Land Preservation Task Force

Upcoming Meetings:

Full Task Force will meet virtually Wednesday, June 10, 4:30pm

**Please contact Betsy Hatch at Elizabeth.hatch@newcastlede.gov for virtual meeting virtual meeting access info.


Past Meetings:

August 7, 2019 at 4pm; Large Executive Conference Room at Government Center Building, 87 Reads Way, New Castle. 

August 7, 2019 Meeting Agenda

August 7, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Farmland Preservation Subcommittee met Wednesday, September 4th, 4:00pm, in the New Castle Room in NCC Department of Land Use

Open Space Preservation Subcommittee met Thursday, September 5th, 4:30 at the Community Services Building, 10th Street in Wilmington

Funding Subcommittee met Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 4:00pm at the Mt. Cuba Center, 3120 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin

Full Land Preservation Task Force met Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 4:30pm in the Gilliam Building Multipurpose Room, 67 Reads Way, New Castle

October 2, 2019 Meeting Agenda

October 2, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Funding Subcommittee met Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 4p, at the Mt. Cuba Center, 3120 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin

Open Space Preservation Subcommittee met Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 4:30p, at the Community Services Building, 10th Street in Wilmington

Farmland Preservation Subcommittee met Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 4:30p, at Delaware Wild Lands, 315 Main Street, Odessa

Full Land Preservation Task Force met Thursday, December 5, 2019, 4:30p, at the Gilliam Building Multipurpose Room, 67 Reads Way, New Castle

December 5, 2019 Meeting Agenda

December 5, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Open Space Subcommittee met on Monday, January 6, 2020 at 4:30pm at the Gilliam Building Multipurpose Room, 67 Reads Way, New Castle

Farmland Preservation Subcommittee met on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 4:30pm at Delaware Wildlands, 315 Main Street, Odessa

Funding Subcommittee met on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 4pm at the Mt. Cuba Center, 3120 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin

Full Land Preservation Task Force met on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 4:30pm at the Gilliam Building Multipurpose Room, 67 Reads Way, New Castle

February 6, 2020 Meeting Agenda

February 6, 2020 Meeting Minutes

The full Task Force met on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 4:30pm via videoconference (no in-person gathering) in light of COVID-19 measures. 

March 25, 2020 Meeting Agenda

March 25, 2020 Meeting Minutes (pending)

The subcommittees met virtually on these dates:

Open Space: April 23, 2020, 4:30pm

Funding: April 29, 2020, 4:30pm

Agricultural: April 30, 2020, 4:30pm

About the Land Preservation Task Force

This Task Force will examine key questions and shape a plan for enhancing the County’s land preservation strategy. The Task Force will also look at ways to improve collaboration with other entities to increase resources for the purchase and maintenance of land.  


Task Force Members

Betsy Caufield, New Castle County Land Use

Jack Coleman, Coleman Tree Farm

Jeff Downing *(Chair), Mt. Cuba Center

Sherri Evans-Stanton, DE Chapter of Sierra Club, appointed by County Council Districts 2 & 8

John Filaski, Filaski's Produce, appointed by County Council Districts 6 & 12

Doreen Fletcher, Appointed by County Council Disticts 1 & 7

Lee Jarmon, Civic Leader

Janet Kilpatrick, County Council Member, District 3

Jennifer Kmiec, Committee of 100

James Metzger, Appointed by County Council Districts 4 & 10

Michele Giofre Pyle, Appointed by County Council Districts 3 & 9

Stewart Ramsey, New Castle County Farm Bureau

Timothy Sheldon, County Council Member, District 9

Austin Short, Delaware Department of Agriculture

Kendall Sommers, New Castle County Public Works

Elena Stewart, Delaware State Parks

Jim White, Delaware Nature Society

Maureen Zieber, Appointed by Council Districts 5 & 11


Materials

You can access materials for the Task Force at this dropbox folder



Task Force Chair:

Jeff Downing

Jdowning@mtcubacenter.org


Task Force Staff Members:

Kendall Sommers, Parks Manager

Kendall.sommers@newcastlede.gov


Betsy Hatch, Planner II

Elizabeth.hatch@newcastlede.gov