VALPARAISO | The construction of new single-family homes in unincorporated areas of Porter County continued an upward swing in 2013, but the market has quite a ways to go to reach the heights seen nearly a decade ago.
The Porter County Plan Commission office issued 183 permits for single family homes last year, which was up from the 146 issued the year prior and the lows of 100 during the period around 2007, said Executive Director Robert Thompson.
"We are seeing a climb back out, which is good," he said.
These numbers pale in comparison to the 618 single-family home permits issued by the county in 2005, Thompson said. That high came on the heels of the county issuing 450 single-family home permits in a typical year from 1990 to 2000, he said.
This recovery in the single-family home market is in keeping with the trend nationwide, though Porter County is typically a couple years behind whether the movement is up or down, Thompson said.
The largest number of single-family home permits issued last year went to Center Township (51), followed by Union Township (46), Porter Township (21) and Liberty Township (20), he said.
The bulk of the new permits are for homes valued in the $250,000 to $300,000 range, he said. There appears to be less higher valued custom homes.
The upward trend in single-family home construction appears to be continuing this new year.
The Porter County Plan Commission is scheduled to hear a request Wednesday for primary plat approval for the proposed 40-lot Prairie at Aberdeen subdivision in Union Township.
There is also a 30-acre residential development in the pipeline for Liberty Township, Thompson said.