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Pleases contact the Secretary if you cannot find the information you need, if links are not working, or information is outdated.

Trustee Referendum: voting deadline 9/27

Carol Larson is the choice of the Arden Trustees to replace senior trustee Mike Curtis upon his retirement. This choice must be confirmed by a majority of all eligible voters through a referendum. Ballots were mailed Aug. 30 to eligible voters (18 years or older; at least 6 months residency). If you are eligible to vote and have not received your ballot, or if you have misplaced your ballot, please contact the Registration Committee. Please remember to fill in your name and signature on the return envelope; this is how we verify that each voter is an eligible voter and has voted only once. Ballots returned in unsigned envelopes cannot be counted; they are invalid. Ballots are separated from the return envelopes before they are unfolded and counted; this is a secret ballot. Ballots must be returned by 7:30pm, Thursday, Sept. 27, when they will be counted at the Buzz Ware Village Center. The public is invited to attend the vote count.

2 More Assessor Nominees Wanted

Put your name in! We need 14 residents of the Village of Arden to be on the Assessor ballot. Seven of the 14 nominees will be elected. As of 11am, Friday, September 21, we have 12 nominees: Brooke Bovard, Marianne Cinaglia, Dave Claney, Carol DiGiovanni, Chris Junk, Michelle Lauer, Mike Opelka, Pam Politis, Warren Rosencranz, Elizabeth Varley, Larry Walker, and Tom Wheeler. Click here to learn more about nominating yourself to serve as an assessor 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.