News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

December 2014

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All meetings are open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held in the WILMAPCO Conference Room.   
In case of inclement weather, please call (302) 737-6205, or toll free from Cecil County at (888) 808-7088 for cancellations or postponements. 

Congestion Management Subcommittee 

December 11, 1 p.m.


Public Advisory Committee 

December 15, 7 p.m.


Technical Advisory Committee and Air Quality Subcommittee 

December 18, 10 a.m.


Other Events
WILMAPCO will be closed on December 24 and 25 for Christmas and December 31 through January 2nd for New Years. 

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Member Agency News 
Local News 

Rt141Planning for Sustainable Growth and Development in the SR 141 Corridor

The New Castle County Department of Land Use, DelDOT and WILMAPCO are planning for the future of transportation and land use development in the Route 141 corridor with the launch of the SR 141 20-Year Transportation and Land Use Plan. The plan, extending from Kirkwood Highway to Blue Ball/Concord Pike, will identify key issues, challenges, and opportunities for transportation and land use in the corridor and will develop innovative approaches to managing congestion while promoting more sustainable growth patterns. Consensus building and establishment of stakeholder support is a key element in the process. This will be accomplished through facilitated stakeholder outreach that will include many opportunities for public feedback at meetings and interactive workshops. For more information, please visit


RedClayRed Clay Valley Scenic Byway Design Standards Overlay

WILMAPCO, the New Castle County Department of Land Use, DelDOT and the Red Clay Valley Scenic Byway Alliance have begun planning to develop and draft corridor overlay standards for the Red Clay Valley Scenic Byway. To assist our planning, WILMAPCO is hiring the consultant team of Gaadt Perspectives and Townscape Design. The Red Clay Valley Scenic Byway, designated in 2005, is comprised of a network of 28 secondary roads within the Red Clay Creek watershed. Land development design standards that will preserve the inventoried resources and the intrinsic qualities of Red Clay Valley are the focus of this effort. The outcome of the project will be draft conservation design standards for land development projects within the byway. Public outreach and stakeholder support are important elements leading to the draft design standards. Learn more at


TriStateTODTri-State Mall Transit Oriented Development Analysis

This study will get underway in 2015 through a collaboration between the New Castle County Department of Land Use, WILMAPCO, DelDOT and DTC, with input from property owners and the community. TOD is a mixed use residential and commercial area designed to make public transit successful, walking and bicycling convenient and safe, and provide for a vibrant, livable community. Tri-State Mall is an older shopping center that opened in 1970 and currently has 513,896 square feet, one of the largest malls in Delaware. In recent years business activity and occupancy at the mall have declined and resulted in an underutilized commercial center that has significant potential for TOD redevelopment. The TOD analysis will examine the potential for transit-oriented development at Tri-State Mall to support economic development, access to retail and services, and transportation by transit, walking and bicycling.


GlasgowGlasgow Avenue Study

The New Castle County Department of Land Use, DelDOT and WILMAPCO are partnering on a planning study for the Glasgow Avenue area. The goal of the project is to provide a safe and attractive street that encourages more non-motorized trips, better connectivity between land uses, guidance on urban design for creating a vibrant mix of locally serving uses and attractive public gathering places, and enhancing economic activity.The partners will work with the community to develop a consensus-based plan and set of recommendations for achieving the stated goal of creating a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly street that residents will appreciate, and that will attract development that will support the community. 


Member Agency News bike
FirstMapFirstMap, Delaware's Enterprise GIS System
According to the Delaware Office of State Planning website, "We are pleased to announce that FirstMap, Delaware's enterprise GIS infrastructure, is now in production and available to all state agencies, counties, and the public. FirstMap will provide users with GIS capabilities, data access, data sharing, and the ability to create and consume geospatial applications and maps. Initial data loading has been completed and additional datasets will be available as more agencies begin using FirstMap." For more information, please visit

Local News 


SustTransFundSustainable Transportation Funding Workshop
According to an email from Sandra Wolfe, "The Mileage-Based User Fee Alliance (MBUFA) is holding the latest of its workshop series in Wilmington, DE on Friday, December 5 to educate and inform thought leaders on using mileage-based-user-fees as a viable financial basis for funding the transportation infrastructure."  For more information and to register for this free workshop, please visit
BikeShareNewark City Employee Bike Share Program
According to a November 3 Newark Post article, "City employees can now travel to appointments, lunches
and other destinations on two wheels instead of four with
the launch of a new bike share program meant to be
cleaner, healthier and cheaper than driving.
Newark purchased the small fleet of four bicycles,
complete with cargo racks and helmets, using grant
money from the Delaware Coalition for Healthy Eating
and Active Living (DE HEAL)."  To view the source article, please visit

ToolboxDelaware Complete Communities Planning Toolbox
According to a University of Delaware email, "The  
Delaware Complete Communities Planning Toolbox is designed to help build capacity of Delaware local governments to develop complete-communities planning approaches, implementation tools, and community engagement strategies. The Institute for Public Administration (IPA) at the University of Delaware invites you to explore and evaluate the toolbox's design and content.  Please take a moment to complete a quick survey on the design and content of the site."  To take the survey, please visit
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National News
TransBillTransportation Secretary: U.S. Needs Major Transportation Bill 
According to a USA Today article, "The nation's transportation system is threatened by short-term federal funding measures and will be 'in trouble' unless it gets more money, said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. Uncertainty resulting from the lack of a long-term transportation bill has cost jobs and has left state and local transportation officials unsure how to finance projects that will take years to complete, he said. 'This issue affects every community, every user of our system, whether they're driving, or whether they're using transit in some way,' Foxx said. 'And I don't see how we can get through this in a good way as a country without Congress coming to the table and actually passing a long-term transportation bill.' To view the source article, please visit

PPSLivability Solutions: Free Community Technical Assistance 
According to the Project for Public Spaces website, "Is your community working to become more livable and sustainable? Are you running into barriers in achieving these goals? Project for Public Spaces is excited to announce that you can now apply for free technical assistance (through January 9, 2015) to address these challenges. Livability Solutions partners, which include the nation's leading experts in creating sustainable communities, will lead one- and two-day targeted workshops in communities around the U.S. Communities will learn how to use one of our tools or workshop approaches, such as walkability audits, green infrastructure valuation guides, shared use agreements, and community image surveys, that can help achieve goals of enhancing livability, creating lasting economic and environmental improvements, and improving residents' public and social health. Eight to ten communities will be selected to receive technical assistance this year."  For more information, please visit

DrivingFeeEconomic Case for National Per-Mile Driving Fee
According to a November 3 CityLab article, "The Highway Trust Fund that pays for America's roads narrowly avoided bankruptcy this summer, but it's already in trouble again. In August, after the latest budget patch was approved, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the fund would run out of money again next year. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has put together a new menu of funding options. The top potential earner by far on the AASHTO list: A mileage-based driving fee. A penny a mile tax on typical passenger vehicles would generate $175.58 billion by 2020. Meanwhile, a four-cent-a-mile fee on trucks, which cause more damage to roads, would bring in another $70.73 billion over that same period. Altogether a mileage-based driving fee would produce an astonishing $246.31 billion by 2020." To learn more, please visit

PedFriendlySeven Easy Things Any City can do to be More Pedestrian-Friendly 
According to an October 7th Wired article, "There are many ways cities can make their public spaces safer and more inviting for pedestrians. The ideas come from a report by the non-profit SPUR (originally called the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association), which laid out seven ways to make any city more pedestrian-friendly."  To learn more, please visit

TIGERTIGER Grant Evaluation Report
According to a November 5 Transportation Research Board blurb, "The U.S. Government Accountability Office has released a report that evaluates the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT's) Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant program for surface transportation. Specifically, GAO examined USDOT's progress in implementing program improvements and the extent to which it leveraged non-federal funds for TIGER grants." For more information, please visit

EmissionsCar Emissions vs. Car Crashes: Which One's Deadlier?
According to CITYLAB, "The ever-thought-provoking David Levinson posed a question at his Transportationist blog earlier this week that's worth a longer look: Are you more likely to die from being in a car crash or from breathing in car emissions? If your gut reaction is like mine, then you've already answered in favor of crashes. But when you really crunch the numbers, the question not only becomes tougher to answer, it raises important new questions of its own."  To view the source article, please visit

About Us
The Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO) is the regional transportation planning agency for New Castle County, Delaware and Cecil County, Maryland. As the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), WILMAPCO is charged with planning and coordinating transportation investments for the region based on federal policy, local input, technical analysis, and best practices.  For more information, please visit our website at
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