The 2007 Comprehensive Development Plan Update identified the shortage of affordable housing, particularly in new growth areas of the county, as a concern. The state, particularly the Delaware State Housing Authority, encouraged the county to address this shortage in the plan and several strategies were incorporated, including the development of inclusionary housing legislation.
When the workforce housing legislation was drafted, it was widely disseminated to housing providers, developers, the civic community and state agencies for input. Public meetings were also held to solicit feedback. As with any other amendment to the Unified Development Code, the legislation was on the agendas for the Planning Board public hearing and later for New Castle County Council.