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Housing permits reflect St. Charles County’s health

The pace of single-family housing construction in St. Charles County hasn’t slowed appreciably so far in 2017 when compared to the first four months of each year going back to 2013. However, the number of multi-family permits issued by the county and various municipalities is down compared to the first quarters of 2014 through 2016.

Single-family housing permits have been a gauge of the county’s housing industry health. For years, St. Charles County has led the Missouri side of the St. Louis region in housing starts – particularly for single-family homes.

In all, permits for 560 single-family homes were issued through the end of April 2017. That compares to permits issued for 581 single-family homes from January through April in 2016. Since 2013, the number of single-family housing permits issued in the county has been around 1,700 per year. Last year, 1,718 single-family permits were issued in the county.

From January through April 2017, 41 multi-family permits were issued in the county. That’s down from 297 for the same period in 2016; however, totals have been up and down for the first quarter of the year since 2013.

Last year, 1,799 single- and multi-family permits were issued for 2,364 residential units in the county.

Wentzville continues to be the leader among county municipalities in total housing permits issued in the first quarter of the year, with 244 single- and 24 multi-family permits, for a total of 268. During the first quarter of 2016, 231 single and 76 multi-family permits were issued.

The city of Saint Charles was next, with permits for 99 single- and nine multi-family units issued through April 2017, compared to permits for 64 single- and 106 multi-family homes for the same period in 2016.

St. Peters, whose officials said last year that most of its vacant land for housing is developed, issued three single- and zero multi-family permits during the first quarter of 2017. For the first four months of 2016, 30 single- and zero multi-family permits were issued.

In O’Fallon, the county’s largest municipality, permits for 67 single-family and four multi-family units were issued through April, down from 135 single and 93 multi-family permits issued for the same period in 2016.

The unincorporated areas of Augusta, Weldon Spring and West Alton issued permits for 50 single- and four multi-family units through April 2017. That compares to 43 single- and zero multi-family permits issued for the same months of 2016.

In Lake Saint Louis, permits for 40 single- and zero multi-family units were issued through the first four months of 2017, compared to 29 single- and zero multi-family permits for the same months in 2016.

Cottleville issued 26 single- and zero multi-family permits through April 2017, up from 21 single- and zero multi-family permits through April 2016.

In Dardenne Prairie, 11 single- and zero multi-family permits were issued in the first quarter of this year – identical to the same period last year.

Twenty single- and zero multi-family permits were issued collectively in Flint Hill, Foristell, Josephville, New Melle, Portage des Sioux, St. Paul and Weldon Spring Heights through April. Last year, 17 single- and zero multi-family permits were issued in the first quarter of 2016 for those smaller communities.

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