Land Use

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A county-wide workshop was held on March 26, 2015 at the Christiana Memorial Fire Hall to discuss shaping Future Land Use and the Unified Development Code.  We thank all of those who turned out to provide input and ideas.  In the next few days we will be posting the presentations as well as the reports submitted by the work groups.


An ordinance has been adopted updating the Building Code to the ICC 2015 Codes.  Below is the new Chapter 6 for your review (Ordinance 15-010, Substitute #1, Exhibit A)

Building Code

General Manager Eileen Fogarty unveils 2014-2015 Action Plan and Work Program

On October 7, 2014, Ms. Fogarty submitted a detailed action plan to the County Executive and County County.  To read the report, check on the link provided below.

New Housing Report Received

New Castle County has received the following report on Moderately Priced Housing prepared by Arundel Community Development Services and the Innovative Housing Institute.  Please read for an assessment of our housing needs.For information on proposed legislation creating a Traditional Neighborhood Housing Program, you may view the presentation also linked below.

Land Use regulates all new and existing development in unincorporated New Castle county and enforces the laws governing property maintenance. Our employees are engaged in a broad spectrum of land-related processes and activities, from proposed development reviews to permits, licensing of contractors, inspection of construction, and property maintenance.

Our mission is to create a common vision for the future of New Castle County through a proactive community, civic and business planning effort that involves all stakeholders in a consensus-building process.  This vision will bring vitality to our County by linking land use with transportation, enticing desired investment and ensuring the protection of our neighborhoods, and the revitalization of our commercial corridors.

Department Organization
General Manager Eileen P. Fogarty

Land Use is structured into the following divisions and sections:

Jim Smith, Assistant General Manager:
George O. Haggerty, Jr., Assistant General Manager:

Gift Policy
The Department of Land Use has a zero tolerance gift policy. No gift shall be accepted by an employee from any member of the public when the gift is given as a result of contact created by a New Castle county business relationship.

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