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. Pleases contact the Secretary if you cannot find the information you need, if links are not working, or information is outdated.

Carol Larson confirmed as Arden Trustee

Thank you to the 231 voters who returned their ballots in the referendum to confirm a new trustee. That amounts to 56% participation. With 341 eligible voters (residents) on the night of the vote count, 171 votes were needed to pass the referendum. Carol Larson was confirmed on Thursday night, Sept. 27, receiving 192 “yes” votes and 39 “no” — 56% approval of all residents and 83% approval of those who voted.

After the vote count, senior trustee Mike Curtis joyfully handed his resignation to the remaining trustees and retired. The three trustees of the Arden Trust are now: Carl Falco, Elizabeth Varley and Carol Larson.

Assessor Nominees

The following 15 residents of Arden are nominees for Assessor: Brooke Bovard, Marianne Cinaglia, Chris Junk, Michelle Lauer, John Martin, Mike Opelka, Pam Politis, Grace Ressler, Deborah Ricard, John Scheflen, Elizabeth Varley, Larry Walker,  Laura Wallace, Tom Wheeler, and Mark Wood. Only 7 of the 15 will be elected later this fall.
Click here for the latest candidate statements.
Click here to learn more about the Arden Board of Assessors for the Village of Arden.

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.