New Castle County Department of Land Use Action & Work Program 2014/2015 For Thomas P. Gordon County Executive Presentation to Council President & Members of County Council October 7, 2014 By Eileen P. Fogarty General Manager Department of Land Use Land Use Action Plan & Work Program 2014/2015 This Past Year Identifying Challenges, Obstacles & Opportunities Extensive Outreach to Residents, Businesses, Non‐Profits, Developers & Institutions Established a Framework for Improving quality of Life while Supporting Job Growth & Corridor Revitalization Focuses: • Planning Initiatives for New Castle County • Ensure Outcomes which Contribute to the Community • Streamline the Process • Incentives for Jobs • Identify Transportation Issues with Problem Solving Approaches Early Successes Transforming the Land Use Approach from Reactive to Strategic Context Sensitive, Higher Quality Projects with Early Input from Staff & Community Expediting Approval of Economic Development/Job Rich Projects Improving Efficiency & Process Timeline with State Agencies to Ensure Prompt Decisions and Better Outcomes 3 Moving Forward ‐ Balanced Approach Economic Development Tied Directly to High Quality of Life, Desirable Active Places & Strong Communities • • Attract Talent for 21st Century Jobs Retain Strong Neighborhoods & Communities Immediate Actions to Improve Planning Outcomes • • • • Strengthening & Planning Vibrant Communities Incentivizing Revitalization and Economic Development Improving Transportation Solutions Streamline Development Review Process Strengthening & Planning Vibrant Communities Focus • Residential Communities • Commercial Corridor/Obsolete Centers • Opportunities with Commercial & Mixed‐Use Centers Comprehensive Plan –Vision • Guiding Principles Prototype Revitalization Plan – Corridors • Upgrade Obsolete Commercial Areas • Tri‐State Mall • Incentivize Investment • Pike Creek • Rt. 273 • Claymont • Comprehensive Revitalization – Rt. 9 • Active & Connected Commerce – Concord Pike Strengthening & Planning Vibrant Communities Livable Communities • Housing • Neighborhood Conservation • Mixed‐Use Opportunities • New Commercial/Residential Projects • Underutilized Sites Mixed‐Use Principles for Development • Viable • Serve as Gathering Place – A Draw to the Community • Provides Activities, Services & Amenities Farmland • Farmland Preservation Grant • Markets Strengthening & Planning Vibrant Communities Scenic Byways, Gateways & Trails Greenville – Scale & Character Red Clay – Implementation Gateways ‐ Cohesive Identification Presenting a Sense of Arrival Trails – Connect Activity Centers & Openspace 7 Incentivize Revitalization & Economic Development Implement New Castle County “Economic Development Strategic Plan” Facilitate Key Economic Development Projects & Proactively Solve Issues with Other Agencies Incentivize Desired Sectors for Employment Create Overlay Districts for Corporate & Medical Campuses to Expand Incentivize Revitalization & Economic Development Establish Countywide “Site Readiness” Program Expand Development Facilitator Role to Small Businesses • Small Business Guide Revise Redevelopment Code to Provide Creative Opportunities Integrating Land Use with Transportation Single Largest Issue: Effects Residents & Job Creation Strengthen DelDOT/NCC Coordination • Plans, Procedures & Review • Solve Problems Integrate DelDOT with NCC, Streamlined Review Process • Concurrency • Quick Review ‐ Minor Plans Complete Transportation Projects Funded by $620,000 Grant • Red Clay – Implementation Plan • Rt. 40/Glasgow – Corridor Plan • Comprehensive Transportation Approach – Rt. 141 • Tri‐State Mall – TOD Opportunities Integrating Land Use with Transportation Develop and Integrate Pragmatic Solutions to Reduce Congestion in Key Corridors • TDMs • Alternative Mobility Options Incorporate TDMs & Multi‐Modal Opportunities into Development Plans Implement Recommendations through Administrative Changes & Legislative Proposals Streamlining the Development Review Process Goals: Improve • • • Cohesion of Projects Predictability & Timeliness Reduce Risk & Cost Reward • High Quality Projects that Strengthen & Contribute to the Community & Provide Jobs Process • • • • Guidance Up Front Reducing the Need for Ongoing Revisions Development Review Committee with all Agencies Expand Development Facilitator &Project Managers Early & Continuing Public Input • Citizen Guidelines & Ongoing Outreach Streamlining the Development Review Process Standards & Expectations to Facilitate Projects that meet NCC Goals Fast Track Review for Selected High Priority & Economic Development Projects • • • Criteria Standards Agreed upon Deadlines Promote Pragmatic Development Options to Achieve Diverse Mix of Uses • Phasing & Mix of Uses Streamlining the Development Review Process Streamline Minor Plans /Resubdivisions • • • • Lot Line Corrections Plan Phasing Site Data & Plan Notes Easements Reduce Upfront, Time Consuming Procedures • • • • Bonding Openspace Turnover Maintenance Agreements Landscape Requirements Coordinate NCC & State Regarding Expiration & Sunset Provisions • Sediment & Stormwater Plans Fast Track Land Development Improvement Agreements, Water Management Agreements Streamlining the Development Review Process Clarify Process to Assist Applicants & Small Businesses Use Technological Advances to Shorten Process & Provide Better Service • • Real‐Time Review ProjectDox Software • Electronic Plan Review – February 1, 2015 Tablets for Inspectors Building & Safety • • • Adopt 2015 ICC Code & Achieve Accreditation Streamline Licensing Procedures Inspectors – Code Interpretation Courtesy Inspection, 60 Day Pre‐Final Exit Interview Code Compliance • • • Comprehensive Assessment – Efficiency & Accountability Proactive Enforcement Consolidate all Enforcement Sectors of County Code Revise the Unified Development Code Future Code should incentivize desired economic development while managing change in ways which add value to the Community. • Collaborative Process Reflecting Diverse Input • Clear Vision & Expectations for the Future • Transparent, Predictable & Efficient Process Initial Phase • Extensive & Ongoing Outreach • Identify Barriers to & Opportunities for Achieving Vision Revise the Unified Development Code Process Address Issues/ Provide Input Upfront Reward Jobs & Contributing Projects Tools to Implement Streamlining Establish Incentives & Districts to Achieve Desired Outcomes Prepare Criteria which Clearly Establishes NCC’s Expectations & Processes Integrate Transportation Solutions into the UDC Next Steps Many Actions Underway. We will be Working Closely with the Council, Planning Board & Community to Bring Regulatory Revisions Forward in a Coordinated Manner Ongoing Updates & Direction from Council Measuring Progress & Success Multi‐Year Work Program to Continue Progress Thank You!