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2018 Comp. Plan
TDR Program
2007 Plan Information

Master Plans


The Levy Court will hold its Public Hearing for the final approval of the Little Heaven and South Frederica Master Plans at the 12/15/20 Levy Court meeting.  Below are the Plans for each area with an accompanying map:


Little Heaven: Document  /  Map

South Frederica:  Document  /  Map


The Working Group will present their ideas for the the master plans in both the South Frederica and the Little Heaven areas.  You are welcome to attend either of the workshops to share in discussion and feedback on these ideas.  Both workshops are being held at the Kent County Admin. Complex in Room 203 from 6:30PM - 8:00PM.  A formal presentation will occur at 7:00PM.


Little Heaven - Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - Handout

South Frederica - Monday, September 9, 2019 - Handout


Working Group Presentation from July 30th, 2019


The Master Plan Working Group provided an update to Levy Court at the June 18, 2019 meeting.  Here is a brief overview of the process so far:


Working Group Story Map


Here is an interactive map that the County staff put together for these areas.  It includes the same data that was presented on the static maps for the last workshop:


Master Plan Interactive Web App


The first working group meeting for the Little Heaven and South Frederica Master Plans was held on Monday December 10, 2018 at 4:00pm at the Kent County Administrative Complex in Room 220 at the address below.

Map Series 


Here is the presentation that was used at that meeting: 12/10/18 Presentation


Feel free to contact us with any questions.


Email: planning@co.kent.de.us

Phone: 302-744-2471

555 Bay Rd. Dover, DE 19901


Little Heaven


Feedback Package used at Workshop

DelDOT Exhibit


South Frederica


Feedback Package used at Workshop

DelDOT Exhibit


As part of the new Comprehensive Plan, the Levy Court has acknowledged that Master Plans are necessary for the Little Heaven Employment Center and South Frederica Area.  We held public workshops at the Frederica Fire Hall on October 29th and 30th for each of these areas to gather input from residents, state agencies, and other community stakeholders. 


Thanks to all that attended!



Draft Zoning Ordinance Update

Zoning Code Update Overview Presentation


The 10 year Comprehensive Plan update in Kent County has finished.  We thank everyone who got involved for their help and input.  The Department will continue to post department updates on Facebook when future projects occur.  We will continue to post new information on our Twitter page as well.


Adopted Plan


Full Plan with appendices

Full Plan without appendices


Below are the story maps we produced for the plan process for public review and consupmtion.  They were a big part of gathering and sharing information for the plan and we'd like to continue to provide the information for the near future.


Population and Demographics

Economic Development

Parks and Recreation


Natural Resources

Community Facilities

Historic Preservation

Land Use

Community Design

Intergovernmental Coordination



 Combined Document


June 5th Levy Court Presentation

January 9th Levy Court Presentation  



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 Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Program


We've created an interactive story map to help explain what the TDR program entails in Kent County.  It includes some wonderful maps, descriptions, and links to the documents you would need to get started.


Exploring Transfer of Development Rights



Here are links to the older static maps and the code sections that apply:

TDR Maps

TDR Ordinance (Land Development)

TDR Ordinance (Zoning)



Questions? Call Planning Services at (302) 744-2471.

Vision Statement


To preserve the rural and community character of Kent County by encouraging the most appropriate use of land, water, and other resources that protects the County's natural, historic, and cultural resources, allows for economic opportunity, preserves farmland, manages growth, and provides a safe sustainable environment in which all citizens may live, work, shop, learn, and play.


Industrial Areas


The 2007 Comprehensive Plan designates potential areas for larger scale economic development.  The following are the indentified areas:



West Cheswold

North Dover

West Frederica

West Milford

South Harrington



Commercial Areas


The 2007 plan also identified areas that would be appropriate for increased commercial uses.  This following map identifies areas around the county that may be able to handle more commercial activity.  It recommends a maximum amount of new zoning acreage within the time between comprehensive plan updates.


Commercial Areas Map 

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