Although it did not involve any action on the part of Northumberland County’s board of supervisors at its meeting in Heathsville Thursday, the release of the annual report for the county for 2018 was perhaps the most important item on the agenda.
Compiled by the Office of Building and Zoning, the report shows that new construction in the county was the same as 2017, 43 buildings, their total value was $22,375,544 compared with $25,116,719 in 2017. The decrease in value was attributable to the lesser cost of many of the buildings. Seven of the 201 buildings were double wides, a 250 percent increase over 2017. Modulars were also up by 50 percent while single family dwellings fell by 15 percent.
Stewart MacKenzie of the Land Use Office said the increase in the more modest dwellings was a good thing as affordable housing is needed in the county.
Fairfield District had more structures, 19, erected than any other district. Wicomico was next with 11. All of the buildings went on in either residential zones or in an agricultural zone.
During 2018, two boat houses were built and three piers, 20 on the Potomac and one on the Chesapeake Bay.
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