Comprehensive Plan



The Create Wilmington Comprehensive Plan is a series of five documents that make up the complete “box set.” The five components are: Growth Factors Report, Foundations Report, Policies, Growth Strategies Maps, and Growth Strategies Report. All five pieces work together to help Wilmington realize appropriate change, growth, and preservation. The plan was adopted by City Council on March 1, 2016 with an effective date of May 1, 2016.



Wilmington’s population is expected to continue to grow over the next 25 years. Wilmington can be a safe, healthy place to live with a high quality of life by focusing on infill and redevelopment, job growth, and housing options. Wilmington’s opportunities for growing outward are severely limited. Over the next 25 years, Wilmington should focus on growing inward and upward, integrating land uses to reduce traffic congestion and improve housing, working, and shopping options. A more densely developed, walkable city can be achieved while maintaining the integrity and desired character of the city’s neighborhoods.



The policies are the next component of the Create Wilmington Comprehensive Plan. There are eleven elements included in the draft policies document: Development & City Building, Transportation, Housing, Parks, Recreation, & Open Space, Economic Development, Environment & Natural Resources, Arts & Culture, Community Facilities & Services, Urban Design & Placemaking, Downtown Wilmington, and Historic Preservation. A joint work session with the plan Steering Committee, City Council, and the Planning Commission will be held in September to review the final draft of the document. Please take some time to review the draft.


Growth Strategies Maps and Report

The draft Growth Strategies Maps are the third component of the Create Wilmington Comprehensive Plan. The maps provide a framework based on how the city exists today and ways in which it should grow and change in the future. The maps are structured around five main components: Mixed-use Centers, Areas of Opportunity, Corridors & Complete Streets, Transit that Works, and Open Spaces & Green Connections. All of these components will work in concert with each other to form a cohesive guide for future growth. The Growth Strategies Report is a companion document to the maps that explains the maps in greater detail. Both the maps and the report supplement the policies document.


Growth Factors Report

Growth Factors Report is a look at the things that helped Wilmington become what it is today, along with future growth projections, and an analysis of the built environment.




Foundations Report

The Foundations Report is a summary of the public input process and the feedback that was collected during the “active listening” phase of the comprehensive plan development.

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