Community Planning Committee
The annual registration of vacant dwellings and the collection of registration fees has begun.
Properties vacant for more than a year must be registered, and a registration fee paid, by January 31, 2013.
If you received a letter in error declaring your property has been vacant for the past year, but it has been occupied, send proof of occupancy by December 1, 2012 to the Town Secretary, Village of Arden, 2119 The Highway, Arden, DE 19810.
Additionally, a leaseholder has the right to a one-time waiver for a year of both the registration form and fees under certain conditions such as a leasehold under renovation or a leasehold for sale or lease as specified in Section VII of Ordinance 15. Mail your request for a waiver by December 1, 2012 to the Town Secretary, Village of Arden, 2119 The Highway, Arden, DE 19810.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Vacant Dwelling Registration Ordinance
- What is the purpose of this ordinance?
The purpose of this ordinance is to require leaseholders who own a dwelling in Arden that is vacant for over a year. It is not focused on leaseholders who own ADUs.
- Who will administer this process?
Administration of this ordinance will be performed by the Village Secretary and Community Planning Committee. Together they will manage the process of this ordinance.
- If I own several ADUs and some or all are vacant during a year, must I register?
Under section III [B] Occupied there are several ways in which you will not have to register or you can appeal. Again the purpose of this ordinance is leaseholders with dwellings vacant over a year.
- How would the registration process work?
The Village Secretary will obtain a list of houses vacant for over one year from the Registration Committee during October each year. In November the Village Secretary will send a letter with registration to these leaseholders. Leaseholders who receive this letter have 30 days to contact the Secretary if they want to appeal, obtain a waiver or provide information showing the house is not vacant for over a year. Leaseholders who have dwellings vacant over one year will need to register and pay their registration fee no later than January 31.
- Click here to read the final approved version of the Vacant Dwelling ordinance.
The 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Buzz Ware Village Center.
Agenda for Next Meeting
Start meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Continue discussion on vacant houses.
Continue discussion on procedure for adoption of ordinances.
Continue discussion of nominees for March elections. We need four.
Prepare for next town meeting.
About Community PlanningThe Community Planning Committee plans the “physical and cultural future of the community.” It works with other committees to plan projects that have a major impact on the village and to address forces impacting the Village from outside. The committee also has a few non-planning responsibilities that have historically fallen to it, including overseeing the Memorial Garden (cemetery).
- Serving to March, 2011: Ron Meick, Ray Seigfried, Sally Sharpe
- Serving to March, 2012: Cynthia Dewick, Danny Schweers
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