Department of Planning Services
Sarah E. Keifer, AICP - Director
555 Bay Rd Dover, DE 19901
(302) 744-2471 / Fax: (302) 736-2128
Office Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm Mon.-Fri.
Planning & Zoning
Inspections & Enforcement
GIS - Mapping
The Department of Planning Services with overall management and administration of the divisions/sections of Planning, Inspections & Enforcement, Geographic Information Systems, Zoning Inspections, Manufactured Housing and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and provide guidance, direction and code compliance review services for land-use planning and development activities and all other services.
Manage the Planning Services divisions/sections regarding budget, personnel and administrative policies and ensure departmental adherence to all Levy Court policies, programs and procedures.
Provide Kent County customers prompt accurate and courteous responses. The Department of Planning Services is a repository for a variety of land-use and property data with regular and frequent interaction with the public and is an integral part of the Kent County customer service team.
The Planning division is responsible for the development of the Kent County Comprehensive Plan and, administration of the Zoning and Land Subdivision ordinances and the Community Development Block Grant Program. This division includes Planning and Housing and Community Development.
The Planning Division provides customer assistance, zoning administration, analysis, processing and reporting on a variety of land development applications and proposals. A major focus of the Planning Division involves the development and implementation of a comprehensive planning program for Kent County. The Planning division manages a variety of planning activities including current planning, special area studies, tracking population trends and data related information.
The Planning Division serves as staff to the Board of Adjustment (BOA), Regional Planning Commission (RPC) and Levy Court.
The Inspections & Enforcement Division provides responsive, effective and thorough enforcement of the Kent County Zoning Ordinance and related property maintenance codes through on-site inspection services to protect the public health, safety and welfare of County residents. It informs citizens of the purpose and intent of zoning regulations as they relate to achieving high-quality living environments for all the citizens of Kent County. It also ensures that all conditions of approval for site development projects as articulated by the Regional Planning Commission and Levy Court are adhered to through the construction process.
The Geographic Information Systems section manages property mapping, property addressing and everyday Geographic Information Systems (GIS) requests for the County and general public.
The GIS division provides computer-generated maps regarding parcels, aerial photography, tax records and othe geo-referenced information to Kent County officials and the general public and is responsible for implementation of te management plan for this data.
The GIS section is responsible for managing all County GIS data and ensuring the data is easily available to both internal and external customers.
The Department of Housing and Community Development seeks to improve the quality of life of low-to-moderate income persons through the administration of various housing and community development programs.
Housing assistance is provided in the form of grants and low-interest loans for the repair of owner-occupied houses and manufactured housing. Additionally, low-interest loan assistance is made available to landlords for the repair of tenant-occupied houses. READ MORE...