Mixed Uses and Walkability - A National Perspective
A Study of Land Use, Transportation, Air Quality, and Health (LUTAQH)
in King County, WA Executive Summary, Lawrence Frank and Company,
New Castle County Legislation
The county posts all council resolutions/ordinances online. Click
here to view ones sponsored by Bob Weiner.
Click here to search all council resolutions/ordinances.
Hometown Overlay Zoning Ordinance and
Level of Service Monitoring & Mitigation Agreement Ordinance
I represent county governments and communities as a spokesman on land use, growth management and smart growth via my leadership positions with the National Association of Counties. My areas of interest in my law practice include land use and transportation.
Here are two legislative tools that may be of interest. I spearheaded and sponsored the New Castle County Hometown Overlay Zoning Ordinance. It is an economic development/historic preservation tool that provides community endorsed density, certainty of approval, fast track through the approval process while providing the community with protection via the community’s adopted design guidelines. Developers love it. It facilitates traffic congestion management. In the Claymont Renaissance, the developer gets “by right” compact mixed use commercial/office/residential and government and the community support throughout the process is assured. A town planner or architect is often retained part time on a permanently basis to assure that modifications are always consistent with the guidelines. See www.claymontrenaissance.org and essays above. Also see my Level of Service Monitoring and Mitigation Agreement Ordinance. Employment centers mandate employees not drive during peak hour travel using the tools available in the Level of Service Monitoring and Mitigation Agreement. Astra Zeneca shifted almost 40% of its employees out of peak hour single occupancy vehicles utilizing these strategies. In short, it works very well.
PODS and Dumpsters
On Tuesday, May 22, 2007, New Castle County Council unanimously approved legislation that would strengthen regulation of the use of dumpsters and PODS® on commercial and residential properties. Councilman Weiner spearheaded and sponsored Ordinances 2007-047 and 2007-048 which create minimum standards for the use of dumpsters and portable temporary storage units or PODS® on commercial and residential properties.
Ordinance 05-22 was sponsored by Councilman Bob Weiner and was
unanimously by New County Council on April 12, 2005. This ordinance
some definitions, creates a new date by which candidates must file
STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL INTERESTS, provides authority for the Ethics
Commission to impose a $10.00 per day fine for failure to file
filing of a STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL INTERESTS, clarifies the Commission's
jurisdiction over persons who have left office, adds the SANCTION
recommedation of prohibition on future employment for serious or
Ethics Code violations, mandates publication of names of violators
serious or repeated Ethics Code violation is found, creates a CRIMINAL
PENALTY for knowingly or wilfully interfering with a Commission
investigation, and provides authority to the Commission to impose
of investigation when a complaint of removal from position or prohibition
future employment is made. View ORDINANCE
Councilman Weiner also sponsored and received unanimous
support for Ordinance 04-86 which
was enacted on 8/24/2004. This ordinance broadened the definition
immediate family" to include spouse, children whether by blood
of law, parent, step-parent, spouse's parent or child, or sibling
whole or half blood.
1996, Bob Weiner crafted County-wide legislation that for the
first time provided New Castle County citizens with the right
notice of the proposed placement of telecommunications towers
community and also the power to object to the placement of these
based upon specific lawful criteria. Click here to view the current County
Unified Development Code section as it
relates to communication towers regulation.
National Association of Counties - Adopted Resolutions With Nationwide Impact Sponsored And Spearheaded By Councilman Bob Weiner
2007 - Resolution urging Congress and the Administration to Take Practical Actions to Reduce the Risks of Global Warming
2005 - Here are the 4 resolutions adopted by the Energy, Environment and Land Use Steering Committee at our National Association of Counties Legislative Conference in Washington, DC in March 2005.