LOCAL PLANNING ASSISTANCE
The Office of State Planning Coordination provides a wide range of planning assistance to county and local governments. Land use decisions in Delaware are made at the municipal and county level. State government provides over-all guidance and coordination and serves as a planning resource for local governments.
Planning professionals in the State Planning Office are assigned to provide primary assistance for local governments in each county. These planners have become informally known as "circuit-rider planners."
- New Castle County Circuit-Rider Planner
Herb M. Inden
- Kent County Circuit-Rider Planner
David L. Edgell, AICP
- Sussex County Circuit-Rider Planner
Municipal Planning Checklists
State law (22 Delaware Code §702) requires Delaware municipal governments to develop and regularly update land use plans. Smaller cities and towns (those with a population under 2,000) are required to develop a municipal development strategy. Larger cities and towns are required to develop more detailed Comprehensive Land Use Plans.
The Office of State Planning Coordination's circuit-rider planners are available to help municipal governments through the planning process as are staff with the University of Delaware's Institute for Public Administration. There are also private-sector planning and consulting firms available to help develop Comprehensive Plans.
The Office has prepared checklists designed to help municipal governments meet the requirements of state laws regarding planning.