June 2016
All meetings are open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held in the WILMAPCO Conference Room.

WILMAPCO Public Workshops

North Claymont Area Master Plan - Flyer June 6, from 4:30-8:30 p.m. at the Claymont Community Center

Red Clay Valley Scenic Byway Design Standards Overlay Project - Flyer
June 16, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Ashland Nature Center


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NCAMPPublic is Invited to Provide Input on Plans for the Future of Northern Claymont 
You are invited to participate in the second Public Workshop for the North Claymont Area Master Plan (NCAMP) on Monday, June 6, at the Claymont Community Center (in the old library), 3301 Green St, Claymont, DE.  The plan will examine future land use, transportation, and economic development strategies for the area, which includes the Tri-state Mall and former Claymont Steel Mill. During the workshop you will be able to provide your ideas for northern Claymont's future , including plans for the Claymont Train Station and review draft scenarios. For more information, please visit www.wilmapco.org/ncamp or follow the project on Facebook at www.facebook.com/northclaymont

RCVSBRed Clay Valley Scenic Byway Design Standards Overlay Project Community Workshop  
You are invited to a Community Workshop to help shape the future of Red Clay Valley on Thursday, June 16, at the Ashland Nature Center.  The open house workshop will begin at 6:30 p.m. with display boards.  A presentation and discussion will be held at 7 p.m.  During the workshop, you will have the chance to provide your feedback on the draft report, design standards and overlay zoning for the area.  This Plan is a partnership of WILMAPCO, New Castle County, DelDOT, and the Red Clay Valley Scenic Byway Alliance, with the guidance of those who live, work, and play in the scenic Red Clay Valley.  For more information, please visit www.wilmapco.org/redclay.
Local News
ClevelandAveCity of Newark's Cleveland Avenue Improvement Task Force has Announced a Public Workshop 

Based on Public Feedback, DART Pulls Back on Some Proposed Changes  
According to a Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) release, "DTC has announced changes to DART Statewide Bus Services to become effective Sunday, June 26. The changes are more limited in scope than those initially proposed at public hearing workshops, held in April. Based on customer feedback, DART has decided not to proceed with some changes, while making modifications to others." To view all changes, please visit www.dartfirststate.com.

UDToolsNew Tools for Evaluating Walkability, Bikeability, and Flood-Readiness are Available 
According to a University of Delaware's (UD) Institute for Public Administration (IPA) release, "The IPA released three resources designed to assist Delaware local governments with planning for healthy and complete communities. Each publication, along with related resources, is posted on IPA's online Delaware Complete Communities Planning Toolbox at www.completecommunitiesde.org.
1. ADA-accessibility and walk appeal
The Healthy and Complete Communities in Delaware: Walkability Assessment Tool guides municipalities through evaluating the walkability of specific areas within their towns and cities. This assessment tool serves as an updated version to IPA's original tool, which was developed and published in 2010.
2. Bike routes and connectivity
The Planning for Complete Communities in Delaware: Low-Stress Bikeability Assessment Tool guides local governments and community stakeholders in evaluating the extent to which average bicycle riders can easily access low-stress areas within a bicycle network. Using the three-step assessment process, stakeholders identify which on-road bicycle routes lack connectivity and accessibility, and develop strategies to improve these routes.
3. Flood risk and readiness
Creating Flood-Ready Communities: A Guide for Delaware Local Governments provides resources for
evaluating risks, planning adaptations, and executing actions to address the impacts of flooding."

DNRECUDDNREC and UD Partner to Create Database of Funding Opportunities to Support Resilient Communities
According to a Delaware Department of Recreation and Environmental Control (DNREC) release, "Climate change impacts are a growing concern for Delaware's municipalities and communities, and local governments. As of today, with the unveiling of a new database developed by the University of Delaware's Institute for Public Administration, local governments and communities now have a resource to help them identify potential funding. The easy-to-use website lists resources that support implementation of climate change adaptation and resilient community development.  The Delaware Database for Funding Resilient Communities can be accessed at www.sppa.udel.edu/research-public-service/ddfrc.  
CecilCecil's First Charging Stations Open for Business 
According to the Cecil Whig, "In the past few weeks, Royal Farms has installed electric car charging stations at its Cecilton and soon-to-be-reopened North East locations. State transportation officials believed that funding new charging stations would alleviate the worry that an electric car driver would be stranded due to a lack of charging access or a vehicle's mileage constraints, and further the market for such vehicles."  To view the source article, please visit www.cecildaily.com/business/article_09f39930-1155-53af-9980-5b3ce32872ec.html
ElectricBusElectric Buses Sought for Delaware 
According to the News Journal, "Delaware Transit Corp. Chief Executive John Sisson envisions a fleet of electric buses operating alongside traditional diesel buses. But to take that step, the agency needs federal dollars. DART will apply for a grant for as much as $3 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help purchase six battery-powered buses."  To view the source article, please visit www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2016/04/27/delaware-bus-agency-wants-fed-funds-electric-vehicles/83590256/
National News
ECGEast Coast Greenway Strategic Plan Announced 
The East Coast Greenway Alliance (ECGA) has announced a Strategic Plan to 2020. "We are thrilled to present our Strategic Plan which will guide our organization's development to 2020. The Plan was developed over the past year by our Board, staff, donors, members, and other stakeholders."  To view the Executive Summary, please visit http://greenway.us .