The number of single-family residential building permits issued in Clovis last year has exceeded the 25-year average for the first time since 2006.
The recovering housing market is attracting new homebuyers and the city’s fee reduction program for infill development have helped drive up the number of building permits, the city said.
At the end of 2013, 854 permits were issued in what the city is calling a “stark turnaround” from 2012 when only 368 permits were given for the construction of new homes.
The lowest number issued since the recession was 334 permits in 2011. Many of the new permits were given for the construction of homes in the Loma Vista area, southeast of Clovis, and Harlan Ranch, northeast of the city, where 11 new projects are underway, the city said.
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The city had 96 permits pulled for infill development, homes built on vacant lots within the city.
In Fresno, the city’s December building report shows that 197 single-family home building permits were given last month compared to 131 in November for a total of 1,160 permits issued in all of 2013.
Fresno's 2012 total was not immediately available.
In the south Valley, building permits were up last year too. Visalia saw a 70% jump in building permits to 429 issued in 2013 compared to 252 permits in 2012.