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Track A: Best Practices - By Past TCSP Funding Recipients

Centreville, DE: Centreville Village Plan (FY 2000)

Heather Ehrlich, Wilmington Area Planning Council

Centreville, a small, unincorporated community in Delaware, is utilizing its $100,000 TSCP grant to design a village transportation and land use plan. The plan will represent a model for preserving and revitalizing a historic community and protecting surrounding open space, while guiding development in a way that increases walking and bicycling options and reduces vehicle-miles of travel.

The Centreville community contains a historical corridor, Kennett Pike, that is threatened by county plans to widen the road. Centreville would like to create its own plan of development to retain its charm as a walkable community. Currently, New Castle County's Unified Development Code does not provide sufficient flexibility for unincorporated communities to recreate traditional development patterns. The plan will result in changes to the county's code to allow "village type" residential and commercial development in unincorporated areas (the county is a partner in the TCSP project). The plan represents the first attempt for this small, unincorporated community to put its land use and transportation vision on paper.

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