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Comprehensive Development Plan Update
The City of Newark is updating its Comprehensive Development Plan, a strategic policy document that provides a vision for the community’s future.  This is the fifth update of the City’s Comprehensive Development Plan since the City’s first long range comprehensive plan adopted in 1969.
 
The comprehensive planning process intent is to develop and integrate the City’s plan for land use, annexation, redevelopment, economic development, housing, transportation, infrastructure, natural & cultural resources, and intergovernmental coordination.  In addition, the comprehensive planning process will be a highly participatory process, involving city residents, business owners, city and university officials, interest groups, and many other interested in the future of Newark.  The public feedback from these meetings will assist the Planning Commission develop a recommendation to be presented to City Council for their adoption.

About the Plan
The Plan for Planning established the initial agreement or consensus among key decision makers about the overall planning effort, including:

  • The purpose and worth of the planning process.
  • Develop a public participation process.
  • Develop a general timeline and specific steps to be followed in the planning process.
  • Identify stakeholders: groups or persons who should be involved.

The City of Newark is undertaking a major periodic review of the City’s Comprehensive Development Plan pursuant to the Delaware State requirement under Title 22, Section 702.  This is the fifth update of the Comprehensive Development Plan since the City’s first long range comprehensive plan adopted in 1969.

The Comprehensive Development Plan is a document, adopted by the City, that puts forward  (in words, maps, illustrations, and tables) goals, aspirations, policies, and guidelines intended to serve as a blueprint to achieve its vision, address short and long-term planning concerns, and provide a rational basis for local land use decisions. 

The comprehensive planning process intent is to develop and integrate the City’s plan for: land use; annexation; redevelopment; economic development; housing; transportation, infrastructure; natural and cultural resources; and intergovernmental coordination.  In addition, the comprehensive planning process will involve citizens appropriately throughout the entire planning process in order to produce the Comprehensive Development Plan that helps guide growth and builds a sense of place as the community movies toward achieving its vision for the future.

Public Participation
The main goal of public participation is to make residents, as well as other stakeholders, aware of the progress of the comprehensive planning process and to offer the public opportunities to make suggestions and comments during the process. The comprehensive planning process will offer opportunities and encouragement to all citizens, businesses, interest groups, relevant units of government, and other parties to participate in a meaningful way throughout the entire planning process, with the primary purpose of addressing the ultimate planning question: “What is the vision residents of Newark have for their community?”

The public participation process will:

  1. Ensure all planning decisions are open to public comment;
  2. Produce better planning decisions;
  3. Support and add credibility to all City decision-making processes;
  4. Provide opportunities to disseminate information about the Comprehensive Development Plan to the community;
  5. Strengthen the relationship between our decision makers and citizens; and,
  6. Develop a shared vision for the future of the City of Newark.

Provisions for Open Discussion

To ensure that public meetings allow for an open discussion of the relevant issues, the City of Newark’s Planning and Development Department will make every effort to ensure those who choose to participate have the opportunity to have their opinions heard.  To accomplish this, the following actions will be implemented:

  • An agenda will be established for each public hearing or meeting outlining the purpose, items to be discussed, and any actions that may be taken.
  • The scheduled date, time, and place will be convenient to encourage maximum participation by city residents and other stakeholders.
  • A clearly identifiable facilitator or chair will conduct the meeting or hearing in an orderly fashion to ensure that all attendees have an opportunity to offer comments, discuss issues, or provide testimony.
  •  The facilitator or chair will provide opening remarks that clearly outline the purpose of the meeting or hearing, describe procedures attendees should use during the meeting or hearing when offering input, and describe how the public input will be used.
  •  All persons attending the meeting or hearing that desire to participate should be allowed to do so.  However, specific factors, such as the meeting or hearing purpose, number in attendance, time considerations, and future opportunities to participate may require that appropriate constraints be applied, to be outlined by the facilitator or chair if the need arises.
  • All attendees will be encouraged to sign in using a provided sign-in sheet.
  • Special arrangements will be made under the provisions of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) with sufficient advance notice.