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Updating the Strategies for State Policies and Spending


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How the Updated State Strategies were developed.

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  • The Cabinet Committee for State Planning Issues was pulled together to help coordinate land use planning issues among state agencies. The Office of State Planning Coordination serves as staff to that Committee.
  • Unlike many states, Delaware provides much of the funding for, and in some cases the management of, major public saervices.
  • State agencies use the Strategies in reviews under the Preliminary Land Use (PLUS) and in their Budget work. Some agencies use the Strategies to help plan services and facilities. The Strategies also help in the development of local comprehensive plan updates.
  • We started with all the factors we could identify and map that support new development and redevelopment. Added together, they show, in varying shades, those areas that are appropriate for growth. (The darker the shade, the more appropriate).
  • Next, we collected all the factors we could identify and map that support identify lands appropriate for preservation or agricultural development. Added together, they show, in varying shades, those areas that are less appropriate for growth. (The darker the shade, the more less appropriate).
  • We also collected maps of all lands that are taken “out of play” by purchase of development rights, easements, public ownership and other factors.
  • Combining these factors all together results in a grid-map of the state in which each grid-cell has a score reflecting the sum of all the factors collected. We then classify those score into 4 levels so as to have Levels 1, 2 and 3 match, as closely as possible, county and municipal growth areas. That gives us the first draft of a Strategies Map.
  • The next step involves comparing this draft map with earlier versions and with county and local comprehensive plans. Those comparisons, and lessons learned from a series of public meetings, will guide any refinement of the draft map.
  • The draft map – and the draft Strategies document – are organized around four “levels” and the “out of play” areas.
  • Level 1 areas are mostly developed, functioning towns and town-like areas. In these areas, there will be in-fill development and redevelopment.
  • Level 2 areas are places where county and local governments are creating master plans and developers are starting to create new town-like areas and extensions of existing towns.
  • Level 3 areas are places where growth is expected in some years or where there is large-lot development already occurring.
  • Level 4 lands are places where the state should work to preserve open space and to protect and promote agriculture (Delaware’s largest industry).
  • Out of play lands include parks and wildlife preserves, tidal wetlands, and lands for which development rights have been purchased or transferred.
  • The State Strategies for Policies and Spending – both the existing document and map and the DRAFT document and map are available on-line.
  • We need your comments and input. Please let us know your thourghts by mid-July. You can mail them, e-mail them, or fax them.
  • Or, feel free to contact us with any questions.
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    • 1. Update to the 2004 Delaware Strategies for State Policies and Spending
      Public Workshops
      June 2010
    • 2. Delaware Facts
      Number of Counties 3
      Number of Municipalities 57
      Land area – square miles 1,953
      Land area – acres 1,249,920
      Farm land – acres 490,000
      Persons per acre 0.7
      Population, 2009 estimate 885,122
      Lane miles of highways 13,403
    • 3. Delaware Strategies for State Policies and Spending
    • 4. Origination of the State Spending Strategies
      Cabinet Committee on State Planning Issues - 1994
      Responsibilities from Del Code, §9101, Title 29:
      • “The Committee shall consider matters relating to the orderly growth and development of the State, including, but not limited to:”recommendations for the most desirable general pattern of land use
      • 5. Instructed State Planning Coordination Officeto develop the Strategies for State Policies and Spendingto guide decisions.
    • Strategies Purpose
      To coordinate land use decision-making with the provision of infrastructure and services
      Why Coordinate:
      Land use decisions are a local responsibility
      The provision of infrastructure and services is a State responsibility
      If the above aren’t coordinated, then waste and inefficiency can occur
    • 6. 100% School Transportation
      State’s Largest Police Force
      90% State Roads
      60-80% of public school construction
      70% of public school operation
      40% Paramedics
    • 7. State Spending Strategies Use by Agencies
    • 8. Why Update
      Called for in original Strategies
      To reflect local certified comprehensive plans
      To use current data and technical tools
      And reevaluate and refine state policies
    • 9. Our update process
      Data collection
      Consult with state agencies, MPOs, counties, local governments
      GIS – apply appropriate map overlays, including certified comprehensive plan maps
      Public Workshops
      Review of draft document and maps
      Approval by the Cabinet Committee and the Governor
    • 10. Collect all factors that argue for new development and redevelopment.
    • 11. Collect all factors that argue for land preservation and/or agricultural economic development.
    • 12. Collect properties that are “out of play.” These can be state-or federally-owned, purchased development rights, permanent easements and the like.
    • 13. Combine these three collections and classify the resulting data set into Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 and “out of play” (OOP).
    • 14. Compare with the2004 version.
    • 15. Components:
      • Urban/Urbanizing Growth (Levels 1, 2, & 3)
      • 16. Non Urban Growth (Level 4 (white areas))
      • 17. “Out of Play” (Grey areas)
    • Level 1:
      Main Street, Newark
      Overlook, Dover
      Union Park Gardens, Wilmington
    • 18. Level 2:
      Cannery Village, Milton
      Paynter’s Mill, Milton
      Pike Creek, New Castle County
      The Village of Five Points, Lewes
    • 19. Level 3:
    • 20. Level 4:
    • 21. Out of Play:
    • 22. The Delaware Office of State Planning Coordination
      Projected Timeline
      Public workshops June/July
      Redraft based on workshops July/August
      Final Presentation to CCSPI September
      Governor approval of Strategies September 
      Final document posted to Website
      with limited printed copies October
    • 23. State Web Sites
      Office of State Planning Coordination :
      State Spending Strategies:
      Comments Deadline:July 16, 2010
      Send to:
      Office of State Planning Coordination
      Haslet Armory
      122 William Penn Street
      Dover, DE 19901
      Email comments to:
      Fax to: 302.739.6958
    • 25. Contact Information
      Kent County David Edgell, AICP
      New Castle County Herb Inden
      Sussex County Bryan Hall, AICP
      Data and Mapping Michael Mahaffie