June marks year high for building activity in Knightdale

aspecht@newsobserver.comAugust 2, 2013 

RALEIGH

— This eastern Wake town in June issued the third-most residential building permits in Wake County.

Knightdale issued 81 permits, trailing Raleigh’s 112 permits and Cary’s 106 for the most residential activity in June, according to the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County. July data is not yet available.

The town’s June posting is the highest monthly total this year by about 57 permits. Chris Hills, Knightdale planning director, attributed his town’s high numbers to a spending spree by Fred Smith Co. The Clayton-based company took out 52 permits for a group of townhouses it’s building in the Mingo Creek subdivision.

Although the site off Hodge Road is not yet shovel-ready, Fred Smith requested the permits in bulk because Knightdale’s development rates were scheduled to increase on July 1, Hills said.

The fiscal year 2013-2014 budget includes a $25 increase in plat fees, a $20 increase in engineer review fees, a $30 increase in sketch plan review fees, and a $20 increase in construction plan review fees.

“I can’t say an exact number, but I know (requesting the permits before July) resulted in pretty significant savings for them,” Hills said. A representative for Fred Smith Co. did not return calls seeking comment.

The June figures represent a trend for Wake in 2013, according to the local Home Builders Association. Across the county, the number of residential building permits issued was up 19 percent in June and up 42 percent for the first six months of the year.

Knightdale issued 166 residential building permits between January and June – a 44 percent increase from the 115 issued during the same period last year.

Residential permits are also up elsewhere in eastern Wake. Wendell only issued one permit in June. But through the first six months of this year, the town issued 11 permits – 9 more than it had through the same period last year.

Meanwhile, Zebulon issued 51 during the first half of this year – more than five times last year’s production.

Mark Hetrick, Zebulon planning director, said the Weaver’s Pond and Braemar subdivisions accounted for most of Zebulon’s residential permits this year. A different builder has picked up momentum in Weaver’s Pond and is now working on his ninth house, he said.

“There’s a been a lot of interest in Zebulon,” Hetrick said. “We certainly hope that trend will continue.”

Specht: 919-829-4826

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