Information Regarding Virtual Public Meetings and Hearings:
In accordance with Governor Carney’s Declaration of a State of Emergency, the Department of Land Use is now holding all public hearings and meetings in a "virtual" format as a telephone and video conference, utilizing Zoom Meetings. Members of the public wishing to join any Land Use Board public hearing or other public meeting may do so by utilizing a link or phone number(s) and the appropriate Zoom meeting ID. This information will be specified on the appropriate *Public Hearing/Meeting Agenda approximately two (2) business days prior to the scheduled hearing date. *NOTE: Up-to-date public hearing agendas are available in our Agenda Center and through the Meeting Schedule links below.
Additional information regarding Virtual Public Meetings may be found at: Virtual Meetings-Land-Use
Note for Applicants only:
Applicants must submit presentation materials electronically to the Department of Land Use no less than five (5) business days prior to the scheduled public hearing. Please email us with any questions.
*UPDATE: Effective 12noon on Thursday, April 2, 2020, the New Castle County Government Center will be closed to the public. Read on...
- First Tuesday of the month (Note: dates, times and/or locations of meetings and hearings are subject to change.)
- James Gilliam Building Multi-purpose Room
67 Read’s Way
New Castle, DE 19720
- Meetings start at 7 p.m.
- Public comments welcome
- Third Tuesday of the month (Note: dates, times and/or locations of meetings and hearings are subject to change.)
- New Castle County Government Center 87 Read’s Way, New Castle, DE 19720
- Meetings start at 9 a.m.
- Open to the public but there is no public comment period at business meetings
- Karen Peterson, Chairperson
- Leone Cahill-Krout
- Jonathan Cochran
- Joseph Daigle
- Leah Gray
- William V. McGlinchey
- Robert Snowden
- Ruth Visvardis
- Kiana Williams
The New Castle County Planning Board is a nine member public board, mandated by state law, that is responsible for reviewing proposed changes to zoning, subdivision regulations, deed restrictions, and the Comprehensive Development Plan. Deed restriction changes refer only to those deed restrictions to which New Castle County is a party or a beneficiary. This does not include community deed restrictions. Following review and a public hearing, the board issues recommendations on these proposals which are provided to County Council prior to their taking action.
The Planning Board is also tasked with rendering a final decision on subdivision variances and appeals of Land Use Department interpretations of subdivision regulations. These are also discussed at a public hearing and testimony is taken before the board acts to render a decision.
Standards by which the Planning Board makes recommendations and decisions may be found in the following sections of the Unified Development Code:
- Amendments – 40.31.420
- Deed Restriction Change Applicability and Procedures – 40.31.130
- Subdivision Appeals – 40.31.512
- Subdivision Variances – 40.31.452
- Zoning Map Amendments – 40.31.410