Housing permits surpass 2016

Construction crews have been busy on the west side of New Prague building houses and townhomes not far from Raven Stream Elementary. (Patrick Fisher Photo)

New Prague’s number of building permits issued for for new housing in 2017 has already surpassed the total number of permits from 2016.

With six new home permits issued in June, the city has put forth 55 permits in 2017, putting it at two more permits than 2016’s total, 53 permits.

City Planning Director Ken Ondich said the break down for 2017 is 26 townhome units and 29 single family units. For 2016 the city issued 20 townhomes and 33 single family. “This year’s mid-year total is the highest total since 2006 for the city,” said Ondich.

In 2006 the city had 467 residential lots available. As expected the number has decreased over the more than 10 years since then. Between 2007 and 2012 it slowed down considerably due to the burst of the housing bubble. In that time period the city’s residential lots remained well above 300. It wasn’t until 2013 that the number of lots dropped to 291. Since then there has been a steady increase in building with the number of lots available in 2017 at ....

To see more on this story pick up the July 27, 2017 print edition of The New Prague Times.