City: Twin Falls Is Growing Despite Rumors Saying Otherwise


By Paul Johnson
By Brittany Cooper

UPDATE: Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) There's been some talk around Twin Falls that the city is not growing.

The City wants to halt those rumors with facts from the Twin Falls Building Department.

Looking at year-to-date numbers, new single family permits issued have increased 12.5% over last year.

City spokesman Josh Palmer anticipates that to continue over the months ahead.

"We do want to stress to our citizens that we will continue to have sustained growth, so we will plan our growth, it won't be something that's a reckless maneuver, but one where we will accommodate citizens coming in and we want to make sure we still maintain our quality of lifestyle that we have," explains Palmer.

Commercial construction remains light, but Palmer expects that to change during the summer months, especially with the addition of Clif Bar.

ORIGINAL STORY: Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - New construction continues to see gains. That’s according to the city of Twin Falls Building Department. Building activity overall saw increases with the largest noted in residential construction. According to the monthly building permit report released by the City of Twin Falls it shows that year-to-date single family home construction grew 12.5 percent compared to the same time last year. From Jan. 1 through Feb. 28, 2014, the City of Twin Falls issued 54 new home construction permits, compared to 48 new home permits during the first two months of 2013.

In addition to the increase in the number of new home permits, the City also a saw an increase in the value of the new home construction. The City estimated the value of residential construction during the month of February to be more than $2.1 million, or about twice the value of new home construction during the same month last year.

Although City did not see similar increases in commercial construction during February, the City expects to see more commercial construction as new employers such as Chobani and Clif Bar & Co. expand or build new facilities – creating more jobs and more disposable income in Magic Valley. However, the City expects to see continued growth in both residential and commercial construction during coming months, as employers continue to expand and invest in the community.

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