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Single-family housing activity down in county compared to 2013

By: Brian Flinchpaugh


The number of single-family housing permits issued in St. Charles County through July was down, compared to the same period going back to 2013.

But the number of multi-family permits issued for apartments, condominiums in the county are on the rise so far this year, although most of that activity is in St. Peters.

Through July, 916 single-family permits were issued in the county, compared to 999 single family permits for the same period in 2017.  It’s also down from 1,139 single-family permits through July 2016, 1,074 single-family permits for the first seven months of 2015, 1,097 for the same period in 2014, and 1,074 for the same period in 2013.

There were permits issued for 541 multi-family units in the county for the first seven months this year with most of those units – 526 – in St. Peters.

Last year, permits for 62 multi-family permits were issued in the county for the same period in 2017, permits for 286 units for the same period in 2016, permits for 109 units for the same period in 2015, permits for 489 units for the same period in 2014, and permits for 77 units for the same period in 2013.

The statistics are gathered by the St. Charles County Community Development Department and include numbers for the county’s major municipalities.

Single-family housing permits have been a gauge of overall economic health of the county.  For years, the county has been the leader in the number of single-family housing permits issued in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Yet, the number of multi-family units issued through July this year already exceeds annual totals for the county in or four of the last five years.  The highest number of multi-family permits issued annually in the county recently was 883 in 2014.

And the 16 permits for the 526 multi-family units issued in St. Peters means the city has issued more permits for housing units than any other municipality –546 — than any municipality in the county for this seven-month period.

That compares to nine single-family and no multi-family permits issued by St. Peters for the same period in 2017.

St. Peters was once a leader in single-family housing development but available land for new housing is largely gone.  Instead, city officials have seen an increase in apartment development in the city.

Through July this year, Wentzville had issued permits for the second highest housing units — 258 — in the county through this July.

But Wentzville continues to lead municipalities in the number of single-family housing permits issued. But those permits are down from a year ago

In all, 251 single-family and seven multi-family permits were issued in Wentzville through July.  That compares to 390 single-family and 62 multi-family permits for the same period last year.

The city of St. Charles was next with 203 single-family and no multi-family permits issued through July this year compared to 182 single-family and nine multi-family permits for the same period in 2017.

There were 183 single-family and eight multi-family permits issued in O’Fallon during this period, compared to 144 single and eight multi-family permits for the same period last year.

Ninety-four single-family and no multi-family permits were issued in a portion of the county that includes the unincorporated area and Augusta, Weldon Spring and West Alton, compared to 94 single-family and four multi-family permits for the same period in 2017.

Fifty-one single-family and no multi-family permits were issued in the village of St. Paul through July this year.  Josephville had no recorded permits in this category through July 2018.

Last year, St. Paul and Josephville were in an “others” category that also included Foristell, New Melle, Portage des Sioux and Weldon Spring Heights.   The county’s statistics don’t list housing activity in these small communities through July.  Thirty-seven single-family permits and no multi-family housing permits were issued in this others category for the first seven months of 2017.

Other totals for the same period include 67 single family permits issued and no multi-permits issued in Lake Saint Louis, compared to 61 single-family and no multi-family permits for the same period in 2017.

Forty-four single family and no multi-family permits were issued in Cottleville through July, compared to 45 single-family permits for the period through July in 2017.

In Dardenne Prairie, three single-family and no multi-family permits were issued through July this year, compared to 13 single-family and no multi-family permits for the first seven months of 2017.

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