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Recent Ordinances in New Castle County

New Castle County Council approved February 2, 2015 Ordinance 14-117 which requires registration and annual fees for vacant properties.

This ordinance was introduced last November in an effort by the County to try to clean up the proliferation of vacant properties in the County, especially when the owner is long gone, or is in foreclosure or whatever the case; but the property is neglected, becomes an eyesore and attracts nuisances.

We understand and support the need for the ordinance.  In order to protect builder’s model homes which are not lived in by nature, but certainly are kept up, a clause was added to reflect that model homes are not considered vacant and thus are not required to be registered.

The requirements of this ordinance will take effect the beginning of April 2015.

A copy of the ordinance can be found here: (insert sub 2 14-117 final or put a link into this at a dropbox)

Approved in early December 2014 was Ordinance 14-109, to establish the creation of a Traditional Neighborhood Housing Program.

As we have previously reported, this was prepared and approved by NCC Council to replace the original workforce housing ordinance.  The new ordinance generally requires the inclusion of Moderately Priced Dwelling Units in all residential rezonings and and further provides a density bonus if they are included in subdivision plans not involving a rezoning.

The ordinance also requires that the MPDUs are priced to be affordable to moderate income buyers.

There are many other aspects to this ordinance too numerous to mention.  The County recently released program documentation and guides for program involvement.  You can view them here:

Sub 2 – 14-117

NCC – 1Q 2015 Max Price Chart

NCC County Rehabilitation Standards

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