New Road Corridor Master Plan
New Road, designated as a Delaware Byway in 2015 as part of the Historic
Lewes Byway is an important gateway from the Coastal Highway to the City of
Lewes. A Corridor Management Plan (CMP) was prepared for the entire Historic
Lewes Byway in 2015. The CMP recognizes the need to retain the overall
character defining features of the New Road corridor including its farms,
forests, wetlands and tributary streams.
However, growth and change are accelerating in and around the City of
Lewes. Land use and transportation changes are being proposed throughout
the corridor, some of which are imminent. Two large properties, the Groome
Church property and Brittingham Farm are currently entering the development
process. DelDOT is developing plans for a grade separated intersection for SR
1 at Minos Conaway Road with modifications proposed for New Road that may
change travel patterns on New Road. DelDOT is advancing a project to realign
Old Orchard Road at Wescoats Corner. Several large privately owned tracts are
likely to be developed over the next few years.
NEED FOR THE PLAN
The Historic Lewes Byway CMP calls for conceptual master plans for each of
the three entrance corridors that are part of the Byway. The master plan is
needed to coordinate and guide land use and transportation projects to help
retain the character defining features of the corridor while making the most
efficient use of public and private investments. A master plan was funded
and completed for Kings Highway and Gills Neck Road in 2016 and is currently
being used to guide land use and transportation decisions in a coordinated
Similarly, the goal for the New Road Corridor Master Plan is to coordinate
public investments and private actions throughout the corridor to guide
land use and transportation decisions in a coordinated way. The planning
process envisioned for the master plan recommends the formation of an Ad
Hoc Stakeholder Committee to identify issues, review preliminary plans and
proposals, and provide input and comments on the draft plan. This ad hoc
committee has been organized with representation from a broad range of
interests along New Road including conservation, owners of large land parcels,
neighborhood organizations, businesses, and developers.
The schedule at the right provides an overview of the eight month planning
process including three meetings with the Stakeholder Committee (SC).
Funding for the New Road Master Plan has been graciously provided by Senator
Lopez and Representative Smyk. All the stakeholders along New Road express their
appreciation for the assistance in this important project.
The purpose of this web page is to provide easy access to resources, presentations, meeting notes, draft and final reports utilized in the conduct of study.
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FILE CABINET :
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Meeting #1: August 22, 2018
Meeting #2: October 24, 2018
Public Meeting #1: November 27, 2018
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