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Williston: Housing Permits & Affordability

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Williston construction permit values in January increased by 85 percent over the year.

The first month of 2014, 43 permits were issued with a total value of $27.6 million.

While permit numbers were up in 2013, permit value was down.

Jennifer Kleen tells us if the growth in Williston has a plateau in sight.

(Kelly Aberle, Williston Building Department) "Slowing up? No. It's not. It's just going in a different direction."

Boomtown expansion laid a clear foundation in Williston building permit numbers in 2007.

(Kelly Aberle, Williston Building Department) "There's money to be made here and that's why everyone is here."

Seven years ago, 339 construction permits were issued with a value of $42 million.

In 2013, 696 permits were issued for a value of $353 million.

Permit numbers continue to rise, however values fell in 2013.

(Kelly Aberle, Williston Building Department) "If you look at the numbers the values are lower than last year but we just had so many large projects. We had the rec center. We had oil field complexes, a lot of commercial projects and now we're seeing more homes, single family homes that are coming in this year."

Apartments are on a vertical trend.

There are nearly 3,000 apartment units in Williston.

Half of those were added last year in the 45 NEW apartment buildings built in 2013.

(Kelly Aberle, Williston Building Department) "Before the boom hit, the last apartment building was built in 1983. So from 1983-2007 we did not have any new apartment buildings."

'New' is part of the affordability problem, and the solution.

(Jeff Zarling, DAWA Solutions Group) "The fact that we're paying $280,000 for a house that was built in 1952 that has 11-hundred square feet, that's the affordability problem. Not the new construction at $320,000. The real problem is that we don't have enough housing stock to have the appropriate price on the existing stock."

With the big pieces in place and no slow down in sight, those load barring numbers bracing confidence for officials aiming to frame-in affordability.

In Williston, Jennifer Kleen, KX News.

Zarling says in 2012, housing goals were out of reach due to the need for water, sewer and streets.

The Western Area Water Supply project had a big part in closing the infrastructure gap.

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