This is the official government website of the Village of Arden, Delaware.

The Village of Arden is a utopian, single-tax community noted for its arts, crafts, and theater. It has a town-meeting form of government. Half the land is forests and greens, which are not taxed. A "Tree City USA", our tree canopy is 73%. Founded in 1900, the village is on the National Register of Historic Places. Arden is one of three villages known as The Ardens: Arden, Ardentown, and Ardencroft. Each has a separate government. Dwellings are owned by individuals or non-profits but the land is owned by the Arden Trust. Taxes for the village, local schools, and the county are assessed based on each leasehold's square footage of land.

Town Meeting Minutes

Read what went on at recent Town Meetings. The minutes of the September, 2014 meeting ARE NOW AVAILABLE HERE, and hard copies ARE available in the Arden Library and the town office.

If you would like the minutes delivered to you as soon as they are first drafted, please call the town secretary at 302 475-3516.

Next Regular Town Meeting: Monday, January 26, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. at Gild Hall.

Office Hours

1st & 3rd Wednesdays,
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Buzz Ware Village Center
2119 The Highway
Arden, DE 19810

Committee Members

Click here to see who serves on what committee. This list changes every 4th Monday in March, when elections are held at the town meeting for officers and committee members.

Meeting Times, Agendas

In 2014, we hope to more faithfully post meeting times and minutes on this website. Here's what we've done so far:

Arden Library On-Line Catalog

Alton Dahl, with help from his son, Erik, and from Larry Strange, have created an on-line catalog for the Arden Library. Give it a try!

Instructions: Click here to enter the library catalog. Then click on the "Guest Account" button and then on the "Login" button. There is no need to enter an Account Name or Password. If you have problems, please contact Alton Dahl.

Permits, Reservations, Forms

Right of Way Permits
(required of all those working on Village of Arden rights of way, including county workers and utility companies).

Reserve a Room at the Buzz Ware Village Center

Reserve the Field Theater, Sherwood Green, Arden Green, or Indian Circle

Reserve Gild Hall (The Arden Club is a separate entity from the Village of Arden.)

Arden Vacant Property Registration and Fees.

Open Government. Click here to see the State of Delaware's summary of its Open Government laws, including a FOIA request form.

Meeting Times?

See the calendar!

Village Finances, Vouchers

Forms to use for deposits and requests for payment, financial reports, Vacant Dwelling application form, and more.

Buzz Ware Village Center:

Budget Referendum, Assessors Ballots must be returned by 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

Ballots will be mailed to all eligible voters in Arden on Monday, October 13. To be valid, the return envelopes must have your signature and your printed name in the upper left. Ballots will be counted at the Buzz Ware Village Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4. Click here to see the Elections / Registration Committee page.

Assessor Statements

Click here to see short statements by those nominated for Assessor.

Conflict of Interest Policy

Click here to see the Conflict of Interest Policy adopted by the Town Assembly on September 22, 2014.

New Office Hours

1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 7:30–8:30 p.m., at the Buzz Ware Village Center town office.

Minutes of June Meeting of Town Assembly

June, 2014 Town Meeting Minutes (Unapproved Draft)

Public Discussion of Freedom of Information Act Guidelines for Arden Government

At 7:30 p.m. on September 17, 2014, please join the Community Planning Committee at the Buzz Ware Village Center to discuss how FOIA should be observed by Arden's municipal government. The CPC is creating guidelines to be presented at the September 22 meeting of the Town Assembly. Click here to see a draft of a FOIA checklist.

New Meeting Times for Forest Committee

3rd Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at The Buzz

Updated Recycling List

Monday is the single day for collection of all trash, recyclables and yard waste in all three Ardens. If Monday is a holiday, pickup is the following day. During weather emergencies, trash is picked up as soon as it is safe to do so. Click here to see what can be recycled and what goes into the trash instead. This list was updated in April, 2014.

Election Results, March, 2014

Election Results for Officers and Committee Members in the Village of Arden

List of All Committee Members

Forest Easement Agreement

Forest easement agreement for 2409 Woodland Lane

Flood Insurance

Resolution for the National Flood Insurance Program to be voted on at the January 27, 2014 town meeting.

History of The Buzz

Connee McKinney's 100-page history of the Buzz Ware Village Center written in 2004.

Election Results, November, 2013

Click here to see the Voting Results for Assessors Election and Budget Referendum of November, 2013. Participation was 68% of eligible voters. 175 approved the budget; 168 votes were needed. Assessors elected were in the following order: Brooke Bovard (convener), Denis O’Regan, Tom Wheeler, Gary Quinton, Bill Theis, Warren Rosenkranz, and Joe del Tufo.

Document Updates

Cecilia Vore occasionally updates How Arden Government Works and List of Arden Committee Members.

Financial Reports, Policies

Click here to see the financial reports, budget, and policies of the Village of Arden, Delaware.

2013 Audit Report

Click here to see the March 24, 2013 Financial Statements and Audit Report for the Village of Arden.

Ordinances

All 15 ordinances are available on this website The complete version of Ordinance 1 is not available, but a summary is.

Trustee Documents

Nine documents, including the Deed of Trust, were added to or updated on the Trustees' Page of this website in June, 2013.

Election Results, March, 2013

ACRA Website

Click here to see new website for ACRA: Arden Community Recreation Association.

Arden's Population, Roads: 439 people live in the Village of Arden as of the 2010 U.S. Census. We have 3.63 miles of paved roads. About 350 adult residents are eligible to vote at town meetings.

Fallen Limbs Not Rubbish. At 9:15 on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 Councilman John Cartier introduced our Forest Stewardship ordinance and it was unanimously approved by New Council County Council. Fallen limbs are no longer considered rubbish in The Ardens and cannot be ticketed by the county.

Articles:

The Arts & Crafts Community at Arden, Delaware: an article on the Old House Journal website. October, 2011

American Dreams: Life in the Ardens, an article by Dante Silicato of Ardencroft for Examiner.com. 9/19/2011

Officers and Committee Members: who serves and when their terms expire.

Town Charter: Click here to see our town charter on the State of Delaware website.

Arden, Delaware, has been a Single-Tax, Arts and Crafts, Garden-City Utopia since 1900.

The Village of Arden was founded in 1900 by sculptor Frank Stephens and architect Will Price, with financial help from Joseph Fels, the soap manufacturer. One of 17 land trusts founded between 1894 and 1950, Arden is based on the Single-Tax economic philosophy of Henry George. As a result, a person's house is not taxed, only the land it sits on. The land is owned in common and managed by three trustees. Inspired by the Garden-City Movement, half the land is woods and open space. Foot paths criss-cross the village.

Arden is known for its artists and also for its theater. Stages abound, including two at the Arden Club and one managed by the Village of Arden: the outdoor Field Theatre. In nearby Ardentown, you will find the New Candlelight Dinner Theatre. The entire community is registered as a Historic Place by the federal government, as are neighboring Ardentown (founded 1922) and Ardencroft (founded 1950). This history is preserved by the non-profit Arden Craft Shop Museum, which preserves the Village of Arden's Archives.

Arden in its early decades was the summer home of artists, musicians, theater people and social activists. In those times it had a summer camp atmosphere and the village still feels like a summer camp in many ways, all year long, in large part because of the activities scheduled at the Village of Arden's Buzz Ware Village Center. and by the non-profit cultural umbrella, The Arden Club and its many Gilds. Once a year, the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, the Arden Club hosts the Arden Fair. Also, every month, the Arden Community Recreation Association hosts a family event.

Explore the links to the left and right to learn about the current role of government in the Village of Arden.

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Town Charter

Click here to see our town charter on the State of Delaware website.

How Arden Works

A brief guide to how village government is organized, and all the work volunteer committees do to keep things running.

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