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February 22, 2019

1/31/2019 4:14:00 PM
Permit valuations get boost with big ticket projects
Pictured above, building permit activity includes the Buddist temple site, north of Chisago City.  See story.
Pictured above, building permit activity includes the Buddist temple site, north of Chisago City.  See story.

Permit and land use application revenue for 2018 topped what the county projected it would be by 32 percent.  Leading the pack  as a grouping were 11 county-issued solar array permits.

Elsewhere;  in parts of the  county that issue their own permits and do their own inspections, the leader was North Branch, with 73 single family dwellings permitted.

County permit income for 2018 was $91,000 or 132 percent of budgeted.  

Although single family dwelling activity was down (by just two units) there were multiple millions of dollars worth of  public school construction projects in Lindstrom and Chisago City, where county building officials are contracted at this time.  Peterson Companies pulled an expensive permit in Chisago City. The addition on Wyoming Trail was valued at $2 million.

Plastic Products in Lindstrom undertook a full-blown remodel of the former Smith Metals for a new corporate headquarters valued at $750,000.  Lindstrom saw a new mini-storage built off Lake Lane, value was estimated at $500,000 and there was a new Lakes Region EMS base constructed,  also in Lindstrom,  valued at $500,000.  There was a temple permitted for the next phase of projects serving a religious community,  in the township north of Chisago City, valued at $240,000.

County Zoning and Environmental Services Director Kurt Schneider recently presented permit activity and a valuations summary for the county commissioners.   The finished valuation of just county-processed commercial and institutional permits was almost $47 million.

As for 2018 single family housing and general county permit activity like roofing, new decks, outbuildings, etc. Schneider said county issued permit numbers seem to be “leveling off.”  The single family dwellings are down from 143 to 141, but commercial activity was up by 16 permits from 2017.  

The county statistics do not include cities like Wyoming, Stacy, North Branch and Taylors Falls, which do their own permitting and inspections.

The city of North Branch had 73 single family dwellings as part of the annual permit activity summarized for the city council.   

North Branch took in 578 total permits (small improvements, roofs,  to commercial) in 2018, for a valuation total of $37,113,110, according to the annual data from Carla Vita, city development director.  


Wyoming is the another busy permit area.  

City Building Official Fred Weck said there’s quite a few potential plats in the hopper including possibly 270 single family lots where the old Greenwod Golf Course is, west of Village Inn.  This project includes 50 acres  designated for commercial.  It is in the Environmental Assessment Worksheet draft stage and public comment should be announced shortly.

Other Wyoming plats that have been “on the shelf” are expected to get active,  and could bring another 100 units,  scattered around Wyoming.  

Anticipating these developments, Wyoming city is advertising for a building inspector.  Inquire at city hall or see the website.

Weck reports 33 single family dwelling permits were pulled in 2018.  The city saw 43 heating and plumbing and smaller commercially- classified permits in 2018.

Valuation for all 313 permits overall, including fencing, roofing, etc. was estimated at $13.5 million.  The city is still not to the valuations it charted in 2006, however.



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