The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

April 15, 2014

Marion County building permits on the rise

Marion County — It's expected to be a busy construction season around Marion County. According to County Zoning Administrator Missy Poffenbarger, her office has issued 17 building permits since March 18. 

Of those, 14 have been for home construction (new homes or replacement structures). Poffenbarger chose the March 18 date, as that is when the County changed computer programs for the process. The County is preparing to make online building permit applications available to the public. (Look for more on that in another article.) 

"There's a lot of activity going on," Poffenbarger said. 

Marion County Environmental Health Director Cory Frank reported to the Public Health Board on Friday that he had performed 12 site visits in four days. Environmental reviews are required for new construction. 

Over the past two weeks, his department has issued 12 septic permits and performed 18 site visits. In Frank's estimation, there has been more new construction in Marion County over the last five months than in the past five years. 

A new subdivision is being developed near Pella. In Knoxville, construction of 42 affordable family units is expected to begin in 90 days. Jim Bergman, leader of the Knoxville project, reports that there is not much news on the project, other than a great deal of pre-development work, at this time. 

Poffenbarger added that there are new requirements for home construction, which began April 1. Below is information from a flyer Zoning is providing to the public: 

Iowa homebuyers appreciate the comfort and warmth of well-designed, energy-efficient houses.

With the upgrade of Iowa’s statewide energy code, home buyers now have peace of mind knowing that Iowa homes meet the latest standards for energy efficiency. All new houses in Iowa must meet the minimum requirements of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (2012 IECC). This publication is a summary overview of the 2012 IECC for residential construction with Iowa specific amendments. This statewide energy code becomes effective on April 1, 2014 with a grace period until June 1, 2014.

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