Downtown Development District


In 2016, Smyrna was designated as a Downtown Development District (DDD) by the Governor of Delaware. The Downtown Development Districts Act of 2014 was enacted by the General Assembly in order to:

  • Spur private capital investment in commercial business districts and other neighborhoods;
  • Stimulate job growth and improve the commercial vitality of such districts and neighborhoods;
  • Help build a stable community of long term residents by improving housing opportunities; and 
  • Assist municipalities in strengthening neighborhoods while harnessing the attraction that vibrant downtowns hold for talented people, innovative small businesses and residents form all walks of life.

View the Smyrna Downtown Development District Guide (PDF) to learn more about the program and find details on incentives.

Local Incentives

  • Permit and Fee Waivers
  • Property Tax Reassessment Waiver and Abatements
  • Utility Rate Discount
  • Facade Improvement Grants

State Incentives

Downtown Development District Proposed Map
Downtown Development District Logo
  1. Planning & Zoning

    Mailing Address
    220 Artisan Drive
    Smyrna, DE 19977

    Fax: 302-659-4169

  2. Jeremy Rothwell

    Senior Planner