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 or Cecil County toll free (888) 808-7088 for
cancellations or postponements.
November 10, 10
November 10, 1 p.m.
November 10, 6:30 p.m.
Data and Demographics
November 14, 10 a.m.
November 17, 10 a.m.
Cecil County Bike
Plan Public Workshop
November 1, 4-7p.m.
Cecil County Administrative Building, 200 Chesapeake Blvd., 1st Floor.
Marshallton Circulation Study Public Workshop
November 7, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Marshallton United Methodist Church,
Old Capitol Trail at Stanton Road, Wilmington
WILMAPCO will be
closed for Veterans Day on November 11, and for Thanksgiving on
November 24 and 25.
For updates or more
information on upcoming WILMAPCO meetings, please visit www.wilmapco.org.
Public Workshop - Cecil County Bicycle Plan
WILMAPCO has begun planning a
coordinated and integrated bicycle network for Cecil County and is
seeking your input. The Cecil County Bicycle
Plan seeks to improve quality of life by expanding the
transportation system to foster safe, inviting, and convenient choices
for bicycle commuting and recreation. A proposed network of countywide
and local bikeways will connect cyclists to each of the Towns and key destinations
throughout Cecil County.
In order to solicit public
input on the development of the plan, WILMAPCO will hold a public workshop,
on Tuesday, November 1, between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the Cecil County
Adminstrative Building, 200 Chesapeake Blvd, 1st floor, Elkton.
The workshop will introduce the plan's vision and goals, the proposed
county bicycle network, bicycle crash data, and other improvements such
as bike parking. For more information, please visit www.wilmapco.org/bikececil.
Marshallton Circulation Study Public Workshop
The Historic Village of
Marshallton Civic Association, DelDOT, New Castle County, and WILMAPCO
will hold a public workshop
on November 7, for the Marshallton Circulation Study,
at Marshallton United Methodist Church on Old Capitol Trail at
Stanton Road. The public is invited anytime between 6:30 p.m. and
8 p.m. There will be a brief presentation at 7 p.m., and staff
will be available to answer questions and take comments.
The Marshallton Circulation
Study will address concerns of heavy cut-through traffic, high vehicle
speeds along Old Capitol Trail, and other traffic issues throughout the
village. The Study will also incorporate and expand on a recent
Walkable Community Workshop conducted this past June. For more
information, please visit www.wilmapco.org/marshallton.
Summit a Great Success
The 3rd Delaware Bike Summit
held on October 14 was a huge success. Each of the three Bike Summits
previously held have helped Delaware become a more bicycle friendly
state. During the Summit it was announced that Governor Jack
Markell directed DelDOT and DRNEC to work together to develop the
Trails and Pathways Plan. The Plan seeks to create a
network of bicycle and pedestrian trails by building on existing
pathways and trails. Summit speakers also included Tracy Hadden Loh of
the National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse. Hadden Loh
provided a frank and articulate status of the legislation and how
non-motorized funding may fair in the future. Other highlights of
the Summit included a special award presentation to former
Representative Mike Castle, for his contribution to biking in Delaware
over during his career, and a legislative update from Senator Dave
Sokola. To view the presentations from the Delaware Bike Summit,
please visit www.wilmapco.org/bikesummit.
Chair Leaving for Position in New York
to an October 21 DelDOT press release, "Stephen Kingsberry,
Executive Director of the Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) and
WILMAPCO Council Chairperson, will be leaving his post on October 31,
to assume the position of Deputy Director for the Port Authority of New
York and New Jersey. Kingsberry served as DTC's Executive
Director since 2005 and WILMAPCO's Chair since 2007, after joining the
agency in 1999 as Development Director. He served previously with New
York's Metropolitan Transit Administration and New Jersey Transit. A
national search is underway to replace Kingsberry. John McGinnis,
current DART Director of Operations, will serve as Acting Director
until a new Executive Director is named." To view the press
release, please visit www.deldot.gov.
Officials Come to Cecil County to Discuss the Six-Year Transportation
"CTP Tour" meeting organized by Maryland Department of
Transportation (MDOT) will be held on November 4, at 2:30 p.m., in the
County Administration Building, Elk Room, 200 Chesapeake Boulevard,
Elkton, MD 21921. Each fall, MDOT presents its draft, six-year capital
program to every county and Baltimore City for review and comment. The
CTP lists proposed transportation projects and programs planned for the
next six years. The meeting provides an opportunity for local
officials, citizens, and state transportation officials to exchange
information on transportation issues and planned projects. For more
information, please visit www.mdot.maryland.gov/Planning/2011_CTP_Tour/2011_CTP_Tour.
County Comprehensive Plan Available for Public Comment
The Draft 2012 New Castle
County Comprehensive Plan is now available for public review. To
view the draft Plan, please visit
Public comment may be sent to CompPlan12@nccde.org until
Comment Sought on the First State Trails and Pathways Plan
Governor Jack Markell has requested the Departments of Transportation
and Natural Resources and Environmental Control to research and develop
a Trails and Pathways Plan to establish an interconnected network of
shared use pathways and trails that will support non-motorized travel
and recreational trail opportunities within the State of Delaware.
During the Delaware Bike Summit Collin O'Mara, DNREC Secretary detailed
a list of nineteen possible projects included in the Plan. In New
Castle County these include completing the East Coast Greenway Trail,
creating a non-motorized link between Wilmington and Newark, and
completing the final portion of the New Castle Industrial Track Trail,
which will connect the City of New Castle and the Wilmington Riverfront
with an off-road pathway. To view a draft of the First State
Trails and Pathways Plan, please visit http://governor.delaware.gov/docs/proposedprogram.pdf.
To submit public comments on the Plan, please visit http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/676470/First-State-Trails.
For more information on proposed projects, please visit http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/parks/Information/Pages/1st-State-Trails.aspx.
for "PlanMaryland" Updated
to an August 25 Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) press release,
"Governor Martin O'Malley and Richard Eberhart Hall, Secretary of
the MDP, have outlined an additional 60-day review period for
PlanMaryland, the State's first strategic smart growth plan, in
response to feedback from local officials who had requested more time
to review the draft plan. On September 7, MDP provided a revised
version of the draft plan. It reflected changes based on public
comments it has received since releasing the first draft on April 28,
2011. MDP sent the revised draft plan to a work group of the Maryland
Sustainable Growth Commission on September 7, before releasing it
online at the PlanMaryland website,
www.Plan.Maryland.gov. MDP then began an additional 60-day
review period through November 7, to receive comments on the updated
draft. Those comments will be incorporated into the final version of
PlanMaryland to be submitted to Governor O'Malley by mid-November
DART First State Launches 14th Annual
"Stuff The Bus"
According to an October 17 DART press release, "DART First State
will hold the 14th annual "Stuff The Bus" Thanksgiving Food
Drive throughout the State starting on November 8 and ending on
November 11. The public is invited to help "Stuff The Bus" by
donating nonperishable food items such as canned goods, boxed cereal,
and household products such as paper products, laundry detergents, and
side dishes. The Food Bank of Delaware, located in Newark, will
distribute the donated food via its 440 hunger-relief partners in
Delaware. Last year, the DART First State "Stuff the Bus"
food drive stuffed three 30' buses and collected 20.4 tons of food for
Delawareans in need thanks to the generosity of the public, including
several schools and businesses.
'Stuff The Bus' 2011 will be
collecting food at five sites throughout the State. The site locations,
collection dates, and times are:
8, Walmart, 939 N. DuPont Highway in Milford 8 a.m. to 6
8, Acme, North Dover Center in Dover 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
9, Acme, Fairfax Shopping Center, US Route 202 in Wilmington 8
a.m. to 5 p.m.
10, Rodney Square in Wilmington 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
11, Rodney Square in Wilmington 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
DART First State also
encourages the public to donate directly to the Food Bank of Delaware
if they are unable to visit any of the "Stuff The Bus"
collection sites. For more information on donating food, contact the
Food Bank at 302-292-1305, or visit the website at www.FBD.org."
State Service Change Approved
According to an October 14
DelDOT press release, "the DelDOT's Delaware Transit Corporation
(DTC) has announced that the proposed changes to DART First State fixed
route bus service have been approved. The changes will become
effective on December 4, 2011." Changes include additional
Saturday bus service and the addition of bus service to Delaware City.
To view DART bus service changes, please visit www.DartFirstState.com.
Federal Transit Administration Awards
According to an October 20 DelDOT press release, "DTC and DelDOT
have received a $4.5 million grant from the Federal Transportation
Administration (FTA). With the help of Delaware's Congressional
delegation, the project grant was selected on a competitive basis
through the FY 2011 State of Good Repair Program.
The grant funds will be used for a variety of projects, including bus
shelter glass replacements, bus stop accessibility improvements, fuel
tank replacement, paving upgrades at the Mid-County Facility in Odessa,
and upgrades to the Wilmington Administration Center." To
view the press release, please visit www.deldot.gov/public.ejs?command=PublicNewsDisplay&id=4157.
Delaware Sea-Level Rise Advisory
Committee's Public Engagement Sessions
Join Delaware's Sea-Level Rise
(SLR) Advisory Committee at one of five public engagement sessions
across the state to learn more about the potential impacts of sea-level
rise in Delaware. Your feedback will help guide the Advisory Committee
as they determine Delaware's potential vulnerability to sea-level rise,
and move forward on their next steps of developing recommendations for
ways we can prepare for it.
The SLR Advisory Committee is
comprised of a representative from each State of Delaware cabinet-level
department and representatives from municipal governments, business
organizations, non-profit groups, and citizen organizations. Each
representative to the Advisory Committee consults with their respective
agencies and constituent groups regarding sea-level rise issues and
brings their concerns and needs to the table for discussion and action.
The sessions will run from 4
p.m. to 7 p.m., with a brief presentation at 4:30 p.m., to be repeated
at 6 p.m.. Prior registration is not required.
9, Middletown High School Auditorium, 120 Silver Lake Road, Middletown,
15, Georgetown Public Library, 2nd Floor Public Meeting Room,
123 West Pine Street, Georgetown, DE 19947
17, William Penn High School Auditorium, 713 East Basin Road, New
Castle, DE 19720
21,Kent County Levy Court Complex, Rm 221, 555 Bay Road (Route
113), Dover, DE 19901
29, Cape Henlopen High School Auditorium, 1270 Kings Highway,
Lewes, DE 19958
APA Delaware Annual
Meeting & Dinner
Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) will hold its Annual
Meeting and Dinner on November 9, from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The
event will be held at the Clarion Hotel, 1612 N. DuPont Hwy, New
Castle, DE. The APA Delaware Annual Meeting will include networking,
dinner, speaker, chapter business meeting, and awards. The program will
begin with a web conference from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Social Media
and Ethics (1.5CM, Ethics). The dinner program will run from 5:30
p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and feature U.S. Senator Tom Carper as the
keynote speaker. The cost is $35, which includes cash bar and
dinner. To register visit www.delawareapa.org. Contact Chapter President
David Edgell at (302) 739-3090, for more information, or if you need
assistance with registering.
O'Malley Considering Gas
According to an
article in the October 17 Baltimore Sun, Maryland Governor O'Malley may
support an increase in Maryland's gasoline tax. "In response
to questions at a State House news conference, O'Malley said flatly
that he favors raising more revenue - but didn't specify how. He would
not rule out backing a blue-ribbon commission's recommendation that the
state raise its 23.5-cents-per-gallon gas tax by 15 cents."
To view the article, please visit www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-gas-tax-20111017,0,4095347.story.
Ground 2011 Conference will be held on November 1, in
Philadelphia. In a time of declining funding resources, creative
partnerships between government, the private sector, nonprofits, and
philanthropy can offer solutions to address growing needs, such as
infrastructure, redevelopment, public amenities, and human services.
This one-day conference will examine some of those creative
partnerships from within Philadelphia and around the country that are
making a difference in today's tough economic climate. For more
information, please visit: www.dvrpc.org/breakingground.
Sustainable Communities Conference
Sustainable Communities Conference will be held on November 3, in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Sponsored by a variety of Pennsylvania
cities, nonprofits, and government agencies, this conference will
promote green infrastructure, healthy communities, and low-cost land
management practices. Attendees will include government officials, park
managers, landscape architects, planners, and anyone else interested in
balancing human needs with natural resource protection. For more
information, please visit: www.dcnr.state.pa.us/conservationscience/sustainablelands/conferences/2011/index.htm.
"New Directions in
Planning" - Tools for Planning Now
Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) is hosting the 2011 MPCA
Annual Conference at the Tidewater Inn in Easton, MD on November 9 and
10. For more information, please visit: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=avw45wcab&oeidk=a07e4ssat5m3242031f.
Delaware Coalition for
Healthy Eating and Active Living Unveils Updated Website
Coalition for Healthy Eating and Active Living (DE HEAL) is a network
of over 70 organizations and 200 individuals that provide statewide
leadership and serve as a catalyst for policy, environmental, and
systems changes that aim to prevent obesity through healthy eating and
increasing physical activity throughout Delaware. DE HEAL continues to
evolve to maintain its ability to advocate effectively for physical
activity, healthy eating, and the reduction of obesity in the state. To
learn more, please visitwww.deheal.org.
Streets As Places
The Streets As
Places workshop will be held on November 10 and 11, in New York, New
York. Sponsored by the Project for Public Spaces, this workshop
focuses on how to redirect future investment in transportation and
streets to build communities, not simply to move cars. Presentations
will include policy, street and sidewalk design, and community
implementation strategies. For more information, please visit: www.pps.org/training/streets-as-places.
budgets, dwindling federal resources, and a lack of clear, effective
messaging often present significant barriers for cities working to
develop or expand their sustainability efforts. The Green Cities
Conference to be held from November 10 through 12, in Phoenix, AZ will
address these issues. This conference, sponsored by the National
League of Cities, explores issues fundamental to building and
maintaining strong sustainability programs. For more information,
please visit: www.nlc.org/events/coc/green-cities-agenda.
Trans Planning Excellence Awards Open for Nominations
According to an October 3rd USDOT announcement, "The
Transportation Planning Excellence Awards (TPEA) Program recognizes
outstanding initiatives across the country to develop, plan, and
implement innovative transportation planning practices. Winners
represent a variety of planning organizations from across the county,
and will receive awards at the TRB Summer Meeting in 2012 on the West
Coast (location TBD). This biennial awards program is sponsored by the
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit
Administration (FTA), in partnership with the Transportation Research
Board (TRB)." For more information, please visit http://www.planning.dot.gov/tpea2012/.
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.