For the third consecutive fiscal year, the City of Waukee’s Development Services Department issued a record number of building permits. Waukee Mayor Bill Peard cites Waukee’s desirable quality of life, sense of community and availability of developable land as contributing factors to the growth.
From July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, the City issued 1,054 building permits with a total valuation of $180.8 million. That number surpasses last fiscal year’s 815 permits and valuation of $131 million.
Of the permits issued, 354 were for single-family housing, 172 were for townhomes, six were for multi-family housing and 38 were for commercial projects. The remaining 484 permits fall into the “Other” category, including projects such as additions, alterations, decks, etc.
“More than half of the valuation in FY 2016 came from single-family homes,” said Development Services Director Brad Deets. “With 354 single-family permits recorded, it’s almost as if one house went up in Waukee every single day of the fiscal year. That’s a lot of rooftops.”
Commercial permits are also on the rise. Waukee’s largest commercial construction projects in the past 12 months include Traditions Daycare, Central Plaza, Storage Masters, The Goddard School, and the Waukee Community School District Transportation and Logistics Center, and Kettlestone’s new Kum & Go store.
“We’re pleased with the $9.4 million in commercial development this last year,” said Mayor Bill Peard. “As interest in the Kettlestone Development and the Hickman Corridor continues, we think those numbers will only go up. With that, we expect to see great increases in personal and professional services for Waukee residents.”