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Appeal Period for Revised FEMA Maps

New Castle County is in the final month of the 90 day public appeal period of the Preliminary maps issued by FEMA on May 10, 2013 and August 7, 2013.  Any property owner or lessee of real property within unincorporated New Castle County who believes his or her property rights will be adversely impacted by the proposed flood hazard determinations may appeal to New Castle County.  The appeal must be based on the possession of knowledge or information indicating that the proposed flood hazard determinations are scientifically or technically incorrect.  The appeal period runs through April 30, 2014.

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Land Use regulates all new and existing development in unincorporated New Castle county and enforces the laws governing property maintenance. Our employees are engaged in a broad spectrum of land-related processes and activities, from proposed development reviews to permits, licensing of contractors, inspection of construction, and property maintenance.

Our mission is to create a common vision for the future of New Castle County through a proactive community, civic and business planning effort that involves all stakeholders in a consensus-building process.  This vision will bring vitality to our County by linking land use with transportation, enticing desired investment and ensuring the protection of our neighborhoods, and the revitalization of our commercial corridors.

Department Organization
General Manager Eileen P. Fogarty

Land Use is structured into the following divisions and sections:

Jim Smith, Assistant General Manager:
George O. Haggerty, Jr., Assistant General Manager:

Gift Policy
The Department of Land Use has a zero tolerance gift policy. No gift shall be accepted by an employee from any member of the public when the gift is given as a result of contact created by a New Castle county business relationship.

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