Laurel gets Downtown Development District


From left, Rep. Tim Dukes, Mayor John Shwed and Council President Chris Calio at the Downstate Development District announcement in Smyrna. 

Governor Jack Markell announced that Laurel will have a designated Downtown Development District. That designation makes it easier and more attractive to invest in Laurel’s business district, Broad Creek waterfront, and surrounding historic homes.

Whether you are a developer, existing business owner, or current resident who would like to upgrade your historic home, being in a Downtown Development District will help make your investment pay off.

Learn more about the DDD

View or download the one-page summary. 

Be a part of the plan!

How do you reimagine Laurel? When envisioning its future, what does it look like? We have embarked on an update of Laurel’s comprehensive plan and we want to hear from you.

Over the next few months, we will provide multiple opportunities to communicate: meetings, yes, but also an online survey, discussion opportunities on this website, speaking to your church or civic group, an Instagram feed, and our Twitter and Facebook accounts.

To honor the town’s agricultural heritage – and have a lot of fun doing it – the community got together on July 17 and painted a watermelon bus under the tutelage of artist John Donato.

Read more about it.

Watch out for Laurel’s age bubble

Lee Ann Walling is holed up in her office writing Laurel's comprehensive plan. She thought she would share interesting and significant findings from the plan, which will be presented to the town's Planning and Zoning Commission in January.  Do you assume Laurel is a town with a lot of older, white people? If you do, you are wrong. The median age of Laurel's residents is only 27.7. That means half the residents are older and half [...]

November 16th, 2016|Laurel|0 Comments

County sweetens DDD pot

Do you own residential or commercial property within Laurel's Downtown Development District? You really can't afford not to invest in it, given all the incentives now on the table. Sussex County Council this week voted to sweeten the pot for towns such as Laurel with Downtown Development District designations. The county will set up a local incentive program that will complement the state DDD initiative and its rebates of up to 20 percent of construction [...]

November 3rd, 2016|Laurel|0 Comments