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Starting in January 2022, the Dover Air Force Base (DAFB) Compatible Use Study will focus on increasing public awareness of the Base and contribution to the regional economy. The purpose of the Dover Air Force Base (DAFB) Compatible Use Study is to support the long-term sustainability and operability of the DAFB by strengthening communication and collaboration with the surrounding municipalities, state agencies, and other community partners. The planning process is intended to safeguard military readiness and defense capabilities while supporting continued community and economic development.
The study is supported through a grant from the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation (OLDCC), previously the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA). DelDOT is working to prepare this community-driven, cooperative, strategic planning study with the DAFB, Kent County, Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization, City of Dover, and other State and local agencies. The study is expected to be completed in March 2023.
The DAFB plays a vital role in national defense and is a major economic generator for the State. Development pressures and incompatible development in the surrounding area can hamper future growth and functionality of the Base. Therefore, the purpose of the DAFB Compatible Use Study is to:
- Enhance communication and improve collaboration between major stakeholders
- Protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public and DAFB personnel
- Sustaining economic vitality of the surrounding communities
- Identify potential issues and cooperative implementation strategies
- Engage and inform the public
This cooperative planning initiative will address land use compatibility planning around DAFB that supports the installation’s mission and operational and training environments, community growth and development in the surrounding area, and resident quality of life.
The study area is an approximate five-mile radius created around the Dover Air Force Base. The following communities and areas surrounding the Base will be included with this study: Portions of the City of Dover, Town of Camden, Town of Wyoming, and Town of Bowers, the Town of Little Creek, the Town of Magnolia, and unincorporated areas of Kent County.
The study area is east of SR 1 (North of Puncheon Run) or the Saint Jones River (South of PuncheonRun) and then follows Air Installations Compatible Use Zones (AICUZ) as they extend west of SR 1. The study area extends to the Town of Magnolia and then follows the Saint Jones River to the Delaware Bay (see map). This also includes the airspace on the Delmarva Peninsula used for low-level training routes.
Data collection / Public Outreach
- Data Gathering Ongoing
- First Public Workshop - April/May 2022
- Stakeholder Interviews - May/June 2022
- Conflict Identification - July/Aug 2022
- Focused Planning Exercise - September 2022
- Strategies - Sept/Nov 2022
- Second Public Workshop - Jan/Feb 2023
- Final Report - December 2022