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Kent County Comprehensive Plan – Add your 2 Cents Now!

Kent County officials are beginning the process of updating the Kent County Comprehensive Plan.  A significant part of this process is collecting feedback from the public to evaluate current conditions in the county.

If you have a free moment, please take their survey (see link below). Feedback will aid their development of goals to include for the future of Kent County. The survey is comprised of 34 questions touching on various topics such as land use, transportation, the environment, economic development, etc.

There will be more information coming as they continue to work on the 2018 Comprehensive Plan, so stay tuned!

Follow the links below to add your thoughts now, to help shape the County and lend a voice to what is important to you and your business!


Survey: Kent County Comp Plan Survey Here


Facebook: Kent County Facebook Survey

Proposal Will Affect FEMA-Funded Construction Beyond 100-Year Floodplain

storm FEMA has proposed a rule that will require anyone using FEMA funds for new construction or to substantially improve existing structures to build two to three feet higher than the 100-year floodplain.

The regulations, proposed Monday, stem from an updated Floodplain Management Executive Order issued by President Obama in January 2015.

Other agencies, including HUD, are expected to issue their own FFRMS implementation regulations in the coming months.

E.O. 13690 created the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS) which requires a higher level of flood protection for federally funded projects to protect taxpayer investment in light of climate change and increasing flood risk. All federal agencies must update their regulations and policies to implement the FFRMS.

In response to NAHB efforts last spring, the FEMA proposal clarifies that the FFRMS only applies to “FEMA Federally Funded Projects,” defined as “actions where FEMA funds are used for new construction, substantial improvement, or to address substantial damage to structures or facilities.”

FEMA has also made it clear that the new standard does not apply to the non-grant components of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), meaning it does not apply to the availability or cost of flood insurance policies. Also, the proposed rule does not have any effect on NFIP flood insurance maps.

However, post-disaster assistance for new construction or substantial improvement funded through FEMA assistance programs, including the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and the Flood Mitigation Assistance Program, will likely be required to comply with the FFRMS and build to the higher standard.

FEMA’s proposed rule is open for public comment until October 21, 2016. For more information,  contact Environmental Policy Program Director Owen McDonough at 202-266-8662 or Federal Legislative Director Billie Kaumaya at 202-266-8570.

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Join Us for the 6th Annual Cigars and Scotch

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Contact: Colleen Ostafy
Noble’s Pond
13 Noble’s Pond Crossing
Dover, DE 19904
Office: 302.736.5000
Mobile: 302.650.7088
Fax: 302.736.5290


Noble’s Pond and USO Delaware have teamed up and invite residents, relatives and friends and, in fact, anyone who applauds the benefits the USO provides America’s service men and women to a special event. To be held at the Noble’s Pond Clubhouse on Saturday, September 10th, it’s sure to make a momentous splash as the idea is for folks to slip on their bathing suits, crash through the event banner and do one’s splashiest cannonball to help us “Stuff The Pool.” The entire day is dedicated to raising funds in support of all the good works the USO does for our men and women in uniform. So the more willing to take the plunge, the merrier. Notably, Senator Dave Lawson will be on hand to provide perspective on the importance of USO Delaware. It promises to be an informative celebration filled with live music, fun-foods and exciting flag-waving events. More importantly, it will give attendees an opportunity to learn about the many programs, benefits and facilities the USO provides to all those who serve and to their families. Not a pool person? Not to worry. All landlubbers are welcome to lend their support poolside…as well as feel free to chuckle at those who chose to go Speedo.

Of course, Noble’s Pond is especially proud to support USO Delaware and all it does. Coming into being during the Persian Gulf Conflict in 1991, its vision is to better serve the nearly 85,000 military members and their families who move through Dover Air Force Base. It also serves the 436th Active Duty Wing, the 512th Reserve Wing and the Delaware National Guard Team. Providing space available travel for retired military veterans, it also maintains facilities that see to the needs of our service men and women, such as the USO Delaware Center. Amenities there include a theater room, a free internet café, private living areas, shower facilities, a gaming area, and a kitchen offering free snacks and microwave meals.  USO Volunteers, of course, are always on hand to provide travelers assistance and referral services. In addition, USO Delaware provides for services at the Charles C. Carson Mortuary, a beautiful facility with similar amenities that brings much needed stress relief for the Silent Heroes who support this solemn mission.  It is the USO’s profound honor to serve every conceivable need they may encounter during their daunting mission of bringing home our Fallen Heroes.

USO Delaware is not a DOD/Government agency and depends on dedicated volunteers who give their time, talents and services and on private citizens, companies and corporations to financially support its commitment to our service members and families.
All are invited to help Stuff The Pool and to show those who put their lives on the line to keep us safe that we’re behind them all the way. Festivities begin at 3:30 at The Point, the Noble’s Pond clubhouse. Donations will be accepted at the event and all proceeds benefit USO Delaware.

Noble’s Pond is an amenity rich, active adult community, filled with yesterday’s charm but created for today’s active lifestyles. Located just minutes from downtown Dover, Delaware, the community offers unique and flexible floorplans, a breathtaking clubhouse with outdoor pool, kitchen, bocce courts, putting green, nature trails and a community garden, all situated amid the serene surroundings of Noble’s Pond. The Noble’s Pond Welcome Center, Clubhouse and Model Homes are open Monday through Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday Noon to 5pm. For more information call 1.888.222.0030 or visit www.noblespondhomes.com.

Press is cordially invited to attend.

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Becker Morgan Group Wins Brick in Architecture Design Award

Becker Morgan

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                    Date: August 10, 2016

Contact: Elaina C. Thomas
Becker Morgan Group, Inc.
(410) 546-9100

Becker Morgan Group Wins Brick in Architecture Design Award

Becker Morgan Group was honored with a 2016 Brick in Architecture Bronze Award for the William F. Cooke, Jr. Elementary School in the Educational K-12 category from the Brick Industry Association (BIA). The Brick in Architecture Design Awards recognize “the country’s most visionary projects” that incorporate fired-clay brick. “These winners demonstrate the best of brick’s aesthetic flexibility, and as a material made from abundant natural resources, it’s a perfect strategy in sustainable design,” said Ray Leonhard, BIA’s president and CEO.  “We’re honored to have a project recognized in one of the country’s most prestigious architectural award programs” said Brad A. Hastings, AIA, LEED AP of Becker Morgan Group.

The 600 student William F. Cooke, Jr. Elementary School is Red Clay Consolidated School District’s first new school in over 10 years. The design was developed through an intense collaboration with the District’s Design Committee composed of teachers, staff, and public participants. A design charrette was held with students whose ideas were taken to the committee for inclusion. The design intent for the new William F. Cooke, Jr. Elementary School was to create a welcoming and vibrant community school that would inspire students and community alike and create opportunities to learn both inside and outside the classroom. The use of brick in conjunction with metal panels provides an exterior aesthetic which is colorful, timeless, and sustainable. Brick also allowed the designers to carry exterior materials into the building’s interior spaces to draw the aesthetic together while providing a high performing material requiring minimal finishing and maintenance. The brick utilized provides a sophisticated, timeless feel while meeting all the aesthetic, maintenance, and sustainability requirements put forth by the owner.

Becker Morgan Group provides Architecture & Engineering services with offices in Delaware, Maryland, and North Carolina. For more information, visit http://www.beckermorgan.com.



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The Associates Council 2016 Summer Softball Tournament was held August 17th at Lums Pond with about 50 people in attendance. It was hot but with a nice breeze.





It looked to be a good match up between the Associates and the Builders,  but in the end the Associates won with we believe was a 10-3 victory. (There was some debate over the final score). Congratulations to the Associates Team!



After the game, everyone cooled off under the pavilion with some cold refreshments and good food. Thank you to Dee, from Excel, who was there with her mango ice’s that really were refreshing on such a hot day. Thank you to our sponsors: McKee Builders, Pro Build, RCI Printing & Graphics, and WatershedEco. A big shout out to our grill master, Jim Wright and his assistant Mike Easton.


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LAST CALL: City of Newark Looking for Residents to Volunteer to be on the Board of Building, Fire, Property Maintenance and Sidewalk Appeals!

Are you a resident of the City of Newark? Would you like to volunteer in your community? The City of Newark is recruiting applicants for its newly formed Board of Building, Fire, Property Maintenance and Sidewalk Appeals. This board has five open member positions and two open alternate positions. Initial terms will be staggered between one and five years; all subsequent terms will be for five years. This board is expected to meet one to three times per year as needed to hear filed appeals of City decisions regarding Chapters 7 (Building), 14 (Fire), 17 (Property Maintenance) and 26, Article III (Sidewalks) of the Code of the City of Newark, Delaware. All applicants must be residents of the City of Newark and must meet at least one of the following professional qualifications: licensed professional engineer or architect; or a builder or superintendent of building construction with at least ten years of experience, five of which shall have been in responsible charge of work. For more information or to get an application, please visit http://cityofnewarkde.us/index.aspx?nid=113 or contact Renee Bensley, Director of Legislative Services/City Secretary, at rbensley@newark.de.us or 302-366-7000 x1001

Land Protection Act Bill Signed by Governor Markell

The Home Builders Association of Delaware is proud to have been part of the working group that helped shape the Delaware Land Protection Act legislation, which was passed by the General Assembly in June and signed into law by Governor Markell on August 3, 2016.

The Bill, HS 1 for HB 262, removed the requirement that open space lands be considered in the decision process in County comprehensive plans, and it removed the involuntary mapping of private and public lands suitable to remain open space.  Nevertheless it contains provisions and a process for the Delaware Open Spaced Council to consider applications for lands to be designated as such.

Information about the process and a copy of the bill are available here: Click here for HS 1 of HB 262


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  • NLRB Overturns Browning-Ferris Decision; Reinstates Prior Joint Employer Standard December 15, 2017
    In a victory for NAHB and the small business community, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) voted on Dec. 14 to overturn its 2015 ruling in the case of Browning-Ferris Industries. Yesterday's 3-2 vote effectively overturns an Obama-era decision that radically expanded the traditional definition for joint employer status.
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    Housing affordability continues to be a priority for housing experts not just in the United States, but worldwide, said participants at the 2017 Interim Meeting of the International Housing Association held in Tokyo last month.
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