strengthen county and municipal planning efforts.

The Cabinet Committee on State Planning Issues was established in 1994 as an advisory body to promote "the orderly growth and development of the State." Its members include members of the Governor's cabinet who head the Delaware Economic Development Office, the Office of Management and Budget, State Housing Authority, and the Departments of Finance, Transportation, Agriculture, Education, Safety and Homeland Security, and Natural Resources and Environmental Control.
(1/31/11)

NEA Offers Community Planning Grants
The
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is offering two grant opportunities for community organizations and local governments to help with regional planning and community improvement.

The first -- Your Town: The Citizens' Institute on Rural Design -- is designed to help non-profits, community organizations, and local governments tackle critical regional planning issues through design by bringing design professionals to a community for a multi-day workshop. Up to $22,000 is available for towns under 50,000 population. The application deadline is February 25.

The second -- Our Town -- is intended to help communities build new vitality, economic vigor and livability around the arts. A limited number of grants, ranging from $25,000 to $250,000, are available for "creative place making projects." The application deadline is April 25.
(1/21/11)

January PLUS Agenda Posted
The January 26, 2011 PLUS meeting agenda (PDF) has been posted. PLUS is the Preliminary Land Use Service, which allows state agency planners to review land use change proposals and planning documents prior to giving input to local governments. The meeting will be held in the first floor conference room of the Haslet Armory, on William Penn Street, in Dover. It will start at 8:30 a.m.
(1/6/11)

Delaware Census Data Workshop Planned for January 14
The Delaware Census State Data Center program will offer a Census Data Workshop on January 14 to provide training on 2010 Census data, data from the American Community Survey (ACS), the Census Bureau's American FactFinder web site, and other data resources from the US Census Bureau. It will be held on Friday, January 14, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, in Room 220 of the Kent County Administration Building, at 555 Bay Road (Route 113), in Dover. The workshop is free and open to all those who are interested, though space limitations may come into play. Pre-registration is required.
(12/29/10)

2010 Census Finds 897,934 Persons in Delaware
Delaware's resident population grew by 14.6 percent between 2000 and 2010 to reach 897,934 persons, according to new state population totals released by the US Census Bureau. The nation's population grew by 9.7 percent to reach 308.7 million. Delaware had the 11th highest percent growth rate for the decade. Nevada had the highest percent population change, at 35.1 percent, while Michigan lost 0.6 percent of its population.

Chart of Delaware Population counts for all CensusesDelaware's population growth of 14.6 percent over the last ten years is the 8th highest percent change between Census counts for the state. The largest jump in Delaware's population came between 1950 and 1960, when the state population grew by just over 40 percent.

Delaware, with a population density of 460.8 persons per square mile in 2010, ranked eighth in population density according to the Census Bureau. The District of Columbia ranked first in population density at 9,856.5 per square mile. New Jersey was the most densely populated of the states, with 1,195.5 persons per square mile. Wyoming was the least densely populated, with 5.8 persons per square mile. The national density was 87.4 persons per square mile.

Today's data release is the first from the 2010 Census and is limited to a total population count for each state, as required before the end of the Census year to start the process of apportioning Congressional representation. The Census Bureau released both the 2010 Census count of resident population - 897,934 - and an apportionment total, which is the number used to reapportion seats in Congress. This number - 900,877 - includes both resident population counted in the 2010 Census "and counts of overseas U.S. military and federal civilian employees (and their dependents living with them) allocated to their home state, as reported by the employing federal agencies."

Delaware has only one representative in Congress and is unlikely to ever get more.

The Census Bureau has released an interactive map graphic to show changes in population, and congressional apportionment, for each state since 1900.

Census data for counties, cities and towns, census tracts, and other small areas will be released starting in February. These data will be used to redistrict state and local representative areas in Delaware.

2011 PLUS Meeting Schedule Released
The Delaware Office of State Planning Coordination has released the schedule of meetings for the Preliminary Land Use Service (PLUS) for 2011. The PLUS process provides a forum of state agency planners to review and provide input on land-use change proposals, development projects, local government comprehensive plans and other land-use issues. Feedback from state planners is provided both to developers and to local government officials, who have the final say on land-use change proposals.

PLUS applications are due the first state government working day of each month. PLUS meetings are generally scheduled for the fourth Wednesday of the month. PLUS meetings are open to the public, but are not considered public hearings. They are designed to provide state input into local government planning processes. PLUS meeting agendas, and detailed application information, are usually posted within a week of each monthly deadline on the PLUS pages.
(12/20/10)

New American Community Survey Estimates Provide a Portrait of Delaware
The US Census Bureau has released new demographic estimates that provide a portrait of the characteristics of Delaware at many levels - statewide, by county, place, school district, and more. The new data are 5-year American Community Survey (ACS) estimates covering the years 2005 through 2009 that provide social, economic, housing and demographic statistics comparable to the old "long form" data that were available every ten years from the decennial census.

According to the 2005-2009 ACS narrative profile for the state of Delaware, there were 325,000 households in Delaware and the average household size was 2.6 people.

Families made up 68 percent of the households in Delaware. This figure includes both married-couple families (50 percent) and other families (18 percent). Nonfamily households made up 32 percent of all households in Delaware. Most of the nonfamily households were people living alone, but some were composed of people living in households in which no one was related to the householder.

The American Community Survey is a rolling annual sample survey mailed to about 3 million addresses, nationally, over the 5-year period. Pooling responses over that 5-year period allows the Census Bureau to provide detailed statistical information for small geographic areas.

It is important to note that the ACS data are based on aggregated sample data and are estimates. Combining many years makes for more accurate estimates, but these data are published with clear statements of the margins of error that should be taken into account.

For example, the ACS reports that the percentage of persons aged 25 and older in New Castle County who had earned a Bachelor's degree as their highest educational attainment was 19.2%, with a margin of error of plus or minus 0.6. That suggests that the percentage actually is between 18.6 and 19.8. It is important to keep margins of error in mind when comparing different areas. This will be particularly important for areas with small populations where the margins of error will be higher.

The data are available from the Census Bureau's American FactFinder web site. There are data profiles, detailed tables, special subject tables, thematic maps and other forms of data download.

This is the first release of 5-year ACS data. Larger geographic areas have received 3-year and 1-year ACS estimates in the past. This is the first time ACS data for delaware has been broadly available for less than the county level. The ACS will produce 5-year, aggregated data each year going forward, giving communities a powerful tool to track local trends over time.
(12/14/10)

Agenda Posted for December PLUS Meeting
An agenda has been posted for the December 22 meeting (PDF) of the Preliminary Land Use Service (PLUS). The meeting is set for 8:30 a.m., in Room 133 of the Haslet Armory, in Dover. It will allow state agency planners to review land-use change proposals in order to offer advice and assistance to local governments, who make the final land use decisions.
(12/7/10)

New Castle County Begins Comprehensive Plan Update
Planners in New Castle County will meet with the public on December 2 to start what promises to be a full year of productive discussion towards an update of the County Comprehensive Plan. A new web site has been established, which includes information on public meetings, a collection of draft documents, a link to the existing (2007) Plan, and more. There is an e-mail newsletter and a twitter account dedicated to the update. The comprehensive plan is a document that presents a community's vision for the future. Delaware cities and counties update their plans every five years.
(11/19/10)

Holland Honored by Statewide Planners' Group
Connie Holland and Pat MaleyState Planning Director Constance Holland was given The Peter Larson Memorial Achievement Award at the annual meeting of the Delaware Chapter of the American Planning Association on November 8, 2010. The award was given in recognition of "a portfolio of work which has advanced the profession of planning in the state of Delaware."

Connie Holland, a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), rose from the staff ranks in Kent County government to become the county's Director of Planning Services before joining state government in 2001 as Director of the Office of State Planning Coordination. The award recognizes a career of more than three decades working with all levels of government to improve land use planning in Delaware.

"Her projects are far too numerous to verbalize here," said Pat Maley, of the Wilmington Planning Department and outgoing Delaware APA Chapter President. "She is the face of Planning in Kent County and for the entire state."

The Larson Award was established in 2000 in memory of Peter Larson, who is remembered as the first professional planner in Delaware and the first planning director for the City of Wilmington. The award has only been given twice before, once to Peter Larson's mentee and fellow Wilmington Planning Director Donn Devine in 2002, and in 2006 to Ed O'Donnell, former New Castle County planner and a staff member at the University of Delaware's Institute for Public Administration.
Photo credit: Mark Deshon (UD)
(11/9/10)

November PLUS Meeting Agenda Available
The agenda for the November 24 meeting (PDF) of the Preliminary Land Use Service (PLUS) is short and, for the first time, contains no specific development proposals. Instead, state agency planners will review draft zoning ordinance updates from the City of Lewes and the Town of Camden and a draft comprehensive plan amendment from the Town of Millsboro. The PLUS meeting allows state planners to review and offer comments on local land use decisions and planning documents. Local government officials have the final say on land use issues. The meeting will start at 8:30 a.m., in the first floor conference room of the Haslet Armory, on William Penn Street, in Dover.
(11/4/10)

Delaware Population Projected to Grow by 25 Percent by 2040
The Delaware Population Consortium (DPC) has approved the 2010 edition of its annual population projection series, which projects population for the state, the three counties, and Delaware's three largest cities. The DPC projections include key demographic and economic components for the state and counties, including factors such as births and deaths, households, workforce and jobs. State and county projections are through 2040. Projections for Wilmington, Newark and Dover are through 2030.

Delaware's population is projected to grow by more than 225,000 between now and 2040, an increase of 25 percent, reaching a projected population of more than 1.1 million. Sussex County is expected to see the largest percent increase in population - 57 percent - and grow by almost 112,000 to 308,290 persons. Kent County's population is projected to reach 204,952 by 2040, gaining nearly 45,000 for an increase of 28 percent. New Castle County is expected to grow by 13 percent over the same period, adding almost 69,000 to reach a 2040 population of 606,881.

This year, for the first time, the Consortium has included a projection of Delaware's Hispanic population, for the state and counties. The new Hispanic projections are intended as indicators of population size and growth trends and not as firm projections of population numbers. These data should be used with caution. They are an initial allocation of expected population, created using a simplified methodology that will be replaced by a more detailed, and accurate, component method once 2010 Census data are available.

The Delaware Population Consortium includes members from state government, all three counties, the major cities and the academic sector. It meets throughout each year to develop an annual set of projections that are used in comprehensive land use plans, school planning, transportation planning, budget development, and many management applications throughout all levels of government. The projections are also used by private sector partners for business plan development, marketing and other functions.
(10/28/10)

Delawareans Responded Well to the 2010 US Census
Delawareans responded to the 2010 Census at a slightly higher rate than they did the 2000 Census, according to final response rate data released this week by the US Census Bureau. Overall, 72 percent of Delaware households filled out and mailed back their 2010 Census questionnaire this spring, as compared to 71 percent in the 2000 Census. The final rate is better than the preliminary response rate posted in late April. Delaware's response rate was somewhat lower than the national response rate, which was 74 percent. The data table at right is also available on Google Documents.

The final response rate measures the percentage of households that responded by mail. According to the Census Bureau, the remaining households took a bit more work:

Approximately 47 million households that did not mail back a census form by the deadline were visited by census takers in person as part of a series of operations and methods to ensure as complete a count as possible. The Census Bureau either received a form or attempted repeated visits to 100 percent of the identified housing units in the country.

Kent and New Castle Counties both had final response rates of 76 percent. Kent County improved on a 2000 Census response rate of 74 percent while New Castle County dropped slightly from a 2000 response rate of 77 percent. Sussex County's response rate of 60 percent was a four percent improvement over its 2000 response rate of 56 percent.

Among Delaware's cities and towns, Ardencroft (84%), Felton (83%), Townsend (82%) and Frederica, Middletown and Viola (all 81%) had the highest response rates. Thirty two improved their response rates between 2000 and 2010, with Cheswold, Clayton, Kenton, Houston and Woodside making the largest gains in Census response.

Delaware will start to see the results of the Census in December, when a national-level demographic profile, as well as state-level population totals (needed for apportioning Congressional seats) will be released. More detailed data needed for redistricting will be released in early 2011, followed by a series of scheduled data releases for the next few years.
(10/22/10)

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