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Countywide Comprehensive Plan

Delaware County 2035 is a Comprehensive Policy Framework Plan for the County that establishes an overall vision for the future of the County through the year 2035. It also sets policies for development, redevelopment, conservation, and economic initiatives. The Plan provides the County’s 49 municipalities with a framework for the strategic use of public resources to improve the quality of life for all its residents. Delaware County Planning Department’s first priority has been to develop a policy framework, which, in accordance with the Municipalities Planning Code (MPC), “establishes objectives of the municipality concerning its future development, including, but not limited to, the location, character, and timing of future developments.”

Delaware County 2035 consists of a central, Land Use Policy Framework Plan and a number of related, interconnected, but more detailed component plans. Some of these component plans – addressing additional planning-related elements within the County – have already been developed, such as the County Bicycle Plan, others are currently underway, including the County Open Space Plan and more will be developed subsequent to this document, but all will use the same framework and build off of the Land Use policies laid out in the Framework Plan. These plans are all informed by individual municipal comprehensive planning efforts.

The Delaware County 2035 Land Use Framework Plan was adopted on November 27, 2013 after revisions based on feedback from the public comment period, the public meeting on May 16, 2013, and a public hearing on October 10, 2013. Delaware County Planning Department staff is available to present the content of and uses for Delaware County 2035 to your organization.

The unique nature of Delaware County 2035 allows for optimal viewing online. Please click here to access a copy of the plan, and use the helpful links throughout the document to connect to additional resources and information.

Questions and feedback about the Comprehensive Plan can be directed to Justin Dula, AICP, Manager, County & Regional Planning, at or 610-891-5219.

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