The Division has been pivotal in leading County efforts to encourage economic development, expand housing opportunities, job creation and commercial revitalization, while simultaneously preserving critical natural resources such as scenic byways, waterways and farmland.
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:
With input from state and other county agencies, staff review plans and rezoning applications for details and particulars relating to:
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.