Residential development in Del Norte County over the past 20 years paints a picture of both growth spurts and subsequent periods of limited development.

According to the “Comparison Report for Del Norte County and the Cities Within: 2000-2019,” construction of single-family housing made steady gains from 1999 to 2003.

And in 2003-2004, building activity jumped by 54.79%, only to plummet in 2005-2006 by 65.09%.

That report is compiled by the Construction Industry Research Board (CIRB).

“Since 1954, CIRB, a service provided by the California Homebuilding Foundation, has been the industry’s premier building permit data source for the State of California,” asserts the California Building Industry Association website.

Local construction rebounded in 2006-2007 by going up 108.11%, then dropped during the Great Recession in 2007-2008 by 55.84%, according to the report.

In following years, construction continued mostly to drop. In 2013-2014, it fell by 53.33%.

Then came 2014-2015. Some five years ago, residential building rebounded by 157.14%. And in 2017-2018, construction increased by 87.50%.

From June 2018 through May 2019, home building increased by another 50%.

Meantime, says the CIRB, here’s a picture of multi-family construction in Del Norte County during that 20-year period:

From 1999-2003, relatively few multi-family units were built. But in the 12 months of 2004, 77 units were constructed, according to the report.

Then again in the 2008, 82 units were constructed. In 2011, 64 more were built.

But that was the last surge in multi-family construction, with the number of new buildings in Del Norte County tapering off through May of this year.

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