During 2012, permitting for 556 single-family houses worth $126.6 million in unincorporated Lee County was up 49 percent over the previous year, and up 68 percent compared to 2009, when home building hit a historic low.
Permitting for 189 new multi-family units was up 35 percent over 2011 and 141 percent over the historic low set in 2009, according to the Lee County Department of Community Development.
Although permitting for general commercial structures - valued at nearly $62.5 million - was down 49 percent over 2011, Mary Gibbs, director of Lee County Community Development, noted that 2011 commercial permitting spiked with construction of JetBlue Park and Park Royal Hospital.
Commercial permitting in 2012 was up 46 percent when compared to 2010 - the year when historic commercial lows were set in unincorporated Lee County.
"We are encouraged to see a continuing - although modest - trend toward growth," Gibbs said.
During December, contractors pulled 57 permits to build single-family houses collectively valued at more than $9.8 million in unincorporated Lee County.
That compares to 44 permits issued in November and six issued in December 2011.
Also in December, 15 multi-family units were permitted, compared to 20 in November and six in December 2011.
General commercial activity was valued at $517,636, compared to $3.7 million in November and more than $7 million in December 2011.
During December, Lee County Community Development issued 2,263 permits of all kinds for a total of 32,261 in 2012, up 10 percent from 2011.
Lee County Community Development oversees planning, zoning, development and building services, environmental review, building inspection, and code enforcement for the unincorporated areas of Lee County.
To learn more about the department and its services, visit online at: www.lee-county.com/dcd/.