Experiencing an upturn in construction, Apple Valley is planning to hire an additional building inspector to keep up with the demand for building permits.
It’s a turnaround for the city, which cut its inspection staff from three to two in 2011 because building activity had fallen off.
In the past two years, however, construction has picked up again, reaching a value of $49 million in 2013.
Last year, the city gave permits for the construction of 68 new single-family homes. Several new housing subdivisions are scheduled for development over the next three years, Todd Blomstrom, public works director, said in a briefing for the City Council.
“Additional commercial and multifamily [housing] development is also anticipated to occur over the next two years,” Blomstrom said. “Staff has growing concerns that the anticipated building permit workload will exceed the capacity of existing building inspection resources.”
City Planner Tom Lovelace said the city is seeing increases in development in both housing and industrial sectors.
Last year, the city approved the creation of 150 new residential lots, indicating that developers see new opportunity in the housing market, Lovelace said.
Two apartment buildings with a combined 322 units are awaiting groundbreaking and a 214-unit care facility for seniors is in the approval pipeline, Lovelace said. In the past six months, 127,000 square feet of industrial property has been approved by the city as well.
Chief deputy will run for sheriff in November
Dakota County Chief Deputy Tim Leslie said Tuesday that he will run for county sheriff in the November elections.
Current Sheriff Dave Bellows said last week that he will not seek another term.
Leslie called Bellows “my mentor” and said the sheriff’s job needs “a proven leader, someone with extensive experience, a personal connection with Dakota County and someone who will relentlessly safeguard taxpayer dollars.”
Leslie was appointed chief deputy, the sheriff’s office’s second-in-command, by Bellows in 2010. Previously Leslie was assistant commissioner of the state Department of Public Safety and had worked for the St. Paul Police Department for more than 20 years.
Leslie said he and his wife have lived in Dakota County for almost 30 years.
Home show March 14-15
The Eagan Civic Arena will host its 15th Home & Leisure Show March 14 and 15 and is now accepting vendor registrations for the event.