All you have to do is drive around Grand Junction and you can see the signs of an economy starting to rebound. Construction is everywhere, and nowhere is it more evident than in the new home market.
In 2017, Community Development approved 539 planning clearances for new residential dwelling units which was an increase of 58 new units or a 12% increase over 2016. All planning clearances related to residential development saw an annual increase of 38%. The City annexed 12.26 acres of residential property, 3.6 acres of commercial property and 2.14 miles of roadway.
The map above illustrates the hot spots for new home construction in 2017. The map shows a concentration of activity to the north near 25 and F ½ Road (Copper Creek North and Heritage Heights Subdivisions), to the east near 30 and D ½ Road (Pear Park North, Apple Acres, Wexford Estates and Rivertrail Subdivisions), near 29 and B ½ Road (Mountain View Estates Subdivision) and within the Spyglass Subdivision near 27 and B Road.
In total, 1,726 new subdivision lots were submitted for review by the City in 2017. Of those, 283 new lots were approved, 316 were withdrawn from review and the remaining 1,127 are still under review. Of the new subdivision lots submitted for review, 986 of the proposed lots were submitted for review during the 4th quarter of 2017. Of those lots, 625 are attributed to the proposed Mosaic development (23 and H Road) that were submitted in late November. These lots are contained within 31 subdivisions and 19 simple subdivisions.
Community Development Director Tamra Allen states, “Our staff are busy, plain and simple. We are seeing single family residential development at a level that has not been seen since 2007 and the projects the City is seeing are not the easy ones. Many developments are being proposed on challenging sites or in areas where neighboring residences are not interested in seeing an urban level of development take place.”
The City contracts with Mesa County for building permitting services and they have seen an overall increase in residential home construction within the City limits of 52% between 2016 and 2017.
The Community Development Department, which employs a staff of 10 recently filled a vacant Development Engineer position. That position will be a be a key player in keeping up with current project demand. The City has also begun the process of recruiting for a new planner position that the City hopes to be filled in the first quarter of the year and will assist in keeping up with the quickly increasing demand for planning and development services.
For more information on the Community Development Department and the variety of services they provide to the community, visit the website at www.gjcity.org/residents/Community-Development/.
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