Southern New Castle County Master Plan

SNCC LogoThe Department of Land Use, Wilmington Area Planning Council, and the Delaware Department of Transportation are developing a Master Plan for Southern New Castle County (SNCC), encompassing the entire area of New Castle County below the C & D Canal. The Master Plan builds on the work of previous plans, including the 2009 Infrastructure Master Plan and the 2003 Local Road Plan, and will help guide development and transportation decisions in one of New Castle County’s fastest growing areas for decades to come.  

For complete information regarding this study, please visit WILMAPCO's Southern New Castle County Master Plan webpage.



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SNCC Cover 9.4.19 Opens in new windowSouthern NCC Master Plan Scenario Development Update 

The master plan process for southern New Castle County kicked off in October 2018 with a public meeting that provided a project overview, preliminary baseline information, and some mapping activities. Visioning workshops took place in the winter of 2019 to gain a sense of what the community envisions for the future of the area. With this information, the project team developed three draft scenarios to begin exploring how the community’s goals and objectives could best be achieved. Those preliminary land use scenarios were shared at a community workshop in June 2019 and are now undergoing further evaluation and refinement. We are aiming to have a draft final plan in the spring of 2020 (see plan timeline below), which will set the long-term, publicly-supported vision for land use and infrastructure in southern New Castle County and define policy and recommendations for achieving that vision.

This report summarizes work done to date—emphasizing the preliminary land use scenarios and public feedback—as well as next steps.


Southern NCC Master Plan Scenario Development Workshop - June 24, 2019

The June workshop was an opportunity for the community to see and discuss preliminary land use scenarios, developed based on stakeholder input received through the visioning phase. The evening included a presentation explaining results from the visioning phase, the current growth policies and conditions in southern New Castle County, and explaining the three preliminary scenarios. 

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The workshop presentation may be viewed here or by clicking the icon to the left.


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The scenario maps may be viewed here or by clicking the icon to the right.



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The goals and objectives matrix may be viewed here or by clicking the icon to the left.

We continue to seek your thoughts and feedback. Please view and submit comment on the preliminary land use scenarios by clicking here. 

Your feedback will help us in the next phase to refine the land use element and further develop and evaluate full master plan scenarios and recommendations, which will include transportation and additional features. A subsequent public workshop is anticipated for the end of the summer to review and comment on full plan scenarios. 

Southern NCC Master Plan Visioning Workshops - January 31 & March 13, 2019

Visioning Workshops were held on January 31, 2019 and March 13, 2019 for us to hear the ideas from the community as we collectively plan for the future of southern New Castle County.  (Click on the dates above to view the public presentations.)

Southern NCC Master Plan Information Session - October 17, 2018

The Department of Land Use, DelDOT, and WILMAPCO are developing the Southern New Castle County Master Plan. By participating in the planning process, residents and stakeholders can help shape a vision for transportation and land use, and determine how that vision can become reality.  An information Session was held in October 2018 to kickoff of the master plan study.  (Click on the dates above to view the public presentation.)

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Southern New Castle County Master Plan 

In spring 2018, the DSouthern NCC dev areas map Opens in new windowepartment of Land Use, Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO) and Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) sought proposals to perform the Southern New Castle County (SNCC) Master Plan.  For this purpose, the Southern New Castle County area is comprised of the area within New Castle County located south of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. This Master Plan, including the assessment and analysis of anticipated growth, should result in the development of a plan for the area south of the C&D Canal, that informs development and preservation decisions, recommended physical improvements and governmental policies regarding transportation and land use for Southern New Castle County, as implemented through the New Castle County Comprehensive Plan. The end result is to provide an environment to allow for growth and development with mixed-use land development with walkability, bikeability and place-making, while preserving natural and agricultural resources and assets.

The basis for the SNCC Master Plan is to follow up on what has occurred over time since the 2009 Infrastructure Master Plan and the 2003 Local Road Plan were completed in one of New Castle County’s fastest growing areas. This master plan process will be conducted in partnership by WILMAPCO, the New Castle County Department of Land Use, DelDOT and key stakeholders.