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City marks continued growth with release of 2021 Huntsville Development Review

Published on January 26, 2022

New data from the City of Huntsville’s Long-Range Planning Division shows Huntsville continued its trajectory of growth in 2021.

The 2021 Huntsville Development Review, an annual compilation of construction and real estate data published by the City, is now available for the public to review. Data for this report was obtained from City records and the North Alabama Multiple Listing Service (NALMLS).

The document reveals significant increases in residential building permits, certificates of occupancy, additions and alterations, as well as a historic boom in multifamily construction. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said the report’s findings provide a snapshot into Huntsville’s dramatic growth.

“The Huntsville Development Review confirms what we’ve known all along – Huntsville is a strong, healthy community primed for continued success,” he said. “From day one, we’ve set ourselves apart by focusing on smart, manageable growth. We will continue our focus on achieving and handling our growth in infrastructure, housing, jobs and quality of life.”

A few highlights from the Huntsville Development Review include:

  • 62.8% – year-over-year increase in residential building permits
  • 76.7% – year-over-year increase in residential certificates of occupancy
  • 37.4% – year-over-year increase in permits to add or make improvements to existing single-family structures
  • 4,731 – number of multifamily units approved by Huntsville Planning Commission
  • 4,198 – number of single-family residential units sold in the Huntsville city limits in 2021
  • $138.38 – average price per square foot for a single-family home
  • 15 – average number of days on market for homes sold in 2021
  • 708 – number of nonresidential (commercial, office, industrial, etc.) building permits issued in 2021
  • 2,772 – number of housing units added in Huntsville since 2020

City Planner James Vandiver serves as editor of the Huntsville Development Review, which also includes contributions from staff members in the Long-Range Planning, Planning Services, Community Development and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) departments.

“The annual Development Review is truly a team effort,” Vandiver said. “We hope the public finds the report useful, especially as citizens consider buying or selling property, building new structures in or moving to Huntsville.”

Click here to view the 2021 Huntsville Development Review. To submit questions or concerns, please email James.Vandiver@HuntsvilleAL.gov.