Here is my latest District 3 City of Newark update.
The development of the Dickinson Dorm property is on the agenda for the next Planning Commission Meeting on Tuesday, May 7th at 7 pm. [EDITED: Please note the 321 Hillside Road Project No. 18-06-04, scheduled for review by the Planning Commission at the May 7, 2019 meeting, has been postponed until the June 4, 2019 Planning Commission meeting at the applicant’s request.]
The Planning Commussion will review a Comprehensive Development Plan amendment and major subdivision with site plan approval for the property at 321 Hillside Road, location of the former University of Delaware John Dickinson Residence Hall Complex. The plan proposes demolition of the existing dormitories on the site, subdivision of the parcel into two lots, one of which will be maintained as open space, and construction of ten 4-story buildings containing 189 apartment units. (Action) [Revised April 26, 2019.] The developers are asking for changes to height requirements, parking (189 spaces versus the 378 required) and density.
NCC Budget Community Town Hall
New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer is hosting a Community Town Hall on Monday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Newark Free Library.
County Executive Matthew Meyer will summarize his proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Budget.
In addition, this will be an opportunity for residents to learn and ask questions about the proposed changes to credits municipalities receive from New Castle County for services municipalities provide.
If adopted during the NCC 2020 budget, these changes will increase County taxes for those living in municipalities in NCC–including Newark.
Learn more about the proposed Fiscal Year 2020 New Castle County budget at https://nccde.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1632
Don’t forget that you can stay up-to-date on DelDOT’s Main Street construction project at mainstreetimprovements.com.
There was a special City Council meeting on Monday, April 29th at which City staff presented a variety of parking suggestions. The suggestions included adding temporary parking and to install multi-space parking kiosks among other recommendations.
Some of the Key Takeaways
- Council did not support the idea of adding parking on Delaware Ave. Delaware Ave already has significant challenges with vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists competing for limited space.
- Council requested additional info on adding metered parking on Lovett, Center and Haines Streets.
- The expansion of Lot 1 (Main St Galleria) will be happening soon–before the most critical need between October 2019 to June 2020 when construction will be underway between Chapel Street and South College Avenue.
- The University of Delaware has a Nights and Weekends monthly parking pass available to the public for certain lots after 5pm on weekdays and on the weekends. UD also has a construction worker pass to help keep those vehicles out of the downtown public lots. I also made a request of UD to allow nights and weekends public parking in their Academy Street lot.
- The City presented a plan to introduce multi-space kiosk style parking. The idea is to replace the single-space meters in Lot 6 (Barnes and Noble) and use them for any temporary parking that is added. After that, the meters on Main St and the other City lots would be replaced as well. The response from Council was positive to move to multi-space kiosk meters. Staff will be coming back to Council with a proposal to purchase before June. The benefits of the multi-space kiosks include allowing the city to use dynamic rates (e.g. different parking zones, varying rates per time of day, etc.), improved data collection about downtown parking, less ongoing maintenance and replacement costs from our current meters, improved functionality and customer experience (e.g. customers could pay by phone app or even pay to extend their time at any kiosk).
- The current single-use meters have not been a success. They have higher maintenance and replacement costs than anticipated and will need to be replaced in the next few years.
- The Green Mansion hotel project that was recently approved by Council (for which I did not support the project’s Special Use permit to build a hotel) is going to acerbate the parking shortage during the height of construction.
Stay tuned for more news on the parking front. Staff will be coming back at the May 13th Council meeting with additional information.
Newark Futures Workshop
Strengthening Newark’s Nonprofit Sector
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Hosted by the UD Community Engagement Initiative, Institute for Public Administration, and The Newark Partnership, the workshop will provide a platform for nonprofits in Newark to come together and discuss assets, challenges, resources. Participants will have the opportunity to weigh in on how The Newark Partnership can best work to strengthen the nonprofit sector in Newark.
The workshop will immediately follow the celebratory reception for The Newark Partnership (TNP). Please indicate on your workshop RSVP that you will join TNP’s governing board and affiliates as we celebrate its new beginning with the local community.
Launch will occur from 5:30-6:30 p.m. with the workshop to immediately follow at 6:30 p.m.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Newark Community Sustainability Plan Steering Committee Meeting – May 6, 2019, 4:00 PM @ Council Chamber
County Town Hall Meetings hosted by County Executive Matthew Meyer – May 6, 2019, 6:30 PM
New Castle County residents are invited to join County Executive Matt Meyer and county leaders for a series of Community Town Halls this spring. During each Town Hall, County Executive Meyer will summarize his proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Budget and engage with residents about the local services they receive.
Landscape Screening and Treatment Ordinance Review Committee – May 7, 2019, 1:00 PM @ City Municipal Building – Library, Second Floor
Planning Commission Meeting – May 7, 2019, 7:00 PM @ Council Chamber
Newark Transportation Improvement District Committee Meeting – May 8, 2019, 1:30 PM @ Council Chamber
City Council Meeting – May 13, 2019, 7:00 PM @ Council Chambers
Conservation Advisory Commission Meeting – May 14, 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Council Chambers
Board of Adjustment Meeting – May 16, 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Council Chambers
Green Building Code Work Group Meeting – May 21, 2019, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM @ Council Chamber
City Council Meeting – May 28, 2019, 7:00 PM @ Council Chambers.Please note this meeting will be on Tuesday, May 28 due to the Memorial Day holiday.
May 9, 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Academy Building Lawn
May 16, 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Academy Building Lawn
National Day of Outdoor Play Photo Contest
May 18, 2019, All Day @ City of Newark Parks
The City of Newark Parks and Recreation Department wants to see how many families and friends enjoy our parks, in celebration of the National Park Trust 9th Annual Kids to Parks Day! Hashtag your photo #NewarkParksRec for a chance to win a Parks and Recreation gift card. We will accept entries until 11:59 PM on Sunday May 19. We will announce our winner (and share our top 5 favorite pictures) via social media, on Monday May 20. Happy Adventuring!
May 19, 2019, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ University of Delaware
Join the City of Newark at 1:00 PM, at Memorial Hall on the University of DE Green, for a ceremony honoring veterans of wars from all branches of the military. Following the ceremony, the Memorial Day Parade will begin at 2:00 PM.
May 23, 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Academy Building Lawn
Spring Concert Series – Mike Barry
May 30, 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Academy Building Lawn
UDon’t Need It is back for its 12th year. This environment-friendly program helps reduce waste and redirects reusable items to the community, while also saving the City local landfill fees.
Anyone is able to drop off goods. Students must present a valid student ID card and landlords must show proof of owning a Newark rental property. Residents can pay $10 per regular pick-up truck or car load of refuse, and $20 for truck or trailer.
Plus, shop for goods on two $10 SALE DAYS ON MAY 31 AND JUNE 6!
For a list of dates and times, and what items are accepted head over to the UDNI page: newarkde.gov/UDNI
As always, please reach out with any questions, comments or concerns.
With warm regards,