Department of Planning (and some others) reports

The Department of Planning prepares various research reports to assist other departments and the County Council in their decision-making. It seems that more of these reports were done for many years under the previous administration and the leadership of Pat Keller as head of the Office of Planning. While there are a few such studies and reports online now, others can only be found from Archives. The links below provide a comprehensive list of those that can now be found.

Schools

The Planning Department prepares, annually, reports on school overcrowding, including numbers to be used in evaluating the impact from new developments (even if they are so ridiculous that a hearing officer laughed when some were presented in a recent hearing!)

The following, except for the latest, are from the archives.

School
year
EnrollmentOvercrowded schoolsApproved DevelopmentCommitted
seats
Pupil
yield
Full
report
ESMSHSESMSHSESMSHS
2009-2010 ReportReportReport - - - - - - - Report
(2009)
-
2010-2011 ReportReportReport Map Map Map - - - - Report
2011-2012 ReportReportReport Map Map Map Report Report Report Report Report
2012-2013 ReportReportReport Map Map Map Report Report Report - Report
2013-2014 Report (all) Map Map Map Report Report Report Report Report
2014-2015 Report (all) Map Map Map Report Report Report Report Report
2015-2016 Report (all) Map Map Map Report Report Report Report -
2016-2017 - - - - - - - - -

Development

The Planning Department prepares various reports that summarize how much development has taken place in the county.

Minor Subdivision Report (2007-2012) District 2 (67 kB),   District 3 (86 kB),   District 5 (68 kB)
(A search of the County website on 6 Jan 2017 could not find these or any new versions. Instead, see the Quarterly Subdivision reports.)

Rural Development and Zoning Overview (prepared for the CZMP 2008) (860 kB)
Planning Research Report, New residential construction 2000-2007, July 2008 (550 kB)
Residential Development Capacity Study (inside URDL) Oct 25, 2010 (33 MB)
Annual Growth Report 2013 (16 MB - online)
Annual Growth Report 2014 (4 MB)
Annual Growth Report 2015 (2 MB - online)

Basic Services

Reports are also prepared by Public Works and approved by the County Council every year which are supposed to identify areas with inadequate public facilities - transportation (roads), water, and sewer, also known as "Basic Services". When an area is identified as "inadequate", for example, when an intersection is rated "F", that is supposed to stop development in the area that would cause further problems, for example, send more traffic to that failed intersection. Unfortunately, there are numerous way to get around the restrictions, including going to a hearing and arguing that the proposed development will not make the situation worse. That usually involves a bunch of mumbo-jumbo from a paid "expert", when the opposing community can't afford to hire their own "expert".

Every year, these reports are posted online, but disappear the next year, thus not allowing anyone to do a study on the progression of a problem over time. The following, except for 2015 and 2016, are from the archives.

YearWaterSewerTransportationIntersections
2011 Map (5 MB) Map (5 MB) Map (5 MB) Memo (330 kB)
2012 Map (7 MB) Map (7 MB) Map (7 MB) Memo (300 kB)
2013 Map (6 MB) Map (6 MB) Map (4 MB) Memo (230 kB)
2014 Map (6 MB) Map (6 MB) Map (6 MB) Memo (385 kB)
2015 Map (5 MB) Map (5.5 MB) Map (5.5 MB) Memo (200 kB)
2016 Map (6 MB) Map (6 MB) Map (6 MB) Memo (230 kB)

Others

Water and Sewer, Triennial Report 2014, Part 1 (38 MB), Appendices (250MB)

Updated 6 Jan 2017