Local Government Training

Delaware Planning Education Program

Certificate Program and Course Costs | Course Topics and Descriptions | List of Current Courses

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photo of in-class sessionIntroduction

Delaware’s municipalities are increasingly being asked to focus much of their attention on the state’s expected new growth and development. Municipalities must make difficult decisions that can have long-lasting impacts on the community’s character, economy, and quality. The Delaware Planning Education Program is a voluntary certificate program comprising an organized series of educational courses designed to meet the responsibilities of municipalities as partners in planning Delaware’s future. The program is offered in partnership with the Office of State Planning Coordination and the Delaware Chapter of the American Planning Association.

The program format includes regularly scheduled training with a group of core courses offered every year and a menu of “electives” offered periodically. Some training topics include:

  • what is a comprehensive plan and why it is important; the legal context for planning in Delaware;
  • the roles and responsibilities of those involved in the process; and the components of a comprehensive plan
  • the variety of tools available to local governments to deal with land use and growth issues
  • understanding the community’s historic pattern of development and the importance of design in the mix of local controls
Register for Planning Education courses online

Highlight on a Recent Programphoto of flood ready training program

The Creating a Flood Ready Community course, developed in partnership with the Delaware Coastal Management Program, Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve’s Coastal Training Program, Delaware Sea Grant and DNREC’s Flood Mitigation Program, reviewed the multiple sources of flood risks to Delaware’s communities and presented ways they can be addressed and mitigated through practical community planning, codes, and ordinances. Presentations and materials from the course are available on the DNREC website for the 2014 and 2016 courses.

For more information, contact contact Sean O'Neill (302-831-8926) or Martin Wollaston.