UD Continues Complete Communities Project


Over the next several months the City of Milford and the Institute for Public Administration (IPA) at the University of Delaware are partnering in a project that will formulate a framework for Complete Communities in Delaware. This research will take a look at the town of Milford and build a framework that includes planning and economic development, transportation planning and policy, healthy communities initiatives and local government training. Officials at the University of Delaware plan to use this developed framework for assisting communities across the state of Delaware as they begin to plan for the future of their own municipalities.

Local stakeholders chosen by the University of Delaware’s Institute for Public Policy for the Complete Communities Project will meet for the second of three workshops at Milford City Hall on Tuesday, May 15. Community leaders from city and state government, large and small employers, faith-based and non-profit organizations, school district officials, and community activists will come together to complete a Visual Preference Survey (VPS), administered by the Institute for Public Administration (IPA) at the University of Delaware .

A VPS is a tool that is useful at assessing the public’s perspective on images of natural and built environments. The process involves asking participants to view and rate a wide variety of images depicting streetscapes, land use, site design, building type, aesthetics and amenities. The intent of the survey is to gauge general opinions of respondents, inform the planning process and better define the vision of the Milford community. This survey will also be available to Milford citizens from May 15 – July 10 in an online format at the following address: http://sites.udel.edu/completecommunities/pilots/milford/workshops/

The Complete Communities project will look at transportation planning, land use planning and community design to evaluate community livability and sustainability. A group of community stakeholders have be chosen by the University to help facilitate discussions in these areas through monthly workshops. By looking at issues such as efficient land use, transportation equity, greater livability and environmental resources, stakeholders will assist the Institute for Public Administration in determining what principles, planning practices, incentives design strategies and public policies support Complete Communities. These ideas will be used to develop a larger framework for state planning purposes and a model for future development in municipalities across the state of Delaware.

The Complete Communities stakeholders for the town of Milford include Archie Campbell, Daniel Marabello, Charles Rini, Gary Emory, Gary Norris, Jim Purcell, Sen. Gary Simpson, Sharon Kanter, George Carroll, Lee Nelson, Sara Kate Hammer, Sher Valenzuela, Craig Crouch, Randy Marvel, Jo Schmeiser, Richard Carmean, Ronnie Rogers, Dave Kenton, Lt. Edward Huey, Joseph Tauber, Karen R. Lloyd, Bryan Shupe, Bob Connelly, Connie Holland, David Edgell, Jeanel Starling, Bobbie Geier, Rep. Harvey Kenton and David Markowitz.

To view more information about the Milford workshops on the Planning for Complete Communities, individuals are urged to visit their website at http://sites.udel.edu/completecommunities/. To participate in the Visual Preference Survey for the town of Milford being held online, May 15 through July 10, visit http://sites.udel.edu/completecommunities/pilots/milford/workshops/.