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(Neb)-Chadron Building Permits Down From 2016 and 2017 Levels

By: John Axtell Posted at: 01/08/2019 12:28 PM
CHADRON - The city of Chadron issued fewer building permits with less valuation last year than in the two previous years, but officials aren't concerned.

      Building and Zoning Officer Janet Johnson says the 2018 totals of 32 permits for projects valued at $3.3-million dollars were actually pretty normal after 2 very busy years in 2016 and 2-17.

      Chadron issued 8 permits for commercial projects totaling $2.6-million dollars last year, with the new Seventh Day Adventist Church accounting for the bulk of the value.

     That's well below the 13 permits worth $12.7-million in 2017and 11 permits valued at $10.4-million in 2016, but Johnson says those 2 years included the start of construction of the new football stadium at Chadron State College and the Holiday Inn Express hotel, among other projects.

     Last year saw 20 residential permits - 1 for a new house, 12 for additions or alterations, 1 for a manufactured home, 2 for carports, and 4 for garages.

     That's 6 fewer remodeling projects than in 2017 and 4 fewer than 2016, while the garage total was down by 4 and 10 from the 2 preceeding years. Johnson sees that as just a statistical blip affected by a variety of factors.

     New housing remains a bit of a concern with permits for just 8 single-family homes and 5 for duplexes or other multi-family homes over the past 5 years. Johnson wishes there had been more, but is happy to have at least some.

    Chadron issues building permits for projects both within the city limits and the 2-mile area outside the city limits over which it has zoning jurisdiction.


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