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County planners are swamped

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

Handling many development applications, planners in the Summit County Community Development Department are swamped, Community Development Director Nora Shepard said.

"It’s crazy, absolutely crazy," Shepard said.

Eight building inspectors in May conducted 1,283 inspections. In June, there were 1,300 inspections and there were 402 in the first 10 days in July, Shepard said.

In April, 17 development applications were filed. Thirteen applications were submitted in May and in June the Community Development Department received 29 development applications, according to a report from Summit County officials.

Planners in June completed 29 development applications.

"It may make sense to re-look at the process for some of the simple things," Shepard said.

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Planning secretaries were also busy in June having fielded 101 calls June 20, 105 calls June 26 and 113 telephone calls on June 27, according to Shepard.

"Is there such a thing as a summer bubble?" Summit County Commissioner Bob Richer asked. "Is it an ongoing problem?"

Summit County Planning Director Michael Barille responded, "there is much less of a bubble in the summer than there used to be."

"We’re doing the best we can, but the plate is still stacking higher, not going down as applications come in," Barille said.

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