Area and Special Studies

Our goal is to maximize the beauty, functionality and unique features of New Castle County through developing strategies for special areas, activities and public interests. Partnering with state, county and municipal agencies, organizations and non-profits, we identify functions, corridors or designated areas on which to focus, hold public workshops and solicit input, present data and draft objectives for discussion and develop the best path forward for reaching the shared objectives.

Scenic Byways, Gateways and Trails        (*also see below)

Red Clay Valley Scenic Byway

Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

*Spotlight : Scenic Byway Preservation

In March of 2018, the New Castle County Department of Land Use hosted a public meeting that highlighted ongoing planning efforts along National and State Byways.  These planning efforts focused on methods of preservation along the Brandywine Valley National Scenic Byway and Red Clay Valley Byway.  Since the meeting in March, the Department of Land Use, with help from Gaadt Perspectives, LLC, is continuing to work with leadership, stakeholders, and residents to develop a protective strategy for scenic byway areas and their associated watersheds and cultural resources.  Progress with this effort is shown below with the most recent events listed first.

Please note:  You may receive email or text message notifications to keep informed of important news and events regarding this effort.  Simply sign up for "Notify Me" and choose "Land Use - Scenic Byways Resource Protection" from the "News Flash" lists.  Additional details on the Notify Me subscription process may be found here.

The Working Group for the Protection Strategy for Scenic Byways, Watershed Areas, and Villages held their second Working Group meeting on February 11, 2019.  Click on the image below to view the PowerPoint presentation, which outlines the Viewshed Analysis and Draft Ordinance Language currently under development for these areas.Scenic Byways Working Group Meeting Opens in new window


On October 29, 2018, the first Working Group meeting was held at the Dept. of Land Use. Staff provided an update on this ongoing effort. Click here to view the update.

On August 20, 2018, this draft presentation NCC Byway Scope was provided for discussion purposes as an outline of next steps.

The Department of Land Use would like to thank all who attended the initial public meeting held on March 28, 2018 regarding Methods for the Preservation of Byways. You may review a PDF of the presentation here.

Please email us at LandUse@nccde.org with any questions or comments.

Learn more about the Brandywine Valley National Scenic Byway:

DelDOT Delaware Byways - Brandywine Valley National Scenic Byway

DelDOT Delaware Byways - Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

Go-Delaware - Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway

WILMAPCO - Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway

Delaware Greenways - Brandywine Valley National Scenic Byway

Learn more about the Red Clay Valley Scenic Byway:

Red Clay Valley Scenic Byway

WILMAPCO - Red Clay Valley 


Learn more about the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway:

DelDOT Delaware Byways - Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

Community Open House - 3/1/18:

As part of its community outreach and engagement efforts, the New Castle County Department of Land Use hosted a Community Open House on the evening of March 1, 2018 at the James Gilliam Building in New Castle, Delaware.  The Department discussed with nearly 100 residents and community stakeholders the following key timely items:

 Approach for updating the New Castle County Comprehensive Plan;

Updating certain sections of the Unified Development Code; and

Attendees also participated in a Level of Service group exercise where they played the role of a New Castle County official who was tasked with balancing economic development and job creation considerations with real-world traffic capacity concerns.  (Spoiler alert: TIDs ruled the day!)

View the summary report

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Panel Discussion on Traffic Impact Requirements for Land Development in New Castle County - 10/18/17:Panel Discussion

A panel discussion on the topic of Level of Service (LOS) with representatives from New Castle County’s Department of Land Use and the transportation, economic, civic, and engineering communities was held on October 18, 2017, at the Route 9 Library & Innovation Center in New Castle. A complete report on the event is available (PDF).

Panelists included transportation, economic and engineering professionals and civic leaders. The event kicked off with a review of how New Castle County considers the vehicular traffic impact of proposed development (known as Level of Service standards) in the planning review process, issues with its implementation, and information on what other jurisdictions do and potential ideas to consider for addressing some of criticisms of the law. This was followed by a panel discussion, questions from the audience, and an interactive polling of the audience. 

Residents are also encouraged to review the  Level of Service White Paper (PDF) commissioned by the Department of Land Use, which explores the Level of Service standard in New Castle County and in other jurisdictions. A list of additional information related to the presentation/discussion is also available below, followed by a *video of the meeting. *Please note that the video may not function properly in some web browsers; we recommend using Google Chrome or Firefox.


Traffic Impact Panel Discussion - 10/18/17:

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