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Posted on: October 8, 2019

RELEASE: 19-090 - Lebanon sees boom in growth indicators

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RELEASE: 19-090

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Lebanon sees boom in growth indicators


As the City of Lebanon enters the fourth quarter of 2019, officials are seeing huge gains in construction and code enforcement numbers.

At this point in 2018, the city had issued 10 residential building permits, this year the City has issued 31. City officials attribute the increase in construction to new housing incentives created by the Lebanon City Council in the spring. The resolution authorized City staff to waive development fees for residential construction on up to 25 existing lots. Homes must be priced at or below $200,000 to qualify for the program.

The program also offers incentives for builders to remove and replace condemned structures. At this point in 2018, 15 condemned structures had been removed. This year, the number is 35.

In 2018 the City Council conducted a citizen satisfaction survey which indicated code enforcement as a top priority for residents. The council listened and made code enforcement a top priority increasing the Codes Administration Department staff by more than 50%.

This year, Codes Administration has issued 559 nuisance letters, 339 year-to-date more than the 220 issued annually the past five years.

"Our residents have spoken, and the council has listened. We have been working diligently to listen to our residents and create conditions that foster growth in the City," said Mayor Jared Carr. "This is just the beginning of many great things in the future for the city."

Michael Schumacher, City administrator, agreed.

"Lebanon is growing and is open for business," he said. "We are dedicated to supporting our residents and our business community."


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