Building permits are on the rise in Rifle |

Building permits are on the rise in Rifle

John GardnerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE On Wednesday, Rifle City Council unanimously approved the first draft of the Rifle Creekside Estates subdivision in north Rifle. It’s not that uncommon of a happening in the western Garfield County town these days.”It’s full steam ahead,” said Wayne Pollard of the Pollard Team Realtors in Rifle.The shortage of housing in Rifle has made it ripe for subdivision developers and construction contractors. Work is plentiful in western Garfield County for home construction.Pollard said plans for the Rifle Creekside Estates consist of 98 duplexes (in 49 buildings) and 24 single-family houses covering approximately 40 acres of property.The town is growing by leaps and bounds, and that’s no stretch of the imagination.According to Rifle City Planner Jason Naess, the building department has been very busy this year with permit applications.”People are still moving forward with some really large developments,” Naess said. “As long as the demand is here it will keep going forward.”Through April of this year, the city of Rifle has seen 160 submitted building permits by developers or homeowners wanting to upgrade their homes. That is a huge jump compared to 2006, when 85 permits were submitted through April and there were 223 permits issued for the entire year.Rifle’s city engineer, Charlie Stevens, said that Rifle still has excess capacity in the wastewater facilities and that the water supply still has enough storage to last Rifle, even with all the new growth, for close to the next five years.”We’re still OK,” Stevens said.Plans for the new wastewater plant are about 60 percent complete, and Stevens expects those to be completed by August this year. Construction is planned to start around October, and the new additions to those facilities will allow Rifle to prosper well into the future.”That should give us about 10 years capacity with no expansions,” Stevens said.Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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