South Mohave Valley area leads building activity in unincorporated Mohave County

The South Mohave Valley area accounted for the most building permits and valuations in unincorporated Mohave County during 2002, according to figures released Thursday by the county Planning and Zoning Department.

The South Mohave Valley area, which includes Fort Mojave and extends south to Topock, led the county with 1,061 permits valued at more than $34.6 million, according to senior zoning inspector Julie Eddy.

Those totals compared with 1,023 permits with values exceeding $29 million in 2001.

Her department issued 2,732 permits countywide with values exceeding $90.3 million during 2002.

The 2002 permits for the South Mohave Valley area included 239 single-family homes and 154 mobile homes, Eddy said.

The area accounted for the largest share of building permits because of growth patterns and its location in an urban overlay zone, county planner Kevin Davidson said.

The overlay zone means that the county enforces building codes for all structures, including homes.

"You are going to see a preponderance of single-family, stick-built homes," Davidson said.

County Supervisor Tom Sockwell, whose district includes the South Mohave Valley area, said he has not had an opportunity to analyze the annual building figures.

"I think that vacant-land prices have increased quite a bit this year," he said.

While the permits climbed in the South Mohave Valley area, the totals dropped in the Kingman/Butler area, according to Eddy.

Her department issued 305 permits with valuations exceeding $10.4 million during 2002.

They include 54 single-family homes and 97 mobile homes.

In comparison, the Kingman/Butler area accounted for 368 permits with values exceeding $13.5 million during 2001.

Those figures included 52 single-family homes and 95 mobile homes.

The Golden Valley area posted 411 permits with values exceeding $10.1 million during 2002.

They included 31 single-family homes and 170 mobile homes.

During 2001, the Golden Valley area had 343 permits with values exceeding $7.8 million.

The figures included 17 single-family homes and 150 mobile homes.

Building activity in the Lake Havasu City area totaled 247 permits exceeding $9.4 million in valuations during 2002.

They included 68 single-family homes and 40 mobile homes.

That compares with 212 permits exceeding $10.9 million in valuations during 2001.

The totals in 2001 included 46 single-family homes and 32 mobile homes.

The totals for the Dolan Springs/Meadview area were 199 permits with valuations exceeding $5.9 million during 2002.

They included 30 single-family homes and 79 mobile homes.

That compares with 218 permits exceeding $4.6 million in valuations for 2001.

Those figures included 28 single-family homes and 69 mobile homes.