For a few years the Sylvania Township zoning department kept a close eye on single-family housing unit permits, hoping to hit 100 for the year.
Hopes were high in 2014, but the final tally ended at 92, The next year was even more tantalizing, but fell just short with a total of 98. The goal was reached in 2016, when the 100th permit was issued on the last business day of the year. Last year the total again fell short of the mark with a total of 93.
This year, there will be no nervous pacing in late December, the century mark was passed without acclaim somewhere in the midst of October and ended the month with a total 114 permits issued so far in 2018.
Although there is no specific correlation, it is generally thought that housing permits are an indication of the health of the local economy.
In the last 20 years, the record high is 256 in 2004. The low is 28, set in 2009.
Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer
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