Transportation Improvement District Committee
Proposed City Of Newark Transportation Improvement District (TID)
The City of Newark adopted the Comprehensive Development Plan V in September 2016. Among the Plan’s purposes was to establish a shared vision for the future by looking at the “big picture” and how it relates to regional trends as well as to the community’s “sense of place.” By adopting a series of goals and strategies that guide the City in its daily decisions, the Plan provides a basis for coordinating the actions of the City government with other local government agencies.
The Plan included dozens of recommendations in several topics. Chapter 6 was dedicated to Transportation and included the Action Item: Work with DelDOT to establish an area in Newark’s downtown core to create a Transportation Improvement District (TID). A TID is defined in DelDOT’s Standards and Regulations for Subdivision Streets and State Highway Access as a “geographic area defined for the purpose of securing required improvements to transportation facilities in that area” by comprehensively coordinating, with transportation-planning partners, land-use and transportation decisions.
TIDs are created through an agreement by the local government, DelDOT, and WILMAPCO. The agreement would establish the TID’s boundaries, the time frame (typically 20 years from the previous census), a criteria and standard for adequate transportation and the facilities needed, and the roles of each participating agency. The participating agencies develop a land-use and transportation plan for the TID, identifying a projected build-out plan, and a fee formula to fund the improvements, as well as a monitoring program to track the need for new projects. As projects are completed, they are incorporated into the TID agreement.
Formation of TID Committee and Committee Members
Newark City Council approved the formation of a Committee to provide feedback and guidance on the Newark TID process on September 24, 2018. The Committee has since been formed and includes a wide range of stakeholders including City staff, DelDOT, WILMAPCO, New Castle County, University of Delaware, and citizen-appointees. The City retained the services of AECOM to provide technical expertise and administrative assistance. For a current list of the Committee members, visit the TID Committee Roster.
The Committee’s kick-off meeting was held on May 8, 2019.