At the Jan. 22 commissioners' meeting planning staff discussed with county commissioners Don Suppes and Mike Lane a historical overview of activity in the planning department between the years 2006 through 2018. Commissioner Roeber was absent.
Elyse Casselberry, community and economic development director, and Kelly Yeager, contract planner, presented these figures.
During the years 2006 through 2008, there was substantial subdivision activity in Delta County: 68 subdivisions in 2006; 86 in 2007; and 58 in 2008. Then the Great Recession hit. The subdivision activity for the next seven years was as follows: 2009, 10; 2010, 11; 2011, 4; 2012, 5; 2013, 6; 2014, 16; and 2015, 9.
In 2016 subdivision activity began to pick up. Much of the current activity consists of the replatting of former single parcel subdivisions to provide for two or three parcels on former single parcels. There were 18 subdivision applications in 2016, 25 in 2017 and 26 in 2018.
Specific Development applications submitted to the planning department were 14 in 2006, nine in 2007 and eight in 2008. Specific Development applications from 2009 through 2015, were 5, 5, 7, 4, 7, 1, and 4 respectively for those years.
Specific Development applications submitted in 2016 were 3, five in 2017 and eight in 2018.
Requests for address and access permits over these years vary from 28 in 2006, 40 in 2007 and 22 in 2008, to 68 address and access applications in 2016, 91 in 2017, and 108 in 2018.
There has not been a return of new subdivision applications yet, Casselberry and Yeager said, but applications for specific developments are picking up. Applications for address and access permits have skyrocketed.
After the adoption of the Master Plan, discussion and adoption of land use regulations is underway, which will result in major changes to the subdivision and specific development processes.
Casselberry said, "We will be open to criticism, available to everyone willing to come talk with us in person, through social media, and our website.
"Our purpose is to decrease neighbor-to-neighbor conflict and enable true economic development in Delta County."
Yeager added, "The specific development process brings people together to talk about the development and what its different impacts will be on everyone involved."
Commissioner Suppes said, "A lot of citizens have changed their thinking and I believe the bulk of the population is ready for change, ready to go with the rule of law, not the rule of man. We're moving in the right direction. And we are seeing a lot of sales of vacant land."