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Founded in 1962, the Civic League For New Castle County is an organization comprised of community civic associations, umbrella civic groups, good government groups, businesses, and interested individuals. The League provides a forum for education about, discussion of, and action on issues relating to the impact of government on the quality of life in New Castle County

Saturday, July 23, 2022

NCC Petition To Council To Deny Approval Of NCC2050 Comp Plan Update Until Appropriately Amended

 To All New Castle County Residents:

Please read through and sign this petition asking council not to rubber-stamp the Department of Land Use NCC2050 comprehensive plan update on their agenda Tuesday, July 26th - sponsored by residents who live in the industrial corridor of Route 9 and in the "Growth Zone" of southern-most NCC who want much more from this county planning document (LISTEN TO THEIR COMMENTS TO COUNCIL at their Land Use Committee meeting last week HERE)

NCC 2050 Comp Plan - Priority Changes Petition

We need your help. Various civic leaders from New Castle County have been expressing concerns to the NCC Dept. of Land Use regarding changes we believe are important and that should be implemented into the NCC 2050 Comp Plan. Our recommendations are as follows (with more detail in the petition):

1. Amendments to the Suburban Zoning Code so that communities know exactly would could potentially be built in their community AND to ensure placement of housing is proximal to infrastructure

2. Increase in the preservation of land and the creation of green spaces
3. Remove TDR as a method of funding preservation
4. Require precondition for special use permits
5. Review industrial uses
6. Add a strategy for Rt 9 corridor open space

In solidarity, everyone should listen to these valid concerns and suggested improvements the Department of Land Use has so far ignored. The NCC2050 comprehensive plan update is on the council agenda Tuesday, July 26th.


Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Churchman's Crossing TID Information Session, 6PM Wednesday, July 20th In NCC Gilliam Multipurpose Room Or Watch On ZOOM

 

Churchman's Crossing TID Information Session

6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 20th

NCC Gilliam Multipurpose Room

67 Reads Way, New Castle, DE 19720

REGISTER HERE

The New Castle County Department of Land Use (NCC) and Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) seek to establish a Transportation Improvement District (TID) in the Churchman’s Crossing area.

The purpose of tonight’s information session is to:

  • Provide information about TIDs
  • Present the elements that will be explored and included in the development of a Churchman’s Crossing TID
  • Solicit feedback about the proposed Churchman’s Crossing TID

For the best experience, please plan to attend this event in person where you will be able to interact with NCC and DelDOT Staff who will answer questions and receive your feedback on the specific topics presented.  Registration to attend in person is appreciated but not required.  

This event will also be broadcast live on Zoom. The Zoom meeting link will be posted to the Dept. of Land Use's official website and Facebook page on the day of the event.  (Registration is not necessary if viewing online) Those watching online are asked to submit any feedback or questions via email to: LandUse@Newcastlede.gov  



Tuesday, July 19, 2022

NCC Land Use Committee Comp Plan Hybrid Public Hearing - 3PM Tuesday, July 19th In Wilmington

Make your voices heard! 

3 p.m. Tuesday, July 19th
Hybrid Meeting

City/County Building

800 North French Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

VIEW PACKET MATERIALS HERE

Councilman Dave Carter sent this along ~

We wanted to take this opportunity to let the community know that the Comprehensive Plan will be heard by County Council Land Use Committee on July 19, 2022 at 3:00pm the meeting will be live-streamed via ZOOM as well as in person at the City/County Building (800 N. French St, Wilmington)

There will be an opportunity for public comment during the Land Use Committee meeting both via ZOOM or in person depending on the preference. 

We have heard the concerns of the community expressed at the other public meetings on the Comprehensive Plan, and the Land Use Committee meeting is one more opportunity to have your voice be heard by County Council.

A final vote on the Comprehensive Plan is likely to be at the County Council meeting on July 26, 2022.


For more details, you can view the Land Use agenda here.

From the MOT Alliance ~ The Planning Board and Department of Land Use Conditional Approval recommendation of the plan

They conditionally approved the plan, with 11 or 12 specific conditions. They did not discuss them individually and I only was able to get a screenshot of the first five (they requested a specific definition of open space and a specific target acreage for conservation, which was one of the asks made by MOT and several community groups it arranged to partner with). But, my general impression was that they are passing this along to County Council relatively unrevised. Also, it looked like they were recording the meeting as well. Not sure how to access that, though.

Thanks to Councilman David Carter for the link! In case anyone else wants to listen: recording of the meeting HERE


 

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Monday, May 16, 2022

CLNCC Monthly ZOOM Meeting - With Public Advocate Andrew Slater, 7PM Tuesday, May 17th

 

CLNCC Monthly Meeting

7 p.m. Tuesday, May 17th

ZOOM Program


Civic League for New Castle County  Zoom Meeting
Time: May 17th  2022 7:00 PM EST
Topic :: Public Service Commission
Guest :: Public Advocate Andrew Slater 
Topic :: Inspector General
Guest :: Rep. Mike Smith & Rep.Kowalko

Join CLNCC Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 898 692 4710
Passcode: 12345


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8986924710?pwd=YmJMbUhpZlpoMUtGMERqdENCQlk5UT09




Monday, May 2, 2022

NCC2050: PLANNING BOARD PUBLIC HEARING, 7PM Tuesday, May 3rd In New Castle

 VERY IMPORTANT - come out and support communities who want growth done correctly and want to see their expectations reflected in the county's future growth document:

NCC2050 Public Comment -

Hybrid PLANNING BOARD PUBLIC HEARING

7 p.m. Tuesday, May 3rd

NCC Gilliam Building

67 Reads Way, New Castle, DE 19720

JOIN ZOOM HERE

Only in person comments allowed so plan to attend in person (zoom will not have audio join option; chat feature of Zoom will be turned off.)

App. 2022-0095-T. *Draft New Castle County 2022 Comprehensive Plan Update.  Ord. 22-024 will amend New Castle County Code Chapter 28 (“Planning”) and Chapter 40 (“Unified Development Code or UDC”) regarding comprehensive planning.  The purpose of this amendment is to update the New Castle County Comprehensive Development Plan as required by the State of Delaware Quality of Life Act. 

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Updated: NCC Comp Plan Update Hybrid Public Meetings: 7PM April 21st And 27th (RSVP) With Scott Run Petition And MOT Alliance

 


Update: FYI Attending via ZOOM precludes participants from joining the Q&A portion of the meetings [Find links to materials HERE] 

New Castle County Deptartment of Land Use:

NCC2050 Meeting with Land Use

7 - 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 27th

NCC Gilliam Building

Multi Purpose Conference Room

67 Reads Way, New Castle, DE 19720

REGISTER HERE

The April 27 Information Session will feature the following topics:
  • Historic Preservation
  • Conservation
  • Open Space and Recreation​
  • Climate Change and Hazard Mitigation​
  • Utilities, Water, and Sewer
For the best experience, please plan to attend this event in person where you will be able to interact with Land Use Staff who will answer questions and receive your feedback on the specific topics presented.
This event will also be broadcast live on Zoom. The Zoom meeting link will be posted to the Dept. of Land Use website on the day of the event. Those watching online are asked to submit any feedback via email to: NCC2050@newcastlede.gov.  


Also, if you haven't heard about this issue, you will want to. I am posting more on it soon.

READ AND SIGN THIS PETITION: Scott Run Commerce Center Warehouses Petition Letter

CALL TO ACTION! The Scott Run Commerce Center plans for the 301/Jameson Corner Road area now include larger warehousing with more 18-wheeler bays than initially communicated to the public years ago. This will negatively impact pedestrian safety, traffic, and community character in MOT for years to come. BY THE END OF APRIL please submit your concerns to LandUse@newcastlede.gov and members of the NCC Council (https://nccde.org/226/County-Council). Not sure what concerns to write about? You can either watch this 27 minute overview from our neighbors Erin Kaplan Ari Kaplan and Kevin Caneco , or you can read more information about the plans on the NCC website for project #20200066 http://www3.nccde.org/project/details/default.aspx...
Note: this is a separate plan from the logistics center in the same Bayberry vicinity, which is project #20210470 which you can read about http://www3.nccde.org/project/details/default.aspx...


NCC2050 Meeting with Land Use

7 - 9 p.m. Thursday, April 21st

NCC Gilliam Building

Multi Purpose Conference Room

67 Reads Way, New Castle, DE 19720

REGISTER HERE

Join us to learn what's in the NCC2050 Comprehensive Plan!

Tonight's Information Session will feature the following topics:

  • Mobility
  • Housing​
  • Community Planning and Design​
  • Economic and Community Development​
  • Environmental and Social Justice​
  • Intergovernmental Coordination

For the best experience, please plan to attend this event in person where you will be able to interact with Land Use Staff who will answer questions and receive your feedback on the specific topics presented.

This event will also be broadcast live on Zoom. The Zoom meeting link will be posted to the Dept. of Land Use website on the day of the event. Those watching online are asked to submit any feedback via email to: NCC2050@newcastlede.gov.

If you are not able to attend this meeting, no worries! The video recording will be posted on the NCC2050 website.

A second Information Session will be held on April 27 and will feature the following topics:

  • Historic Preservation
  • Conservation
  • Open Space and Recreation
  • Climate Change and Hazard Mitigation
  • Utilities, Water, and Sewer

Please register for the April 27 event here. 


And from the MOT Alliance, the citizens' group representing the area under NCC's  "future growth zone"  

Dept of Land Use formal response to MOT Alliance requests for change to the NCC2050 comprehensive plan.
From Rich Hall, manager of Dept of Land Use: FYI – we posted a “save the date” notice today for two sessions on the NCC2050. The dates are April 21st and 27th. They will be in the Multipurpose Room at the Gilliam Building and will be in the evening.

Just 3 thoughts (this is Melissa writing her own thoughts, not necessarily representing all 1,100 of us), interested to hear what others think:

(1) They have added a "recommendation" to "consider" changes to S zoning.
Melissa's Response: I would like a plan and a commitment to execute upon it that is more definitive than a recommendation to “consider”. Given our area has been identified as the growth area for the last 20 years, and given that NCC2050 establishes a plan for the next 30 years, any zoning changes should be concurrent with or prior to enacting a 30-year plan that sets policy for such zoned areas.
(2) Our preference for development style (from our 777 person survey representing more than 1% of MOT) is categorized as "growing pains" and assumed that we are "supporting segregation of housing types" which will result in an "exacerbation of existing inequity".
Melissa's Response: MOT Alliance represents RESPONSIBLE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT, with our #1 principle being COMMUNITY. I believe community is not only fellowship, but also a physical place where ALL residents can gather that is respectful of ALL residents. Therefore:
1 - Housing for residents that have restricted mobility (e.g. seniors, students, underserved populations) should enable the best ease of access to those places of gathering. I'd like to see that planned (i.e. S zoning changes).
2 - Affordable housing should be proximal to support services to enable underserved populations to have an equitable quality of life. I'd like to see that planned (i.e. S zoning changes).
3 - It is irresponsible to build residential homes – regardless of style – in places with insufficient infrastructure. The Dept of Land Use response on the insufficient infrastructure is that they will continue to “work with” other governing bodies (re: our school concerns), “monitor” (re: our EMS/Fire/Police concerns), and defer to addressing additional concerns legislatively (i.e. not do anything). I believe this approach is contrary to the mission of MOT Alliance, and I'd like to see better planning than "work with" "monitor" and defer.
4 - Lastly, I personally am disheartened that they misinterpreted our survey to mean we want segregation of housing types. I think the fact we prefer single family homes over multifamily could also mean we want more single family homes that are affordable, more mixed use developments with a larger percentage of single family than multifamily, or any other possible interpretation. I encourage the Land Use department to better understand our position before making inflammatory accusations.
(3) Our request to reduce residential growth until infrastructure increases is denied, and misinterpreted as a request to stop development.

Melissa's response: We represent Responsible Growth and Development; even the terms "growth" and "development" are in our mission statement. Some residents may want to stop growth altogether, but we -- the majority of our group, and the MOT Alliance committee -- believe in our unifying mission FOR RESPONSIBLE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT. I'd like Land Use to respond to our request to REDUCE residential growth.