Department of Planning and Development

Leonard Sophrin, A.I.A., Director

An aerial view of the City of Wilmington An aerial view of the City of Wilmington

The mission of the Department of Planning and Development is to improve the quality of life for City residents by ensuring that physical, social, and economic development in the city occurs in a rational and comprehensive manner that addresses community needs and governmental priorities.

The Department of Planning and Development is responsible for preparing, modifying, and maintaining neighborhood comprehensive development plans, land use regulations, economic development strategies, and demographic and social impact studies. In addition, the Department serves as the principle liaison between city government, community organizations and planning councils and works in partnership with these groups in developing neighborhood plans. The department assists in the identification of community needs, the determinations of governmental priorities, and the design of programs.

Major activities pursued by officials in this department include:

  • preparing the annual capital budget and capital improvement programs.
  • proposing amendments to the capital budget, zoning code, urban renewal plan and comprehensive plan.
  • processing site plan applications, street and public facility namings/renamings, rezonings, street removals, major and minor subdivisions, demolition requests and annexations.
  • overseeing the City's 12 City Historic Districts.
  • conducting environmental and historic reviews of federally-funded projects.
  • providing staff support to the City Planning Commission, Design Review and Preservation Commission, Access Wilmington Committee, and the Neighborhood Planning Leadership Council.
  • compiling and disseminating economic and demographic data.
  • conducting historic preservation planning activities.
  • preparing planning and land use studies and policy research.
From Creek to Tap: The Story of Wilmington's Public Water System

The Department of Public Works and the Department of Planning and Development are pleased to present the history of Wilmington's water system.

Visit this link: From Creek to Tap: the Story of Wilmington's Public Water System to read about it.

More About Planning and Development

Contact Planning

Mailing Address:
Department of Planning and Development
Louis L. Redding City/County Building
800 N. French Street, 7th Floor
Wilmington DE 19801

(302) 576-3100

(302) 571-4119

City Planning Commission:
(302) 576-3100

Design Review and Preservation Commission:
(302) 576-3113

Neigborhood Planning Councils:
(302) 576-3109