Comprehensive Plan

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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.



The Overview is a stand alone booklet that summarizes the key plan elements, key points and plan themes found throughout the five parts of the plan. The Overview also provides suggestions on how to use the Plan.





Policies are the core document of the plan. They are preferred practices and priorities surrounding physical development, quality of life, and livability of the city. The intent of these policies is to guide and complement the work of all city departments and actions of the City Council and the city’s development partners.



Growth Strategies Maps and Report

The series of maps depicts preferred growth patterns and displays how future development could affect the city in unique ways. Five individual maps describe different features and combine to form a single composite growth map. These are intended to provide a framework for future growth rather than a parcel-specific “future land use” map.

Interactive web maps are also available.

This report looks forward and works with the Growth Strategies Maps to describe how future development could affect the city in unique ways. A series of bold visions are presented throughout the report that emerged from the community input process and are worthy of consideration for future growth.


Growth Factors Report

This document is a snapshot of what Wilmington looks like today and tells the story of how the city has evolved over time. It provides the context, or “starting point,” from which the community has moved forward to create a shared vision for the future.




Foundations Report

The Foundations Report serves as a guide to the community input received from residents, students, professionals, and organizations throughout the listening phase of the plan. This helps form the basis of the Policies and Growth Strategies Maps.

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