Here you can access the major governing documents of the Village, ordinances, minutes of Town Meetings, information about the Standing Committees, government contacts, permits, voting information and election records, and more. The site is maintained by the Town Secretary. Please contact the Secretary if you cannot find the information you need, if links are not working, or information is outdated. NOTE: As of 1/6/2020, this site is using a new theme since the old one was no longer supported.
At the Arden town meeting on Monday, January 27, 2020, the chair of the Advisory Committee announced the names of nominees for upcoming vacant committee positions and for town officials. Nominations remain open until March 2. If you would like to be a nominee, please email Danny Schweers at email@example.com. For details about nominations, click here.
Election of Committees & Officers March 23
The next election will be the Election of Committees and Officers at the Town Meeting on March 23, 2020. The Town Meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. Ballots are distributed at the beginning of the meeting, and you can vote at any time during the meeting. If you cannot attend the entire meeting, you are welcome to come and vote, then leave when you need to, or arrive late to vote. All residents who live in the village as their primary residence for 6 months or more and are over 18 may vote. Renters may vote. Absentee voting is allowed under some circumstances, but you must submit an Affidavit request by March 16 and the ballot must be received by 6 p.m. on March 23. Click here for information about Absentee Voting.
Vote is by secret ballot. Click here to see a DRAFT BALLOT. Nominees for Arden Committees and Officers have been invited to post brief statements about who they are, why they are running for a particular committee, and what skills they might bring to these essential (but unpaid) jobs. There are a few posts already, and we hope more candidates will participate in our effort to inform voters. Click here to see the candidate statements.
If you are a candidate, and would like to tell voters about yourself, click this link and fill out the form. Your statement will be posted soon after we receive it.
In September, 2016, we presented and approved a non-discrimination policy. At that time, a request was made to include “sex” in that policy. The officers agree with that addition and the updated policy now reads:
The Village of Arden does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, residents, and visitors. The Village of Arden is an equal opportunity employer.
About the Village of Arden, Delaware
The Village of Arden was founded in 1900 as a Single Tax community based on the economic philosophy of Henry George, as well as the Arts and Crafts movement of William Morris and the Garden City movement of Ebenezer Howard. It is still noted for its arts, crafts, music, and theater. Half the land is forests and greens, which are not taxed. As a “Tree City USA,” our tree canopy is 73%. The Village is on the National Register of Historic Places.
With around 250 households and 500 residents, Arden is the oldest and largest of the three villages known as The Ardens: Arden, Ardentown, and Ardencroft. The communal land in each village, such as the woods and greens, is owned by each municipality while the land leased out for dwellings is owned by a trust; that is, people own their houses but pay rent on their leaseholds in the form of taxes. Those taxes — land rent — cover village, county, and local school expenses and are assessed on the square footage of each leasehold. Each village has a separate municipal government.
The Village of Arden has a town-meeting form of government, defined in the Act to Reincorporate of July 29, 1996.
For more about the history of the three Ardens, visit the Arden Craftshop Museum.
For a brief description of Arden government see “Arden: Here’s How It Works.”
If you use the printed Village of Arden Handbook as a reference to Arden government, click here to go to the Red Book Interactive Table of Contents for links to updates on every item in the Handbook. All the content of the Red Book, published in 1996, is on this website. Updates are now entered on the website.