HERRIMAN — Herriman city officials are seeing a major housing boom. They said they haven't approved this many new building permits in years.
Herriman has almost 700 available lots within city limits. But the city's chief building official, Jess Bullock, said permits for many of those lots could be gone this fiscal year.
"We're looking at probably between 350 to 500 (permits) for single-family dwellings for the next fiscal year," he said.
Compare that to 2009: Only 45 permits were approved for that entire fiscal year; now, that many are approved every month.
Quick Facts about Herriman
- Estimated population in 2011: 22,201
- Homeownership rate, 2007-2011: 90.5%
- Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2007-2011: $296,800
City Manager Brett Wood said the city was able to build some infrastructure during the lean years.
"We've built pipelines. We've built water tanks for storage not just for water for consumption, but we have to make sure there is enough for fire flow," he said.
There is still quite a lot of work to do before ground can be broken on some of these lots. Plus, city leaders don't want to do too much too soon.
"[We're] being cautious that we don't overcommit ourselves to things we can't maintain after we put them in," he said.