2019 Comprehensive Plan

FINAL DRAFT 2019 Comprehensive Plan (12.3.2019)
The City of Dover Planning Office is please to announce that the FINAL DRAFT City of Dover 2019 Comprehensive Plan (12.3.2019) received a Recommendation of Approval from the Dover Planning Commission on December 16, 2019 and was Adopted by the Dover City Council on January 13, 2020. Planning Staff is now working to complete the final document and map series for submission for State Certification and its final publication. 

The FINAL DRAFT (12.3.2019) consists of a text document and a FINAL DRAFT Map Series. See links Copies of these documents are also available for review at the Planning Office in City Hall, 15 Loockerman Plaza, Dover and at the Dover Public Library, 35 Loockerman Plaza, Dover.

FINAL DRAFT 12-3-2019 2019 Comprehensive Plan Complete Text.pdf
FINAL DRAFT Complete Map Series 2019 Comp Plan 12-3-2019.pdf


Release DRAFT 2019 Comprehensive Plan (10.01.2019)
The City of Dover Planning Office is pleased to announce the publication of the Release DRAFT 2019 Comprehensive Plan (10.01.2019). This is the first complete Draft of the Document released to the public. Please review the Release DRAFT document and DRAFT Map Series. Copies of these documents are also available for review at the Planning Office in City Hall, 15 Loockerman Plaza, Dover.

 Publication Release DRAFT 10-1-2019 Dover Comp Plan Full Text Document.pdf

 Release DRAFT Comp Plan Full Map Series 10-1-2019.pdf

The Release DRAFT document was submitted for PLUS (Preliminary Land Use Services) Review on October 1, 2019 and was reviewed at the PLUS Meeting of October 23, 2019. The City has received the PLUS Review Comments: 2019-10-01_State Comments PLUS 11-8-2019.pdf   

Stay tuned to this page for uploads of presentations and data, and for news of future schedules and events.

What is Dover's 2019 Comprehensive Plan?

The City's Comprehensive Plan is a roadmap for Dover's future growth and development addressing where people will live and work, how essential services will be provided, and how the City can ensure a high quality of life. It is an important informational, policy, and regulatory document. The City Council and The Planning Commission use it as the foundation for rezoning, annexations, and other land use decisions. The City's Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map are required under State Law to be in conformance with the Comprehensive Plan, meaning all changes to the City's zoning laws, and all zoning changes affecting how land can be used, must directly or indirectly support the goals of the Plan.

The current version of the Comprehensive Plan is the 2008 Comprehensive Plan. State Law requires that the City's Comprehensive Plan be renewed at least every ten years. The 2019 Plan reports on the implementation of the 2008 Plan; adds recommendations from studies and plans conducted over the past decade; assesses the significance of demographic and economic changes; identifies the City's accomplishments; and reflect on new trends that may factor into the City's future growth.

The creation of the 2019 Comprehensive Plan represents an important opportunity for citizens to participate in the future of their community. We want your feedback and vision, so we can ensure the plan's goals are the goals of the people of Dover.


How can I participate in the 2019 Comprehensive Plan?

The Planning Office held two outreach events for the public to review the Release DRAFT of the 2019 Comprehensive Plan on October 23, 2019 and the Comprehensive Plan Visitation Event on October 24, 2019. See Outreach Events Listing below for the Event Presentation. 

The most recent events involved the Formal Review and Public Hearings on the 2019 Comprehensive Plan. The first Review and Public Hearing occurred at the Planning Commission Meeting of December 16, 2019. Another Review and Public Hearing occurred at the City Council Meeting of January 13, 2020. City Council approved Adoption of the 2019 Comprehensive Plan.


How can I stay up to date on the 2019 Comprehensive Plan?

The Planning Office will post more information about the Comprehensive Plan periodically on this page. Announcements will also be posted on the City website front page and on the City's Facebook page. If you have not already followed the City's Facebook, please do, as it is a great way to learn about news coming from the City on a variety of topics.

The Planning Office has held a number of outreach events to the public on the Plan. A list of  Outreach Events is below. Please revisit this page in the future to learn about more events as they are scheduled.

Outreach Events
Dover Economic Development forum: An Economist Vision of Dover (concluded)
A panel presentation and discussion on the future of Dover's economy.
June 13, 2018, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Wilmington University, 3282 N. DuPont Hwy., Building A, Dover DE
Mayor's Economic Development Meeting on Housing (concluded)
A discussion with local realtors and homebuilders on the future of Dover's housing market.
July 11, 2018, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at City Hall, 15 Loockerman Plaza, Dover DE
Comprehensive Plan Open House 2018 (concluded)
A presentation on findings from the 2019 Comprehensive Plan Survey, together with mapping activities and further feedback collection.
August 23, 2018, 3 PM to 7 PM at the Dover Public Library, 35 Loockerman Plaza.
City of Dover Historic District Workshop (concluded)
A presentation on the draft Historic Preservation chapter of the 2019 Comprehensive Plan, together with discussion of Dover' Historic District.
June 20, 2019, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at City Hall, in the Council Chambers and Lobby, 15 Loockerman Plaza, Dover DE

Comprehensive Plan Open House 2019 (concluded)
Presentation of the Release DRAFT 2019 Comprehensive Plan and associated Map Series.
October 23, 2019, 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Dover Public Library, 35 Loockerman Plaza, Dover DE. 
Presentation: 
PP Presentation For Open House on Comp Plan 10-23-2019.pdf

Comprehensive Plan Visitation Event 2019 (concluded)
Stop in to see the Release DRAFT 2019 Comprehensive Plan and associated Map Series. Staff available to answer questions and explain the document in an informal setting.
October 24, 2019, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM in the City Hall, 15 Loockerman Plaza, Dover DE

Public Hearings and Review of FINAL DRAFT 2019 Comprehensive Plan by Planning Commission and City Council (concluded)
A Public Hearing and Review of the FINAL DRAFT 2019 Comprehensive Plan and associated Map Series by the City of Dover Planning Commission on
December 16, 2019 at 6:00 PM in the City Council Chambers of City Hall, 15 Loockerman Plaza, Dover DE
A Public Hearing and Review of the FINAL DRAFT 2019 Comprehensive Plan and associated Map Series by the Dover City Council on January 13, 2020  at 7:30 PM in the City Council Chambers of City Hall, 15 Loockerman Plaza, Dover DE.

The Cabinet Committee on State Planning Issues has approved a comprehensive plan extension, which allows the 2008 Comprehensive Plan to remain in effect while the 2019 Comprehensive Plan is completed. Under the extension, the 2019 Comprehensive Plan must be certified no later than February 2020. Based on the extension, the adjusted overarching schedule for the Comprehensive Plan development process is as follows:

2019 Comprehensive Plan Development Schedule
Information Gathering
  • Data Gathering
  • Analysis of 2008 Plan
  • Pre-Update Review with State PLUS process
  • Meetings with outside Agencies and other stakeholders
  • Public Engagement Events
Completed
Plan & Map Development
  • Chapter Writing
  • Review & Preparation of Maps
  • Development of Goals, Recommendations, & Actions
Completed
Consideration of Plan Recommendations
  • Public Engagement Events
  • General Endorsement of Draft Plan by Planning Commission and City Council
October - December 2019
Formal Review & Adoption Process
  • PLUS Review/PLUS Letter
  • Plan Revisions
  • Planning Commission Hearing & Action
  • City Council Hearing & Action
  • Plan Certification
Winter 2019-2020
Plan Implementation
  • Final Publication
  • Implementation Work on Action Items
Winter 2019-2020 and ongoing

What if I have other questions?

If you have questions on the Comprehensive Plan , please contact Planning Staff at compplan@dover.de.us , or call the Planning Office at 302-736-7196.

Additional Resources

Preliminary list of Comprehensive Plan Goals as of August 23, 2018: Preliminary DRAFT 2019 Comp Plan Goals Chart.pdf

Open House Presentation August 23, 2018: Presentation For Open House on Comp Plan 8-23-2018.pdf

Open House Rolling Presentation August 23, 2018: Rolling Presentation for Open House event 8-23-2018.pdf

Preliminary Draft Land Development Plan Map as of August 23, 2018: Preliminary Draft Land Development Plan Maps 8-23-18.pdf

Preliminary Draft Annexation Maps (Areas Map and Land Use Map) as of October 5, 2018: Draft Annexation Maps 10-5-18.pdf

Preliminary Draft Comprehensive Plan Goals, Recommendations, and Action Items as of October 10, 2018: Preliminary DRAFT Goals and Recommendations 10-10-2018.pdf

Preliminary Draft Comprehensive Plan Goals, Recommendations, and Action Items as of February 28, 2019: Preliminary DRAFT#2A Goals and Recommendations 2-28-2019.pdf