Development & Planning

Understanding the Development Process
The Department of Land Use oversees the review of proposed development plans and rezoning applications to ensure that they meet legal requirements found in the following bodies of law:
  • Delaware State Code
  • Drainage Code (Chapter 12)
  • N.C.C. Comprehensive Development Plan
  • U.S. Constitution
  • Unified Development Code (Chapter 40)
With input from state and other county agencies, staff review plans and rezoning applications for details and particulars relating to:
  • Building lots
  • Fire safety
  • Historic resources
  • Integration of utilities
  • Sidewalks
  • Site drainage and water management
  • Transit access
  • Transportation flow
  • And other components
Protection of the site's natural resources is a high priority. Planners and engineers also encourage applicants to advance the best design possible. In the case of changes to zoning, which must receive County Council approval, the department issues recommendations on the rezoning application.