ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Building permits for Alpharetta in the last three years have steadily risen since 2010, with a marked jump between 2010 and 2011.
There were 339 commercial building permits – for everything from new businesses to office buildings - issued for 2010, a number which jumped to 427 the following year.
In 2012, that number leveled out, dropping slightly to 408.
Residential building permits, which can include new additions to houses or renovations, have also risen. In 2010 there were 279. In 2011 there were 336, which grew to 358 the next year.
For Johns Creek, 2011 saw 165 commercial building permits issued, while the following year saw that number fall dramatically to 26.
So far this year, three have been issued. As could be expected, most of the movement in Johns Creek was on the residential side, with 271 new housing permits issued in 2011, with 143 of those coming from two developments. The following year, 168 new housing permits were issued.
This year looks to be on par with the previous years, with 27 residential building permits issued in January and February. In 2012 for the same period there were 23 and in 2012 there were 17.
While numbers for the city of Milton were not readily available, Community Development Director Kathleen Field said the city has been inundated with applications for building residential homes.
“We have picked up big time,” Field said. “There are lots [of developments] in the pipeline.”
Many of the proposed subdivisions in the city that sat fallow during the recession are moving again, she said.
This article was published in the Revue & News April 3, 2013 edition