The Wilmington Department of Planning and Development is pleased to announce that a full draft of Wilmington 2028: A Comprehensive Plan for Our City and Communities is now available for download.
This new Citywide Comprehensive Plan represents the culmination of many months of research and outreach. With assistance from consulting firm Interface Studio, Wilmington has been able to gather input from over 2,500 citizens since August of 2017 through numerous participation platforms.
These included interviews, public forums, focus groups, surveys, and a steering committee that met regularly to guide the process. Participants were asked to rate their overall satisfaction and desires for the future on quality of life issues like public safety, sense of community, affordability, commuting time, parks and recreation, and housing.
The public engagement process included a survey in the fall of 2017 that captured the ideas and comments of more than 2,000 participants. There were also a series of five public meetings held throughout the City in the fall of 2017 where more than 200 citizens offered their input and ideas. Additionally, ten focus groups were convened in 2017 and 2018 to address issues such as economic development, environment, parks and recreation, and youth programs and services, during which participants made further recommendations regarding the plan. The final public meeting was held at the Children’s Museum, in October of 2018, which attracted more than 300 citizens who offered their thoughts and comments for the final plan document.
The Department of Planning is extremely grateful to all those who shared their thoughts, concerns, and ideas to help shape the recommendations in this plan.
The completed Wilmington 2028 Citywide Comprehensive Plan must now be approved by the City Planning Commission, Wilmington City Council, and finally by the Delaware Office of State Planning and Coordination.