Preliminary Land Use Service (PLUS)
The Preliminary Land Use Service outlined in Chapter 92 of Title 29 of the Delaware Code, provides for state agency review of major land use change proposals prior to submission to local governments.
PLUS provides for state agency review of major land use change proposals prior to submission to local governments. PLUS review meetings are generally held on the fourth Wednesday of each month with the exception of November and December (3rd Wednesday). Applications for review at PLUS meetings must be received by OSPC by the first state government working day of that month. Agendas for PLUS meetings are linked, when posted, from the meeting dates listed below. Agendas are posted as PDF files.
The PLUS process involves reviews by all applicable state agencies at the start of the land development process, adding value and knowledge to the process without taking over the authority of local governments to make land use decisions.
Land use change proposals are submitted to state agencies through the Office of State Planning Coordination and are the subject of monthly PLUS meetings at which applicants meet with state agency resource experts to discuss their plans and identify possible problems, and solutions.
The process has a three-fold purpose:
To identify and mitigate potential impacts of development which may affect areas beyond local boundaries;
To fully integrate state and local land use plans; and
To bring state agency staff together with developers, and local officials, early in the process.
PLUS benefits applicants in several ways:
Allows for a faster review when a proposal is included in a certified comprehensive plan;
Promotes the sharing of ideas and resources among state, county and local governments.
Applicants are able to fully explain their projects to a group of planners representing all state agencies and to interact with those planners in a constructive dialogue. The streamlined process shortens state response time to more closely coordinate with local time lines. State comments are received in time to be of use and more completely reflect state and local land use plans and regulations.