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 News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

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November
2011

E-NEWS

WILMAPCO Meetings

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.      

 

Air Quality Subcommittee 

November 10, 10 a.m. 

   

Congestion Management Subcommittee 

November 10, 1 p.m.

 


WILMAPCO Council
November 10, 6:30 p.m.

   

Data and Demographics Subcommittee  

November 14, 10 a.m.

 

Technical Advisory Committee 

November 17, 10 a.m.

 

Other WILMAPCO Events:  

 

Cecil County Bike Plan Public Workshop
November 1, 4-7p.m.
Cecil County Administrative Building, 200 Chesapeake Blvd., 1st Floor.
Elkton, MD

Village of 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.

 

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Member Agency News

Regional News    

National News

 

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BikeCecilWILMAPCO 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.     

 

MarshalltonVillage of 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.  


BikeSummitDelaware Bike 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 First State 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

KingsberryWILMAPCO Council Chair Leaving for Position in New York 

According 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

 

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CTPTourMaryland Transportation Officials Come to Cecil County to Discuss the Six-Year Transportation Program 

The annual "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.

 

NCCCompPlanNew Castle 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  

http://projects.jmt.com/new-castle-county-comprehensive-plan/documents.aspx.  Public comment may be sent to CompPlan12@nccde.org until December 1.

 

PathwaysPlanPublic Comment Sought on the First State Trails and Pathways Plan

Delaware 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.


PlanMDTimetable for "PlanMaryland" Updated

According 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 2011."

   

StuffBusDART 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: 

  • November 8, Walmart, 939 N. DuPont Highway in Milford 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • November 8, Acme, North Dover Center in Dover 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  
  • November 9, Acme, Fairfax Shopping Center, US Route 202 in Wilmington 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • November 10, Rodney Square in Wilmington 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  
  • November 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."    

 

ServiceChangeDART First 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.  

    

FTAFederal Transit Administration Awards $4.5 Million
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.   

SLRDelaware 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.

  • November 9, Middletown High School Auditorium, 120 Silver Lake Road, Middletown, DE 19709
  • November 15, Georgetown Public Library, 2nd Floor Public Meeting Room, 123 West Pine Street, Georgetown, DE 19947
  • November 17, William Penn High School Auditorium, 713 East Basin Road, New Castle, DE 19720
  • November 21,Kent County Levy Court Complex, Rm 221, 555 Bay Road (Route 113), Dover, DE 19901
  • November 29, Cape Henlopen High School Auditorium, 1270 Kings Highway, Lewes, DE 19958

If you can't attend in person, you can find the Sea-Level Rise Public Engagement Session information online at: http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/coastal/Pages/SLRAC-Public-Engagement-Sessions.aspx.

 

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APAAPA Delaware Annual Meeting & Dinner  

The Delaware 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.

 

GasHikeO'Malley Considering Gas Tax Rise

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.   

 

BreakingGroundBreaking Ground 2011

The Breaking 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.  

 

SustainableCommCreating Sustainable Communities Conference

The Creating 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.

 

Planning"New Directions in Planning" - Tools for Planning Now

The Maryland 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.

 

DEHEALDelaware Coalition for Healthy Eating and Active Living Unveils Updated Website

The Delaware 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.

 

 

bikeNational News
 

StreetsStreets 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.

 

GreenCitiesGreen Cities Conference

Strained local 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

 

TransPlan2012 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/.  

 

About Us
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.

 

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