Building permits in Gage County were down slightly in 2019 compared to the previous year, but were still higher than the average yearly figure.
Gage County Planning and Zoning Administrator Lisa Wiegand said for 2019 there were 118 permits filed, compared to 130 in 2018.
“It’s above average and I think part of it was the way the seasons were,” Wiegand said. “Work continued through the fall and winter months so permits continued to come in. We could continuously see growth and fairly large projects come in.”
The list from 2019 included four permits for wind towers, though at least two of those are no longer planned for construction.
“Two of those were canceled as they were preparing,” Wiegand said. “Two of them are current, however one project, I believe, they’re not going forward with so in the end we’ll end up with one met tower in Gage County right now, that being in Hanover township. Nothing has changed there.”
Last year there were 48 ag permits, 19 subdivides of real estate, 22 new homes or large additions and 25 smaller additions such as decks or storage sheds. The figures shared are for rural Gage County, and do not include cities or villages.
Gage County generated nearly $18,000 from permit fees last year.
“Total cost as far as income that came in is listed as $17,843,” Wiegand said. “We charge $3 per $1,000, and that’s a building cost on a main floor of a new home. Agriculture is protected by state statute so we can only charge an administration fee for that. Grain bins, storage shed, whatever that might me it’s a flat $50.”
Wiegand added there were around five instances last year where permit fees were waived as the result of hardships, such as rebuilding a structure following a fire or storm.