January 2020 NewsletterNews

2019 started out as busy as ever. There were a couple of short periods of slowdowns on the application side but we finished with a flurry of activity. Construction activity has remained very strong. At one point this year we were slightly below our 2015 activity levels but finished with the second highest activity levels in recent history.

We saw a decrease in single family lots approved and an increase in multi-family units. This seems to align with current trends in housing demand across the United States. The total number of applications submitted to the Planning Commission and number of building permits reviewed is down this year. This is the primary reason why we expect to see a slowdown at some point in the near future. However, we are still growing at a record pace. While a slowdown is expected it has not come to fruition yet. If it does come, it is not expected to last long. The graph below depicts the Planning Commission’s trends over the last 17-years, while the table below breaks out specific trends from the past 8-years.

The table below explores the 2019 year-end review of the Planning Commission services.

Planning Commission Numbers

2019 Totals: Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2019

Quarterly Totals – Oct. 1 – Dec. 31, 2019

2019 Totals
2019 City
2019 County
Oct. – Dec.   Total
Oct. – Dec.   City
Oct. – Dec.   County
Single Family Lots Approved 591 139 452 124 30 94
Multi-Family Units Approved 1,413 1,321 92 688 688 0
Zone Changes Approved 53 23 30 12 6 6
Detailed Development Plans Approved 0 0 0 0 0 0
Subdivision Approvals 249 78 171 45 15 30
Subdivision Construction
Construction Plans Reviewed 34 14 20 7 0 7
Engineering Inspections 2,008 967 1,041 444 226 218
Code Enforcement
Zoning Complaints 285 145 140 40 23 17
Site Inspections 720 411 309 135 82 53
Notices of Violation 110 69 41 23 13 10
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Maps Created 442 185 257 100 39 61
Addresses Assigned 1,352 470 882 363 12 351
Parcels Drawn 3,575 1,581 1,994 721 238 483
Plan Review Services
Building Permits Reviewed 1,990 924 1,066 405 203 202

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