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UDC Public Workshop to be held Wednesday, June 28

Over the past year, the Department of Land Use has been working on potential revisions to the Unified Development Code (UDC) in order to improve its readability, organization, and usability for the public and applicants for various development proposals. The UDC is a comprehensive document that establishes development standards - including zoning, site design, historic and natural resource protection, infrastructure design and capacity, subdivision and site plan, and approval processes. From time to time, the UDC is reviewed for consistency and technical workability and revised to respond to changes in policy direction, state law, industry trends, and best planning practices. In an effort to solicit additional public input, the Department will host an upcoming UDC Workshop to discuss proposed code language changes.

The New Castle County Land Use Department will host the 5th UDC Public Workshop on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the Christiana Fire Hall located at 2 E Main St., Christiana, DE 19702

Additional information may be found on the UDC Update Project webpage.

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FEMA, DNREC, and New Castle County hosted open house on updated flood risk information in New Castle County: 

On May 23rd, about 360 people attended an open house, the first step in the process of adopting new flood risk maps, to hear from representatives of FEMA, DNREC and NCC about how the proposed map changes may affect their property . View the open house slide presentation here. Please contact the Department of Land Use at 395-5400 if you have any questions regarding this topic. Or, you may visit DNREC’s website.Image may contain: outdoor, nature and water

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Is your home and yard in compliance with the Property Maintenance Code? Check out our “10 Least Wanted List” of property maintenance violations and help New Castle County Code Enforcement to preserve and protect your investment in your neighborhood.
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The Department of Land Use requires yellow informational signs to be posted at each location of proposed development. Click to see new plans submitted this week. Or, click to access the full list of projects currently under review in New Castle County. Questions? Call (302) 395-5400 or email us at
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New Castle County takes new action to tackle neighborhood blight

On May 16, 2017, County Executive Meyer signed legislation into law that gives County government new tools to tackle vacant and abandoned housing and unveiled a vacant property strategy, including state legislation aimed at strengthening community development, reducing crime and supporting home ownership. Click here for further details.
 NCC vacant property signing ceremony 5.16.17
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To register, click on the image of an envelope on the left side of this page. Or, click here to go directly to the List Service Signup page. 

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Are you a business owner that could use a little extra help navigating the land development or building processes?  Department of Land Use staff are available to meet with any prospective prop​erty owner, contractor or developer to explain and answer questions about Department policies and procedures before you formally apply for the service. Our goal is to offer early guidance before you finalize the details of your project, to help save you time, money or frustration. To request a courtesy meeting, call Regina Roark at (302) 395-5404 or e-mail us at

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 Richard E. Hall, AICP

Land Use is structured into the following divisions and sections:

Jim Smith, Assistant General Manager:

George O. Haggerty, Jr., Assistant General Manager
Reed Macmillan, Assistant Land Use Manager:
Code Official - George O. Haggerty, Jr.

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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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