Town Comprehensive Plan


The Town of Magnolia is pleased to announce the completion of its Magnolia Traffic Study. The majority of the funding for the project was provided by the Dover/Kent County MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization) with the remainder provided by the Town.

The study was produced by the consulting firm Whitman, Requardt and Associates of Wilmington and led by consultants Adrienne Eiss and Jeff Reigner.

The consultants kicked off the project by interviewing Mayor James Frazier (for general background on traffic issues, related information contained in our 2019 Town Comprehensive Plan and residents’ sentiments about traffic), and Councilman Buck Dougherty, who focused his responses on how traffic issues have impacted his fire crews at the Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company in his role as former Fire Chief and present member of their Board of Directors.

WRA then spent many hours researching and compiling available traffic data on Magnolia and the surrounding area (e.g. crash statistics, traffic volume, DelDOT assessments and plans, characteristics of the roadways, etc.) and performing their own onsite observations of the Town’s layout, possible improvements, and current traffic trends.

The draft report was reviewed by Council members and the final report was approved by Council at its  regular monthly meeting (conducted virtually) on June 8, 2020. The report provides a number of action items and discussion topics to reference in the months ahead – some immediate and others requiring additional work and/or funding.

Town Council extends its thanks to the Dover/Kent County MPO and Whitman, Requardt and Associates for their contributions to this report. Council also extends an invitation to all Town of Magnolia residents, as well as residents of neighboring communities, to review the document and forward any comments to Magnolia Town Council at PO Box 233, Magnolia, DE 19962 or to Mayor James Frazier via email at

Magnolia Traffic Study Report_FINAL


Per State of Delaware requirements, during 2018-2019 the Town Planning Commission and Town Council reviewed the 2009 plan to determine what changes or updates needed to be made in anticipation of the production of the 2019 edition. The full 2019 Comprehensive Plan can be found here:

2019 Town of Magnolia Comprehensive Plan

Early on, a questionnaire was sent to town residents requesting their opinions. The summary of those results is below:

2019 Magnolia Comp Plan – Questionnaire Results

The Planning Commission agreed on the following Plan Recommendations, approved the plan, and Town Council confirmed that approval.

2019 Magnolia Comp Plan – Summary Recommendations

2019 Magnolia Comp Plan – Planning Comm Approval

2019 Magnolia Comp Plan – Town of Magnolia Resolution

The DE Office of State Planning Coordination gave their approval.

2019 Magnolia Comp Plan – PLUS App to OSPC

2019 Magnolia Comp Plan – OSPC Approval

The Governor and Kent County government both gave their approvals.

2019 Magnolia Comp Plan – Governor Approval

2019 Magnolia Comp Plan – Kent County Approval

The 2019 plan’s illustrative maps are essentially unchanged from 2009:

Magnolia Aerial View_20181015

Magnolia Environmental Features_20181015

Magnolia Existing Land Use_20181015

Magnolia Future Land Use_20181015

Magnolia State Strategies_20181015

Magnolia Surrounding Zoning_20181015

Magnolia Transportation_20181015