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.
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.
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)
Rural Development and Zoning Overview (prepared for the CZMP 2008) (860 kB)
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.
Updated 6 Jan 2017