The Complete Communities Project will be holding a public meeting on Thursday, May 10, 2012 from 4:30pm until 6:00pm at the Town Hall.


For the second Complete Communities Workshop in Elsmere (May 10, 2012 at 4:30p.m.; Elsmere City Hall), the UD IPA will be administering a Visual Preference Survey (VPS) to invited stakeholders. A VPS is a tool that is useful at assessing the public’s perspective on images of natural and built environments. The process involves asking participants to view and rate a wide variety of images depicting streetscapes, land use, site design, building type, aesthetics, and amenities. The intent of the survey is to gauge general opinions of respondents, inform the planning process, and better define the vision of the Elsmere community. This survey will be available to Elsmere citizens from May 10 - July 10, 2012 in an online format at the following address:


The Institute for Public Administration at the University of Delaware, DelDOT, and Office of State Planning Coordination are working with two pilot communities—the Town of Elsmere and the City of Milford—to formulate a framework to plan for Complete Communities in Delaware.

A “Complete Community” is one that considers transportation options and connectivity, mixed and efficient uses of land, healthy environments, job growth and business diversity, and an involved citizenry that helps define a community’s unique character and sense of place.

There will be three community workshops in each pilot community where stakeholders will participate in facilitated exercises to consider a series of questions. What constitutes a Complete Community? How can Complete Communities be achieved in Delaware? What hurdles need to be overcome to move toward Complete Communities? A public policy forum with a larger stakeholder group will be held in fall 2012 and a state plan with recommendations will be drafted.

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