Last Friday, March 13, 2020,I warned those seeking land use approvalsor building permits for a new or existing healthcare use in New Castle County, Delaware that the Department of Land Use has imposednew guidelineson doing business with the department in the wake of thecoronavirus. Among other measures, Board of Adjustment and Planning Board hearings are now suspended until April 10, 2020. As of late Friday, the New Castle County Council, which is the final stop for approving major land development plans and rezoning ordinances,cancelledthe Land Use Committee meeting for March 17, 2020. As of now, a Council meeting is still scheduled for March 31, 2020. As potential disruptions to real estate project timelines and ability to move forward pile up, it’s time to pause and consider how to make these and future barriers less impactful to a project. It may not be possible to avoid all impact, but like the spread of theCoronavirusitself, it may be possible to ‘flatten the curve’ so that the delays do not spike suddenly into an irreversible problem for a project already, or soon to be, underway. Read more.
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