Sherburne County sees increase in new home construction

by Joni Astrup

Associate Editor

Sherburne County saw an uptick in home building in 2013, after several years of stagnant growth.

There were 231 single-family homes built in the county last year, up from 140 a year earlier, according to the Sherburne County Building and Estimated Population Report.

“Based on past performance over the last three years, and talking to area builders, I am cautiously optimistic that we could see at least the same level of building activity and possibly even a modest increase for 2014,” according to Joe St. Dennis, building official for Sherburne County.

New home construction last year was about evenly divided between townships and cities in the county, according to the report. There also were 38 multi-family housing units constructed in 2013, all in the city of Big Lake.

The county’s population is now estimated at 89,834. Estimates are determined at a rate of 2.5 people per house or multi-family housing unit.

Elk River also saw an increase in home building last year. There were 82 homes constructed in 2013, up from 36 the prior year.

Over the last decade, new home construction peaked in Elk River in 2003. There were 586 permits issued that year — 285 for single family homes and 301 for multi-family units.

Development continued at a fairly steady pace until 2008, when it dropped off a cliff. Only 25 permits for new single-family homes were issued in Elk River that year.

New home construction in Sherburne County also hit the skids in 2008, when the number of permits for new homes dropped from 326 in 2007 to 109 in 2008, marking the start of several slow years of housing starts.

Houses built in Sherburne County

2013……………………….231

2012……………………….140

2011…………………………73

2010……………………….148

2009…………………………87

2008……………………….109

2007……………………….326

Source: Sherburne County Building and Estimated Population Report

 

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