What Elsmere’s Planning Commission Report Means For Your Home

The Elsmere Planning Commission has released its vison for the future of Elsmere.

The below recommendations are outlined in the report, however, the report includes several important details.

Information regarding the public’s input and upcoming meetings are also found in the report.

1. Review zoning code and subdivision code in order to direct development so that it is consistent with the town’s vision and goals.
2. Consider removing or replacing the Highway Development Zone.
3. Promote mixed-use zoning and development along the Kirkwood Highway corridor and other select areas of town.
4. Initiate an annexation strategy that includes consideration for areas identified in the Annexation Area Map.
5. Develop a corridor study along Kirkwood Highway in cooperation with WILMAPCO and DelDOT to identify opportunities to both improve pedestrian safety and encourage a more walkable and attractive environment.
6. Ensure that pedestrian safety is a priority throughout town when making land-use decisions, especially on Kirkwood Highway and Route 100 and for children walking to and from schools.
7. Review the town’s park space to evaluate each park for its current usage and design prior to considering the replacement of some park space with infill residential development in locations deemed to be suitable.
8. Investigate improvements to the town’s signage and wayfinding system to better direct visitors to key destinations in town.
9. Investigate appropriate code amendments to address aged housing stock that cannot meet current regulations, including flag lots.
10. Continue coordinating with the Land Bank to address potential tear-downs and blighted properties.
11. Consider state and county resources for the redevelopment of outdated buildings.
12. Continue to pursue Main Street recognition through Delaware’s Main Street affiliate program “Delaware on Main” now managed by the Division of Small Business.The 

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