Delaware Land Protection Act (Delaware)

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Place Delaware

Applies to States or Provinces Delaware
Name Delaware Land Protection Act (Delaware)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Start Date 1990

Program Administrator Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Primary Website

Last Review 2014-09-15

Information Source


The Land Protection Act requires the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to work with the Delaware Open Space Council to develop standards and criteria for determining the existence and location of state resource areas, their degree of endangerment, an evaluation of their importance, and information related to their natural, historic or open space values.

The Act also established an Open Space Program. The Open Space Program oversees the protection of designated State Resource Areas (SRA). These areas are permanently protected through the buying of various state lands including parks, fish and wildlife areas, forests, nature preserves and cultural sites.

Many SRAs are not protected through acquisition – the intent has not been to purchase all SRAs. Rather, the purpose of the SRAs is to guide state acquisition of open space from willing sellers and to be incorporated by counties in their land use plans.

Designation of an SRA does not prohibit development, and does not change the underlying zoning. The designation provides that county ordinances, standards, criteria and/or requirements for SRAs will allow for environmentally sensitive development that protects the natural, cultural and geological resources in those areas.

Policy Contact

Contact Name LeeAnn Walling
Department Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control



Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Title 7, Chapter 75