News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)
All meetings are open to the public. Unless otherwise
noted, meetings are held in the WILMAPCO Conference Room. In case
of inclement weather, call 302-737-6205 x110 for cancellations or
Transportation Working Group
February 1, 3 p.m.
Air Quality Subcommittee
February 10, 10 a.m.
Perryville TOD and Greenway Plan February 10, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30
p.m., Perryville Town Hall.
Data and Demographics
February 14, 10
February 17, 10
Congestion Management Subcommittee
February 17, 1 p.m.
Transportation Improvement Program
February 28, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
February 28, 7 p.m.
WILMAPCO will be closed on February 7 for Lincoln's Birthday and
February 21 for Washington's Birthday.
For updates or more
information on upcoming WILMAPCO meetings, please visit www.wilmapco.org.
Transit Oriented Development and Greenway Plan
Open House Workshop to review draft plans for Transit Oriented
Development (TOD), and facilities for walking and bicycling in
Perryville has been scheduled for February 10, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.,
at the Perryville Train Station, 650 Broad Street, Perryville,
Draft plans have
been developed based on community input and technical analysis done
during the past several months. Your input is needed to develop final
recommendations. TOD recommendations focus around the historic
downtown, train station, town hall, and waterfront areas while walking
and bicycling recommendations address connections throughout the town .
interactive event, learn what makes transit-oriented communities
successful and discuss your ideas, concerns, and objectives. What type
of future development can best enhance Perryville; which services and
facilities are most needed; what transportation improvements will give
safe, appealing travel choices; and how can public art, landscaping,
and infrastructure nurture Perryville as a desirable place to live,
work, and play? For more information, please visit www.wilmapco.org/perryville.
Perryville Public Workshop
February 10, 2011, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Perryville Train Station
650 Broad Street, Perryville, MD 21903
Improvement Program - Public Workshop
billion dollars of anticipated transportation projects are proposed in
a new draft transportation program. The draft FY 2012-2015 Transportation
Improvement Program (TIP) for New Castle County, Delaware and Cecil
County, Maryland is a four-year listing of transportation priorities
and projects based upon available funding. Projects are drawn from
recommendations in the Regional
Transportation Plan (RTP).
The public comment
period runs through Wednesday, March 2, 2011. The public may also
review and comment on the proposed TIP at a public workshop
on Monday, February 28, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at WILMAPCO, hosted by
WILMAPCO and DelDOT. The draft TIP and workshop materials are also
available for comment at www.wilmapco.org/tip;
print versions are available at WILMAPCO's office or can be mailed upon
Comments about the
TIP may be submitted online at www.wilmapco.org/tip,
in writing to Wilmington Area Planning Council, 850 Library Avenue,
Suite 100, Newark, DE 19703, by fax to 302-737-9584, or by e-mail to email@example.com.
For more information on the TIP, contact Heather Dunigan at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call (302)737-6205 ext. 118.
WILMAPCO Joins Facebook
joined Facebook. We will be posting information about our events,
programs, and news on site. Become a fan and help to promote the
page! To view WILMAPCO's Facebook page, please visit www.facebook.com/Wilmington-Area-Planning-Council.
Member Agency News
Trust Fund Task Force - Public Meeting
response to serious funding shortfalls, Delaware's Transportation Trust
Fund Task Force is charged with exploring, examining, and evaluating
the resource needs for the Capital Transportation Program. The
Task Force also is charged with studying the issues and potential
effects of requiring the Department of Transportation to determine the
funding allocations and project prioritization for those projects
traditionally funded in the Community Transportation Fund (CTF)
category. The next Transportation Trust Fund Task Force public
meeting will be held on February 1, at DelDOT Administration Building,
800 South Bay Road, Dover, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more
information, please visit http://deldot.gov/information/community_programs_and_services/ttf_task_force/.
11th Annual Transit Theme
First State invites your child in grade 6 through 12, to participate in
the Annual Transit Theme Poster Contest. This year's theme is
"Bike To The Bus." Students are asked to create a
poster illustrating the benefits of linking public transit and
bicycling. Winners will receive an award certificate and gifts
from DART First State's business partners. For more information
and contest rules, please visit www.DartFirstState.com.
Road - Casho Mill Road to Delaware Avenue
The Department of
Transportation (DelDOT) has announced an informational session on
construction activities for improvements to Elkton Road from Casho Mill
Road to Delaware Avenue. The public is invited to attend any time on
Tuesday, February 22, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The session will be
held at City of Newark Council Chambers, 220 Elkton Road, Newark.
For more information, please visit www.deldot.gov/public.ejs?command=PublicNotice&id=3599&month=2&year=2011.
In order to achieve
the goals and objectives of the Cecil County Comprehensive Plan adopted
on April 13, 2010, the Cecil County Office of Planning & Zoning has
initiated a comprehensive rezoning of all properties located in the
unincorporated areas of Cecil County. As part of the
Comprehensive Rezoning process, new zoning maps, a new Zoning Ordinance,
and new Subdivision Regulations will ultimately be adopted by the Board
of County Commissioners. The Planning Commission will hold public
hearings regarding the proposed zoning maps, Zoning Ordinance, and
Subdivision Regulations in February.
of Election Districts 1, 2, and 3 (Cecilton, Earleville, Warwick,
Chesapeake City and Elkton) should attend om February 2, at 7
p.m., in the Elk Room of the County Administration Building (200
Chesapeake Blvd, Elkton, MD 21921)
of Election Districts 4, 5, and 9 (Elkton, Fair Hill, North East,
Charlestown, and Calvert) should attend on February 9, 7
p.m., in the Elk Room of the County Administration Building (200
Chesapeake Blvd, Elkton, MD 21921)
of Election Districts 6, 7, and 8 (Perryville, Port Deposit,
Rising Sun, and Conowingo) should attend on February 16, at 7p.m.,
in the Elk Room of the County Administration Building (200
Chesapeake Blvd, Elkton, MD 21921)
information, please visit
Delaware Estuary and
Science and Environmental Summit
three-day meeting will be held from January 30 to February 2, at the
Grand Hotel in Cape May, New Jersey. The conference theme is
"Connections-Land to Sea, Shore to Shore & Science to
Outreach," and seeks to create more effective partnerships
among scientists, outreach specialists, resource managers, and others
with an interest in the prosperity of the Delaware Estuary. For
more information, please visit www.delawareestuary.org/news_pde_science_conference.asp.
The Maryland Bicycle Symposium will take place Tuesday, February
22, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Annapolis. The Symposium aims to
educate and empower advocates and attendees, identify common issues in
local communities, set priorities for improving the future of bicycling
in Maryland, and demonstrate the economic impact of the state's
bicycling community. For more information, please visit http://bikemd.org/page.php?id=376.
Shore Land Conservancy's 12th Annual Planning Conference
Eastern Shore Land Conservancy's (ESLC) 12th annual planning
conference, "Vibrant Towns" will provide an opportunity for
the region's leaders and residents to contribute to an emerging
definition of "vibrant, sustainable, and well-defined"
Eastern Shore towns. To facilitate this conversation, local officials,
community leaders, consultants, planners, designers, and citizens will
come together with national and regional leaders in sustainable local
economies, community development, and design to share best practices,
success stories, tools, and models of vibrant small towns. The conference
will be held on March 18, in Easton, Maryland. For more
information, please visit www.eslc.org/pages/apc12.php.
Hands Free Law in Delaware
As of January 2, Delaware requires motorists to use a hands-free device
when driving and talking on a cell phone. New York, New Jersey,
Maryland, and D.C. all have similar laws. Those not using hands-free
technology, like an ear bud or a blue tooth device, will face a $50
fine on the first offense. Repeat offenders may be fined up to $200.
The new law also bans the use of pagers, PDAs, laptops, or any other
electronic device while operating a vehicle. The Delaware State Police
said 214 crashes in 2010 were the result of drivers distracted by cell
phones. Delaware's prohibition was signed into law July 6, 2010, but
did not take effect until 2011.
Preliminary Delaware Traffic
Fatality Report for 2010 Shows Lowest Fatality Deaths in Over 40 Years
Delaware's Office of Highway Safety has announced a 10% drop in fatal
traffic crashes, and an even greater (14%) drop in Delaware's traffic
deaths for 2010. While these are preliminary figures, in total, there
were 92 fatal motor vehicle crashes resulting in 101 fatalities in
2010. This is the lowest number of traffic fatalities to occur on First
State roadways since 1968 when there were 98 traffic fatalities. For
more information, please visit http://ohs.delaware.gov/general_pr_/2010_traffic_deaths_drop_to_lowest_in_over_40_years.pdf.
Partners for Smart Growth Conference
Local Government Commission will be hosting the 10th Annual New
Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Charlotte, NC. The conference
will take place at the Westin Charlotte Hotel on February 3-5,
2011. This multi-disciplinary event will highlight cutting-edge
smart-growth issues and will feature the latest research, implementation
tools and strategies, successful case studies, new partners, new
projects, and new policies. For more information, please visit www.newpartners.org.
Webinar: Overview of EPA's
Quantitative Particulate Matter (PM) Hot-spot Guidance
This webinar will be held on February 9, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.,
and will provide an overview of EPA's final guidance document,
"Transportation Conformity Guidance for Quantitative Hot-spot
Analyses in PM2.5 and PM10 Nonattainment and Maintenance Areas," released
December 2010. This overview is appropriate for all those who
will be involved in developing or reviewing hot-spot analyses of
transportation projects in PM areas, or those who want an introduction
to the material in the Guidance. For more information, please
Webinar: The Health Benefits
from Active Transportation
Public health and
transportation professionals have the opportunity to participate in a
new, free, four-part webinar series in 2011 that covers how
transportation systems impact health in communities across the
nation. Join the public health and transportation community for
this series that explores the intersections between health and
transportation, highlights innovative state and local programs that
leverage opportunities in transportation that benefit health, and
explains what the future may hold for the federal surface
transportation authorization. The webinars are free, but require
advance registration. The series includes the following events:
18: Community Health and Transportation Planning
15: The Health Benefits from Active Transportation
- March 15:
Health Impact Assessments in Transportation
- April 5:
Preventing Roadway Fatalities and Injuries
information or to register, please visit www.apha.org/advocacy/priorities/issues/transportation/Webinars.htm.
Living and Research Annual Conference
The Eighth Active
Living Research Annual Conference will be February 22-24, 2011 at the
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego in downtown San Diego, CA. The theme for the
2011 conference is Partnerships
for Progress in Active Living: From Research to Action.
The conference will highlight successful partnerships that have
evaluated or implemented policy or environmental approaches for
increasing physical activity, decreasing sedentary behavior, or
preventing obesity. For more information, please visit www.activelivingresearch.org/conference/2011.
Green Infrastructure Conference 2011
The Inaugural 2011
National Green Infrastructure Conference is a gathering of policy-makers,
practitioners, and on-the-ground implementers of green infrastructure
practices and design from around the country. Nationally
recognized speakers from across the U.S. will discuss key elements for
success and lessons-learned. The conference will be held February
22-25, at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in
Shepherdstown, West Virginia. For more information, please visit www.conservationfund.org/GIC2011.
Offers Community Planning Grants
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is offering two grant
opportunities for community organizations and local governments to help
with regional planning and community improvement.
- The first -- Your Town: The Citizens'
Institute on Rural Design -- is designed to help nonprofits,
community organizations, and local governments tackle critical
regional planning issues through design by bringing design
professionals to a community for a multi-day workshop. Up to
$22,000 is available for towns with populations under 50,000. The
application deadline is February 25.
- The second -- Our Town -- is intended to
help communities build new vitality, economic vigor and livability
around the arts. A limited number of grants, ranging from $25,000
to $250,000, are available for "creative place making
projects." The application deadline is April 25.
information, please visit www.nea.gov.
Campaign Urges Americans to Tell Congress about Transportation Needs
As Congress begins work on a new transportation bill, the American
Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
launched a social media campaign to generate public opinion about what
priorities should be included. Travelers, truckers, commuters, cyclists
- anyone who uses the nation's transportation network - are invited to
share their transportation comments and concerns using AASHTO's
Facebook and YouTube pages. During the six-week campaign,
people can use AASHTO's Facebook page to post YouTube videos and
written comments about their transportation priorities, ideas, and
To view or post a
comment, go to www.transportation.org/IToldCongress.
AASHTO will continue the campaign through February and will compile the
videos and comments to present to key federal officials in March, prior
to the expiration of the latest extension of the highway and transit
FTA Awards National
Parks, Forests, Wildlife Refuges $27 Million for Alternative
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced that 47 projects in
national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges across the United States
will share in $27 million to improve public and alternative
transportation within the grounds. The U.S. National Park Service, the
U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of
Land Management, and local partner communities will receive funds for
47 projects ranging from a comprehensive transportation planning study
for the Kauai National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Hawaii to the
implementation of ferry service at Salem Maritime Historic Preserve in
Massachusetts. For more information, please visit www.fta.dot.gov/news/news_events_12235.html.
The Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO) is the regional
transportation planning agency for New Castle County, Delaware and Cecil
County, Maryland. As the federally designated Metropolitan Planning
Organization (MPO), WILMAPCO is charged with planning and coordinating
transportation investments for the region based on federal policy, local
input, technical analysis, and best practices. For more information,
please visit our website at www.wilmapco.org.