Comprehensive Rezoning 2021 Project

What is the Comprehensive Rezoning 2021 Project?

Now that the 2019 Comprehensive Plan has been adopted and certified by the State the City must undergo a comprehensive zoning review. The Comprehensive Plan outlines a number of Implementation items. Under Delaware Code (State law), the City is required to review and ensure that the Land Development Plan of the Comprehensive Plan and the City’s Official Zoning Map are in alignment. This project is known as the Comprehensive Rezoning 2021 Project. This project is being led by Planning Office Staff from the Department of Planning & Inspections.

How is the Comprehensive Rezoning done?

Planning Staff used GIS (Geographic Information Systems) technology to compare the two maps. The Land Development Plan Map (Map 12-1 in the 2019 Comprehensive Plan) has general Land Use categories for all properties within the City. The Zoning Map depicts the approved Zoning District for each property in the City. After the initial analysis, Staff sifted through results to determine where there were inconsistencies and which parcels should be corrected by changing the zoning to match the underlying Land Use category. To help determine the appropriate zoning the current land use of the parcels and the Land Use and Zoning Matrix (Table 12-1 in the 2019 Comprehensive Plan) were referenced. After this analysis a preliminary list of parcels identified for rezoning was produced.

What happens now?

Now that these properties have been identified, Staff are working on contacting the property owners to notify them of the rezoning process. Property owners will be given an opportunity to learn more about the process and ask questions at one of three upcoming virtual information sessions on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. 

Sample Packet mailed to all affected Property Owners

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our Information Sessions on February 23, 2021. If you were unable to attend, we have provided a recording of the Session for you to view below.

February 23, 2020 Public Information Sessions on the Comprehensive Rezoning 2021 Project

SESSION 1 at 10:00 AM SESSION 2 at 4:00 PM SESSION 3 at 7:00 PM
Public Participation Information:
Dial 1-408-418-9388
Public Participation Information:
Dial 1-408-418-9388
Public Participation Information:
Dial 1-408-418-9388
Event Number/Access Code: 
179 036 9373
Event Number/Access Code: 
179 352 2477
Event Number/Access Code: 
179 596 2248
Event Password: DoverRezoning Event Password: DoverRezoning Event Password: DoverRezoning
Event address for attendees: 
http://bit.ly/CompRezoning1
Event address for attendees: 
http://bit.ly/CompRezoning2
Event address for attendees: 
http://bit.ly/CompRezoning3


The Formal Review Process

The consideration of the Comprehensive Rezoning 2021 Project will involve a formal review process. The process includes public notice mailings and legal advertisements, preparation of the Comprehensive Rezoning package (lists and maps identifying parcels), and Public Hearings. Public Hearings will be scheduled with the Planning Commission and City Council in order to accept or deny the proposed rezoning of properties identified. After a decision has been made by City Council, the City’s Zoning Map will be edited to reflect the parcels that have been rezoned.

Interactive Comprehensive Rezoning Map

For even more information and an interactive Comprehensive Rezoning 2021 Project Map please check out our ArcGIS Hub Site.

Contact Planning Staff

As always Planning Staff are available to answer any questions or concerns regarding the Comprehensive Rezoning Process. 

City of Dover, Department of Planning & Inspections
Planning Office
Phone: (302) 736-7196
Fax: (302) 736-4217
Email: CompPlan@dover.de.us
Mail: City of Dover Planning Office, P.O. Box 475, Dover, DE 19903