The Arden Community Planning Committee plans the “physical and cultural future of the community.” It works to plan long- and short-term projects for the village in conjunction with other committees, the Trustees and residents. The committee also has a few non-planning responsibilities, including overseeing the Memorial Garden (cemetery), the G-Ardeners Community Garden (motion: 3/23/15) and implementing the Vacant Dwelling Ordinance 15.
This document gives details about what the Committee does. The policy was established January 2021 by the Town Assembly.
This is the official Committee description established by the Town Assembly in January 1968.
American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) New Round of Proposals!
We have about $45,000 more to spend and need to commit to spending it before the end of 2024! We have already approved funding $180,000 for four proposals in a Special Town Meeting on May 15, 2022, out of our allotted $219,925. Another round of proposals are being requested. The new deadline for submitting proposals is February 16, 2024. The proposals will be reviewed by the March Town Assembly. For more information about Arden and ARPA check out this link.
Arden Approves WILMAPCO 3-Ardens Transportation Plan at the June Town Meeting
The three villages of the Ardens worked with WILMAPCO and other partners to produce a transportation plan that creates a vision of a safer, more accessible future for walkers, bikers, transit users, and motorists. WILMAPCO and the Ardens Steering Committee presented the plan, “Connecting with the Ardens,” to all three Ardens in a joint meeting at the start of June’s Town Meeting. Each village voted to approve the plan. Go to wilmapco.org/ardens/ to find out more about the plan or contact the Community Planning Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Results of the Advisory Retreat– “What Does Arden Look Like in 20 Years?”
The Arden Advisory Committee hosted a retreat, on February 4, 2023, at the Buzz Ware Village Center titled, “What Does Arden Look Like in Twenty Years?” The goal for the retreat was “To begin to map out a path for the future for the Town on each of four topics discussed and gain insight into our collective goals”. It was facilitated with by Tricia Arndt, from the DE State Office of Planning.
The Community Planning Committee is now tasked with compiling and communicating the results of the retreat and working with other committees to further the list of prioritized goal(s) that came out of the retreat. This will be a focus for the CPC for this coming year.
The four topics chosen by a survey of the participants were:
- Community Involvement/Increasing Volunteerism & Social Engagement
- Environmental Stewardship and Climate Impact Management
- Aging in Place – Accommodating an Aging Population
- Historical preservation/awareness/how to assure Arden’s heritage in passed down.
Community Planning Committee Meetings
We hold regular Committee meetings at the Buzz Ware Village Center and/or via Zoom until further notice. A link to the meetings can be found below. The Committee usually holds their meetings on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 PM. No meeting is held in July or December.
Call-in number and link for visitors who want to join meetings is below. Call (302) 379-0234 for problems with connections. Thank you for your patience.
The 3rd Wednesday of every month except July at 7:30 p.m. at the Buzz Ware Village Center and/or over Zoom:
Meeting ID: 846 2220 7663
Other Informational Items
CPC Guidance Policy
The Community Planning Committee Guidance Policy was approved by Town Assembly on January 25, 2021. This document is intended to help clarify the Committee’s duties. Email email@example.com to comment.
Conflict of Interest Policy
Freedom of Information Act Guidelines
National Flood Insurance Program
Resolution for the National Flood Insurance Program was voted on at the January 27, 2014 town meeting.
Vacant Dwellings Ordinance
Long Range Planning Long Range Plan for the Communal Grounds of the Ardens April 29, 1997
A dedicated group from the Community Planning Committee worked on this plan to make the best use of our environment, to address all land use needs, and to honor Arden’s Natural Heritage.
Meeting minutes are posted after revisions and the approval by a quorum of the Committee.
January Special Meeting | January | February | no March meeting | no April meeting | June Transformation ad-hoc subcommittee | May | Bamboo Informational Session | June | July |no August Meeting | September | no October Meeting | November | December |
Email the Committee directly at Planning@arden.delaware.gov or use the Contact Page of the Village of Arden, Delaware website.