Hey there...I come to you with yet another question. I am the Assistant Director of my county's Department of Development. We only do commercial and industrial development..although we are attempting to recruit residential builders to the county.
The problem is this: we have no countywide planning department and do not practice countywide zoning. Only a handful of the communities here practice zoning and issue building permits.
My department needs to keep track of residential development occurring in the county for obvious reasons, but this is an extremely difficult task because, like I said, only a handful of cities keep track of new units via building permits. As in most counties, most of our development has been outside urban areas. We have no centralized way to record the number of new homes constructed.
My department would like to require every person/builder constructing a new structure in this county (outside of the cities) to register with this office. But we do not want to get into planning, zoning, and building permits- we do not have the capacity. We would also like to explore revenue options as well...maybe charging a $30 residential fee and a $75 commercial/industrial fee, etc. This would allow us to record the new construction and raise some money that can be used in a community projects fund.
Have any of you done something similar? My county is steadily growing but we have no way outside of auditor reports to track the exact changes (besides driving down the highway and saying, "wow...a new subdivison..."
What should our application/form look like, and what fees should we charge? Is it even legal for our department to do this in the State of Ohio without reviewing building plans and issuing permits?
Please drop me a line and let me know your thoughts...I greatly appreciate your responses!