Welcome to the Village of Arden, Delaware, USA

This is the government website of the Village of Arden.

Here you can access the major governing documents of the Village, ordinances, minutes of Town Meetings, information about the Standing Committees, government contacts, permits, voting information and election records, and more. The site is maintained by the Town Secretary. Please contact the Secretary if you cannot find the information you need, if links are not working, or information is outdated.

Budget Referendum & Assessors Election Results

The Registration Committee concluded the annual Budget Referendum and the election of the Arden Board of Assessors with the vote count on Tuesday night, Nov. 5.

All items on the budget were approved.

The following residents were elected to the Board of Assessors in this order: Pam Politis (convener), Elizabeth Varley, Mark Wood, John Scheflen, Brooke Bovard, Tom Wheeler and Deborah Ricard.

The vote count was conducted by Elizabeth Varley, chief elector, and committee members Barbara Macklem, Mary Murphy, Marcia Scheflen and Cecilia Vore. Many thanks to Roger Garrison, Barbara Henry, Zachary Houck, Carol Larson, Jeff Politis, Beth Stevenson, Larry Walker, Jan Westerhouse, and Mark Wood, for assistance with the vote count.

Click here for a summary of the election results.  Detailed results of the Budget Referendum (including all approved budget figures, not just disapprovals) is posted at the bottom of the Registration Committee’s Election Procedures & Records Page and on the Budget Committee webpage.

Click here for more information about Arden elections.
What does the Registration Committee do and how do we do it? Click here for answers.

Non-Discrimination Policy

In September, 2016, we presented and approved a non-discrimination policy.  At that time, a request was made to include “sex” in that policy.  The officers agree with that addition and the updated policy now reads:

The Village of Arden does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, residents, and visitors. The Village of Arden is an equal opportunity employer.

About the Village of Arden, Delaware

The Village of Arden was founded in 1900 as a Single Tax community based on the economic philosophy of Henry George, as well as the Arts and Crafts movement of William Morris and the Garden City movement of Ebenezer Howard. It is still noted for its arts, crafts, music, and theater. Half the land is forests and greens, which are not taxed. As a “Tree City USA,” our tree canopy is 73%. The Village is on the National Register of Historic Places.

With around 250 households and 500 residents, Arden is the oldest and largest of the three villages known as The Ardens: Arden, Ardentown, and Ardencroft. The communal land in each village, such as the woods and greens, is owned by each municipality while the land leased out for dwellings is owned by a trust; that is, people own their houses but pay rent on their leaseholds in the form of taxes. Those taxes — land rent — cover village, county, and local school expenses and are assessed on the square footage of each leasehold. Each village has a separate municipal government.

The Village of Arden has a town-meeting form of government, defined in the Act to Reincorporate of July 29, 1996.
For more about the history of the three Ardens, visit the Arden Craftshop Museum.
For a brief description of Arden government see “Arden: Here’s How It Works.”

If you use the printed Village of Arden Handbook as a reference to Arden government, click here to go to the Red Book Interactive Table of Contents for links to updates on every item in the Handbook. All the content of the Red Book, published in 1996, is on this website. Updates are now entered on the website.