The Leavenworth County Appraiser said Monday that building permits are down throughout the county in the first quarter of 2013.
Bob Weber said there have been 112 building permits received in his office through the first quarter of this year, compared to 143 permits at the same time last year and 137 in that same period in 2011.
“I wouldn't read too much into those numbers,” Weber said. “We had very few at the very beginning of the year. Weather sometimes plays a role in that, not necessarily just the economy.”
According to statistics from the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City, permits are up throughout the area, led by an increase in predominantly new single-family residents.
The city of Basehor led the county in number of housing starts in January, February and March, followed by the city of Leavenworth, according to the HBAGKC.
But there are projects on the horizon that could boost that number in other areas. At its Thursday meeting, the Lansing City Council approved a final plat for the 32-lot Rock Creek Ridge subdivision. The development is the latest in a three-phase single-family housing development on the city's south side.
And while the number of new housing starts might be lower than in the past two years, the number of sales after the first quarter jumped, Weber said ― 234 sales were recorded in Leavenworth County in the first quarter, compared to 225 in 2012 and 197 in 2011.
As for whether either indicator says much about a recovery in the local housing market, Webber said it's likely too early to say.
“We have a few more sales this year, so far,” he said. “Whether we're picking up in sales and building permits will really be determined by the summer, the spring and summer.”