Coastal Management Land Use Planning Column Paragraph What is land use planning? A land use plan is a collection of policies and maps that serves as a community’s blueprint for growth. These plans are a fundamental element of coastal management in North Carolina. Learn More Certified LUPs See which communities have land use plans. LUP Guide Comprehensive guide to land use planning in coastal North Carolina. Planning & Management Grants Find out about planning and management grants. Contact Your Planner Contact your local DCM planner.