December 2019

All meetings are open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held in the WILMAPCO Conference Room.
Dec 3, 3 p.m.
December 5, 6-8:30 p.m., Brandywine High School
December 16. 6 p.m.
December 19, 10 a.m.
WILMAPCO will be closed for on December 24 and 25 for Christmas.
Happy Holiday and New Year!  

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Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO). 
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US202Concord Pike Corridor Master Plan Public Meeting
New Castle County, DelDOT and WILMAPCO invite you to help plan for the future of the Concord Pike Corridor during a public meeting.   
Thursday, December 5 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at Brandywine High School.
This workshop will include updates to the ongoing traffic and land use analysis, and a review of efforts to address bicycle, pedestrian, and transit needs in the corridor. All are welcome to attend, but to adequately prepare, registration is requested. To register to attend, please visit To learn more or signup for project updates, please visit 
SNCCMPDraft Southern New Castle County Master is Available for Review and Comment
After eight public meetings, three advisory committee meetings, online engagement, and various other communications with stakeholders over the past year a draft of the Southern New Castle County Master is now available for public review and comment through December 16. The draft plan, which builds on previous studies, includes an analysis of current conditions and three growth scenarios. The draft also includes preliminary recommendations for land use. A full transportation analysis will be completed in Spring 2020, and will be part of the final plan. To view and comment on the draft plan, please visit
RFPRequest for Proposals
WILMAPCO, DelDOT, New Castle County Land Use Department are seeking proposals to perform an update to the 1997 Churchmans Crossing Plan . The objective of the study is to develop a comprehensive update to the 1997 plan and transportation and land use solutions and policies that match with the changing land use and transportation landscape. To view the RFP, please visit Proposals will be accepted through December 9.  
meetingWILMAPCO Meeting Changes
The WILMAPCO Council meeting time has changed. During their last meeting, WILMAPCO's Council voted to change their meeting time to 10am on the 2nd Thursday of every other month. The next Council meeting will be held on January 9th at 10am. WILMAPCO's Air Quality Subcommittee (AQS) meeting time has also changed to the first Thursday of every month at 10am starting in January. To learn more about WILMAPCO's Council, please visit or air quality subcommittee at
Local News
GreenNCCGreeNCC Community Workshop
New Castle County Land Use is hosting a community workshop on December 4 from 5-7pm at the NCC NCC Gilliam Building, Multi Purpose Room to review three proposed ordinances with the public and to seek meaningful input and feedback. The ordinances include:
  1. Promoting Quality Private Community Open Space 
  2. Conserving Forest and Habitat
  3. Enhancing Stormwater Management through updating the County Drainage Code for consistency and best practices
I95DelDOT Kicks Off I-95 Rehabilitation Project Coordination
According to a DelDOT release, "The three-year viaduct project is tentatively scheduled to begin mainline construction on March 1, 2021, and is estimated to cost $150 million. During the 10 stages of construction, at least one lane in each direction of I-95 will remain open, and ramp closures will be staggered to continuously maintain access in and out of the city. Planned construction includes the repair of 19 bridges, 11 ramps, removing and replacing the top two inches of concrete on the bridge decks to maintain the integrity of the underlying structural concrete and replacing deteriorating concrete traffic barriers and roadway expansion joints. Major traffic impacts will be limited to two years of the three-year contract."  For more information, please visit 
National News
ClimateWorld Scientists' Warning of a Climate Emergency 
According to the American Institute of Biological Sciences, "More than 11,000 scientist from around the world have declared that clearly and unequivocally the planet Earth is facing a climate emergency. Exactly 40 years ago, scientists from 50 nations met at the First World Climate Conference (in Geneva 1979) and agreed that alarming trends for climate change made it urgently necessary to act. Since then, similar alarms have been made through the 1992 Rio Summit, the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, and the 2015 Paris Agreement, as well as scores of other global assemblies and scientists' explicit warnings of insufficient progress yet greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are still rapidly rising, with increasingly damaging effects on the Earth's climate. An immense increase of scale in endeavors to conserve our biosphere is needed to avoid untold suffering due to the climate crisis."  To learn more, please visit
VisionZeroFederal Vision Zero Act Introduced
According to Smart Cities Dive, "U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced the Vision Zero Act of 2019. Across the country, communities are recognizing the importance of pedestrian and bicycle safety and have a goal to reduce the number of deaths to zero. Cities across the country are implementing interagency Vision Zero Plans connecting engineering, education, and enforcement, to reach the goal of ending transportation deaths."  To learn more, please visit
WalkableKidsKids Raised in Walkable Cities Earn more Money as Adults
According to Citylab, "Children who live in walkable neighborhoods have higher levels of upward economic mobility. That's the key finding from a new study published in the American Psychologist. The study, 'The Socioecological Psychology of Upward Social Mobility,' by psychologists at Columbia University, the University of Virginia, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, looks at the effect of growing up in a walkable community on the economic mobility of children." To view the source article, please visit
TreesStudy: The More Trees We're Surrounded By, the Lower Our Stress Levels
According to Return to Now, "Researchers put people in stressful situations and then showed them 3-D videos of various 'city' scapes, each with different densities of tree cover. The thicker the tree-cover, the lower the subjects' stress levels dropped. The researchers, from the University of Illinois and the University of Hong Kong, subjected 160 participants to various stressful scenarios, including having them prepare to deliver a speech, or perform a math test, in front of judges and cameras. Once the participants were fully stressed out, they viewed one of 10 six-minute videos of city streets that changed only in the amount of tree coverage, ranging from 0 to 70 percent. They found the higher the density of trees, the lower the levels of stress the subjects reported." To view the source article, please visit

EmissionsThe Most Detailed Map of Auto Emissions in America
According to the New York Times, "Even as the United States has reduced carbon dioxide emissions from its electric grid, largely by switching from coal power to less-polluting natural gas, emissions from transportation have remained high. The bulk of those emissions, nearly 60 percent, come from the country's 250 million passenger cars, S.U.V.s and pickup trucks, according to the Environmental Protection Agency." To view a map of a year's worth of CO2 from passenger and freight traffic on every road in the United States, please visit