Planning and Zoning Department
Planning and Zoning Department


The Planning Department endeavors to preserve and enhance the quality of life of all residents of the County of Sussex by encouraging and promoting the orderly use of land for redevelopment and growth through intermediate and long range comprehensive and strategic planning, by implementing the County's Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance and other land use regulations and policies, and by fostering neighborhood revitalization and stability. In fulfilling this mission, the department encourages citizen participation and effective responses to citizens in a professional, timely, and courteous manner.

The Department

The Planning and Zoning Department provides staff support for the Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals, evaluates zoning changes, performs site plan review, enforces County Ordinances related to land use, and facilitates the update and implementation of the Comprehensive Plan. The Planning and Zoning Department can assist with questions regarding new development, subdivision of land, and topics ranging from rezonings to variances.

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