Unified Development Code (UDC) Update Project

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*5th UDC Public Workshop scheduled to discuss Process & Site Design:



WHEN:  Thursday, June 28, 2017
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Christiana Fire Hall
2 East Main Street
Christiana, DE 19702
Directions 

What is it?

New Castle County, Delaware adopted its Unified Development Code (UDC) in December 1997. The purpose of the UDC is to establish standards, procedures, and minimum requirements, consistent with the Comprehensive Development Plan, which regulate and control the planning and subdivision of lands; the use, bulk, design, and location of land and buildings; the creation and administration of zoning districts; and the general development of real estate in the unincorporated areas of New Castle County, Delaware. Since 1998, the UDC has had 112 Amendments and increased the number of code pages from 374 to 515.

In 2014, initiated outreach and engagement activities with interested citizens, groups, and stakeholders resulted in several discussion points which was utilized in proposing the UDC update project. It became apparent that the New Castle County UDC would need to be assessed and modified in order to address many of the common themes in the discussion results (i.e.  Clear visions and expectations; high quality and well design projects; good jobs and thriving business; etc…) heard during the engagement activities with interested citizens, groups, and stakeholders. The first part of the UDC effort was initiated in March 2015 and consisted of several public workshops and focus group meetings that culminated in three text amendments: Guiding Principles; Economic Empowerment Districts (EED); and Neighborhood Preservation Overlay District (NPOD). On January 23, 2017, County Executive Matthew Meyer signed these three ordinances into law.

Now, the Land Use General Manager (Richard E. Hall, AICP) has taken steps to complete the second part of the UDC Update. This second part addresses “Process” and “Site Design” concerns which have been discussed since September 2016. Similar to the first part, there has been a public workshop and several focus group meetings to discuss potential text amendment changes related to Process and Site Design in various sections within the UDC. The list of potential changes can be found in the tracking spreadsheet below or by clicking here.

What's next?

There is another *public workshop scheduled for June 28, 2017 (see below), to discuss the second part of the UDC Update Project.  Then, a final draft ordinance will be generated and introduced by County Council by August 2017. It is anticipated that the ordinance(s) will go through the Planning Board Public Hearing process in the October/November 2017 time-frame before being heard by County Council in the November/December 2017 time-frame. Please keep monitoring this web site for any meeting dates, times and locations.

​WE ARE CURRENTLY IN PART 2 OF THE UDC REVISION PROJECT: 

*5th UDC Public Workshop scheduled to discuss Process & Site Design



WHEN: Thursday, June 28, 2017
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Christiana Fire Hall
2 East Main Street
Christiana, DE 19702
Directions 
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PRIOR FACT SHEETS AND DOCUMENTS:

Timeline and Schedule of Meetings & Hearings

UDC Update Project - Part 1 Effort and Accomplishments:



On Monday, January 23, County Executive Matt Meyer signed three ordinances creating a new appendix containing Guiding Principles for new development, the standards for creating neighborhood preservation overlay districts and a new zoning district for economic empowerment.

View the video of County Executive Meyer's signing ceremony here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zPbq7s3zHM

Please see below for additional information regarding the evolution and accomplishments of Part 1.
Economic Empowerment Districts
FAQ
Signed Legislation
Contact: Brad Shockley, Planner III
bshockley@nccde.org 

Neighborhood Preservation Overlay Districts
FAQ
Signed Legislation
Contact:  Janet Vinc, Planner III
JLVinc@nccde.org

Appendix 7 - Guiding Principles
FAQ
Signed Legislation
Contact: Marco Boyce, Planner III
MKBoyce@nccde.org