Comprehensive Plan

The NCC2050 brochure cover Opens in new windowcomprehensive plan provides the blueprint for future development and redevelopment in New Castle County. Changes to the Unified Development Code, re-zonings, and capital programs must all be reviewed within the context of conformity with the Comprehensive Development Plan. 

The 2012 Comprehensive Development Plan is effective from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2022, but the next update is underway! 

Click on the brochure cover to the right for a brief overview of the update process known as NCC@2050 and see below for more details!

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NCC@2050 - the next Comprehensive Plan

NCC@2050, the new comprehensive plan, is now underway!
Pursuant to Delaware’s Quality of Life Act (9 Del. C. §2651 et seq.), New Castle County is required to prepare and adopt a Comprehensive Development Plan Update once every ten years, making the next plan update required by January 2022.

This update will be a community-driven process that will allow us to strategically shape how we grow and develop as a County, and will help guide development and services; shape the communities where we live, work, and play; celebrate our environmental, historical, and cultural assets; and support a robust economy. Broad citizen input from every neighborhood, every industry, and everyday people is key to creating a vibrant and inclusive future that reflects our community values. We’re excited about the future of New Castle County and want to ensure its growth and development is sustainable and equitable for all. 

Visit our new interactive website fully dedicated to this important 2-year planning process at NCC2050.NewCastleDE.gov where you can learn more and get involved!

  1. Take the NCC@2050 Stakeholder Challenge!

    We need your input! Read on...
  2. Southern New Castle County Final Draft Master Plan Ready To Review! Workshop on Sept. 23, 2020

    Southern New Castle County draft master plan workshop scheduled for 9/23/20. Read the draft plan here! Comments welcome! Read on...
  3. NCC@2050 Let's Talk Workshop Series - Our Homes & Neighborhoods - Oct. 7, 2020

    Second NCC@2050 Virtual Workshop - October 7, 2020 Read on...
  4. Join the NCC@2050 Stakeholder Advisory Committee!

    We Need Your Energy and Ideas! Read on...
  5. Earn your Citizen Planner Certificate!

  6. Launch of county-wide comprehensive planning process: NCC@2050

    County Executive Meyer announces start of county-wide comprehensive planning process Read on...
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Current New Castle County Comprehensive Plan

The 2012 Comprehensive Development Plan is effective from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2022. The comprehensive plan provides the blueprint for future development and redevelopment in New Castle County. Changes to the Unified Development Code, re-zonings, and capital programs must all be reviewed within the context of conformity with the Comprehensive Development Plan.

New Castle County 2012 Comprehensive Plan Update

Comp Plan 2012 Cover Opens in new windowThe 2012 update of New Castle County's Comprehensive Plan was adopted into Law  on May 7, 2012 and subsequently certified by Delaware Governor Jack Markell upon the recommendation of the Office of State Planning Coordination.  This update consists of 12 chapters and 178 pages including maps, meeting summaries, survey results, and other supporting information.  

Click on the cover to the left to view the complete booklet.  We have also split it into multiple PDF files below for more manageable online viewing utilizing smaller file sizes.

A hard copy of the 2012 update plan may be purchased for $50 by contacting the Department of Land Use at (302) 395-5400 or LandUse@newcastlede.gov. Printed copies are also available for viewing at New Castle County's libraries.

Annual Report

New Castle County submits a report to the State Planning Office annually to report progress on implementation of the Comprehensive Plan. Click on the links below to read recent annual reports.

2020 Comprehensive Plan Annual Report to Office of State Planning

Planning Annual Report Archives