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Mayor Purzycki Thanks City Residents for Helping to Craft Wilmington’s Comprehensive Plan 2028 and Bringing it to Completion

Post Date:12/13/2019 12:30 PM

The Citywide comp plan that will help guide Wilmington’s growth over the next decade now goes to the Governor for final State approval

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Mayor Mike Purzycki today hailed the completion of a new community-driven Citywide Comprehensive Plan entitled Wilmington 2028, which he said will guide the City’s growth and contribute to its prosperity for the next decade or more. City Council last night approved the plan which will now be sent to the Governor for final state approval.
Wilmington 2028 was compiled by the City’s Planning Department with the assistance of nearly 4,000 citizens who participated in the comp plan process which was launched in the summer of 2017. By law, the City must update its comprehensive plan at least every 10 years. A Comp Plan is a legal document that guides City government’s land-use decisions and affects the City’s ability to receive state and federal funding related to land use development.
The goals of Wilmington’s new Comprehensive Plan, as determined after a more than two-year compilation process, are:

  • Strong and safe neighborhoods focusing on the physical environment including housing, community character, safety, and open space and recreation;
  • Healthy and thriving communities focusing on the city's people, community building, health and services;
  • Robust local economy focusing on cultivating a resilient and diverse economy;
  • Connected city and region focusing on balanced transportation and mobility across all modes of travel;
  • Sustainable and resilient city focusing on city infrastructure and services, resource conservation and climate readiness.

“We are grateful to the thousands of residents, business owners and other interested parties for contributing their ideas and suggestions for the comprehensive plan,” said Mayor Purzycki. “Planning Director Herb Inden and his team have guided us through an important process that involves various forms of public input because it’s important that the community be involved in how the City will be developed over the next decade. This has been a popular, community-driven effort and we now have a plan that supports a vision for Wilmington that was designed jointly by government and the people it represents.”
Director Inden said that for the first time in the City’s history, there is now a single citywide comprehensive plan that encompasses several other comp plans that have been developed over the years affecting various parts of the City. Inden said everything about the plan is community-focused and community-driven.
Inden said the planning process included guidance from a 21 member steering committee that met 6 times; 37 stakeholder interviews; 2,367 surveys completed online and written; five public forums throughout the City; 25 smaller group meetings throughout the City;10 focus groups each exploring a different theme such as economic development, the creative sector for arts/culture/technology/entrepreneurs; community development to include blight and public safety; connectivity; the environment and parks and recreation and youth programs and services among others.
The Wilmington Comprehensive Plan 2028 is available online here. For more information on the comp plan, please contact the Wilmington Department of Planning and Development at 302.576.3117.

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