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Examiner
  • Blue Springs housing trending upward

  • If the 2012 Blue Springs Planning Commission annual report shows anything, it is that the economic conditions in the city are continuing to improve.

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  • If the 2012 Blue Springs Planning Commission annual report shows anything, it is that the economic conditions in the city are continuing to improve.
    The report was presented at this week's Planning Commission meeting. Scott Allen, community development director, said there is a sustained increase in building permits for single-family residential construction. There were also 56 application approvals last year, a level not seen since 2009. In 2011, only 22 applications were approved.
    Among the highlights of 2012 were the issuance of 627 building permits and 288 sign permits; the approval of six zoning/rezoning changes; and the approval of eight preliminary plans and nine site plan/design review proposals. In addition, two small annexations were approved in 2012. One is along Mill Drive that is related to the Woods Chapel Road project and another is in Payne’s Estates off Moreland School Road, which was a voluntary annexation request.
    Among the site plan applications were those for Dunkin' Donuts (not yet opened), Walmart Market (under construction with plans to open in May at Missouri 7 and Duncan Road), the Hy-Vee Convenience Gas Station (already opened) and a multi-tenant building at Adams Dairy Landing. This building, which is already completed, includes TJ Maxx, Dress Barn, Ross Dress for Less, Cato’s, Hallmark and Claire’s.
    As for building permits, 677 were issued in 2012, more than the 539 issued in 2011 and the most in four years. Of those, 87 were for new residential dwelling units, also a four-year high.
    Allen said most of these new homes were seen in the Chapman Farms area of south Blue Springs as well as pockets on the north side of the city.
    “We are up across the board,” he said in relation to building permits. “There is a pretty good spike in residential additions. It remains steady. The trend is upward, upward, upward, which is great to see. We had kind of a lull since 2009 as you can imagine with the recession.”
    Not a part of the 2012 annual report was the announcement that Firehouse Subs will be coming to Blue Springs. Although a location has not been finalized, the sandwich restaurant chain is looking at Copperleaf Village on Missouri 7.
    Planning Commission Chair Ken Billups Jr. said he is glad that the numbers are starting to rebound.
    “It is rewarding to see the counts going back up,” he said. “I don’t miss those 10 p.m. meetings, but I do like to be busy and have something to talk about when we get here.”

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