Residential building appears to be on the upswing, at least in three southern Mecklenburg towns.Since Jan. 1, Mecklenburg County has issued 136 building permits for residential construction in Mint Hill, Matthews and Pineville. In the first six months of 2013, 75 building permits for single-family homes were issued for Mint Hill, 18 of those in June. In 2010, a year the towns mark as a low point, 19 permits were issued in Mint Hill for the entire year. Mint Hill Town Planner John Hoard says the uptick in the number of permits isn’t a surprise. He also said the town hasn’t approved a new subdivision plan in several years. “It’s good news for us, but we need to watch it carefully,” Hoard said. “Builders are buying and building on lots that were approved years ago. Many of these lots have changed hands several times.“Once we’re through this surplus, we will have to see who comes to the table to ask for a new subdivision to be approved. Then we can say that something new is really going on.” Matthews had nine permits for single-family homes issued in June, bringing that town’s total to 18 for the first six months of the year. In 2010, Matthews issued 27 permits for single-family homes. Matthews Planning Director Kathi Ingrish said Matthews does not have as much open space as Mint Hill, so there aren’t as many lots in limbo. “When the economy tanked several years ago, you started seeing zombie neighborhoods” in many communities, Ingrish said. “Some roads and infrastructure had been put in and a house built here and there, but then the builders walked away.“In Matthews, that didn’t happen, because our neighborhoods were already well underway. We just don’t have that much wide-open land.”A new subdivision is being planned for Matthews, however, and Standard Pacific is seeking approval for developing 80 acres along McKee Road. If that development is approved by the board, another 192 homes could be built.Pineville Planning Director Travis Morgan said things are holding steady in Pineville, although a recently approved subdivision should increase building activity once the project gets underway. “In the past couple of years, the number of new homes built in Pineville has remained steady, but now that number is on the rise,” said Morgan.“Our town board recently approved the Huntley Glen subdivision on Dormon Road, which will have 230 units, both single-family detached houses and townhomes.”Pineville issued 38 permits for single-family housing in 2010. Through June 30, Mecklenburg County had issued 43 residential building permits for Pineville.
Sunday, Jul. 21, 2013
Towns see permit requests rising
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Melinda Johnston is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Melinda? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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