Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a comprehensive plan?

A comprehensive plan is a long-term guide that expresses the values and aspirations of a community. It is the broadest public policy document a community can create for its future physical development considering the input of citizens, businesses, and other stakeholders. It includes a vision statement about the future condition of the City; goals and desired outcomes for each of the plan topics; objectives to measure progress on a goal, and actions to achieve the goal. The plan is a tool to prepare for change and acts as both a business plan and guidebook for decision-makers. The plan is not a legally binding document, but it can serve as a foundation for budgeting decisions, zoning ordinances, land development regulations and more.

2. Why does City of Delaware need to update its Comprehensive Plan?

The existing (2003-2008) Comprehensive Plan needs to be updated to reflect current trends and priorities. Regular comprehensive planning represents good stewardship and establishes a foundation for well-supported policies to create the best possible future.

3. Are there opportunities for residents to get involved?

Yes. This is an open and inclusive process. There will be two rounds of public workshops during the planning process where anybody that cares about the future of Delaware will be able to participate and contribute their ideas and insight.

4. Do I have to be an expert to contribute ideas?

You are an expert if you live or work in Delaware. Who knows the community better than someone who lives or works here?

5. What is the timeline for completing the plan?

The plan and associated implementation strategies will be completed in Spring 2019.

6. How can I learn more?

For more information about this exciting opportunity please check this website or contact David Efland, Director of Planning & Community Development at or 740-203-1600.

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