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.”
Acting Circuit-Rider Planner for New Castle County
David L. Edgell, AICP
Circuit-Rider Planner for Kent County
Dorothy Morris, AICP
Circuit-Rider Planner for Sussex County
Comprehensive Plan Checklist and Municipal Comprehensive Plan Guide
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.
OSPC's circuit-rider planners are available to help municipal governments through the planning process as is 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 the Comprehensive Plan Checklist and Municipal Comprehensive Plan Guide to help municipal governments meet the requirements of state laws regarding planning. These documents have recently been revised. The checklist is now a single page and focusses on code requirements. The guide has been expanded to include even more guidance about planning strategies as well as information about other state programs and resources that can assist local governments as they craft plans that address the needs of their communities.