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Posted on: January 4, 2022

Waukee Issued Record 1,761 Building Permits in 2021

2021 record building permits

Both economic development and residential construction continue to thrive in Waukee. The City of Waukee’s Community Development Department issued a record 1,761 building permits in 2021.

“When you look at Waukee’s 74 percent population growth over the last decade, you can see the development numbers grow rapidly right alongside it,” said Waukee Mayor Courtney Clarke. “The City invested nearly $45 million in adding and improving infrastructure in 2021, knowing that we need the streets, sewers, water lines and more to support this expansion.”

The valuation of the building permits issued by the City in 2021 totals $330.6 million, topping Waukee’s previous record-setting 2020 ($245.7 million). It’s eight times higher than 2011’s number of $42 million, set just one decade ago. 

Of the 1,761 permits issued, a record 672 were for single-family housing, 153 were for townhomes, six were for multi-family developments and 19 were for commercial developments. The remaining permits fall into the “Other” category, including projects such as additions, alterations, decks, etc.

The construction of 672 single-family homes in 2021 marks the highest single-family permit number in Waukee’s history, by far. The previous year’s record was 411. The 2021 single-family permit valuations totaled $219.2 million, which accounts for nearly double last year’s total of $116.6 million. 

“We expected 2021 to be a big year for single-family permits; as the housing market boomed nationally, we knew it would have implications here in Waukee,” said Mayor Clarke. “City officials and staff are thrilled that more people are choosing to call this community home, and we continue to work through budgeting and strategic planning to provide residents with more amenities and safe, connected neighborhoods.”

Commercial growth also remained strong in 2021. Some projects of note include: 

  • KeeTown Loop
  • LOF-Xpress
  • Jiffy Lube
  • Keystone Construction Services
  • Shine Shop Carwash
  • Hyper Energy Bar
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts
  • Elite Eye Care
  • SafeSplash Swim School
  • Kindercare
  • Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh (Hickman Road location)

A full listing of the City of Waukee’s current development projects can be found on this webpage. 

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