In France, a plan local d'urbanisme (PLU, local zoning plan) is a document used in town planning. The 2000 Loi de solidarité et de renouvellement urbains (SRU, Solidarity and urban renewal act) replaced the former Plan d'occupation des sols (POS, Land occupation plan).
The PLU defines the main directions for town planning in a council district or in a group of council districts in a comprehensive zoning project.
After a public inquiry, the PLU includes:
Naturally, the local zoning plan must be compatible with the land use planning and development documents defined for the wider territory.
This is particularly the case for the urban master plan (schéma de cohérence territorial or SCoT in French), regional or national natural park charters, strategic plans for water management and development (SDAGE) and plans for development and water management (SAGE) or even urban transport plans (PDU).
A zoning map for the Wattignies local zoning plan, displayed in Wattignies Town Hall. © Coin-Coin, Wikimedia public domain