Plan offers Laurel a realistic path to growth

A draft of Laurel’s comprehensive plan is available below. The plan is intended to be read not just by planners but by citizens, business owners, town leaders and people who just want to learn more about Laurel.

The plan is scheduled to be be considered by the Planning and Zoning Commission in August 2017 and Mayor and Council in September 2017.  The version below does not yet reflect the comments of town officials and state reviewers.

What is a comprehensive plan?

Delaware requires municipalities to update their comprehensive plan every 10 years.  Laurel’s current plan is dated 2011, but the town decided to pursue an update so it will reflect all that is happening in the town, including the Ramble, downtown revitalization, an economic development focus on nature/heritage tourism, and other developments. The Laurel Town Council officially launched the comprehensive planning process at its March 7 meeting. They created a plan advisory team to provide feedback and help establish guiding principles for the plan.

The state requirements for a comprehensive plan are listed here.

At its fourth meeting on July 21, 2016, the Laurel Plan Advisory Team adopted a set of value statements to guide recommendations in the plan and future decision-making by the town. The plan was drafted by Cedar Creek Planning and Communications of Sussex County, with support provided by the Delaware Economic Development Office’s Neighborhood Building Blocks fund.

As we move forward, this page will include all kinds of information for anyone interested in Laurel’s future.

Click on image to view the presentation. 

Comprehensive Plan presentation

A version of this presentation was presented to Laurel Planning and Zoning Commission and the Laurel Redevelopment Corporation Board and will be presented to Town Council on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

A plan that reflects the people’s vision for their community

The plan was built through engagement of the public, including meetings of the Laurel Plan Advisory Team and an online survey that generated 355 responses. You can view the complete results of the survey below.

View survey results

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