The city of Hutto has issued more than 200 new housing permits over the past six months — roughly the same amount approved in each of the past two years.
City staffers expect the building boom to continue through the rest of this year. While the majority of the permits are within existing residential subdivisions that continue to build out, the city is beginning to receive submissions for new projects as well.
“Hutto is once again growing at a rapid pace similar to what was experienced in the mid-2000s,” Debbie Holland, mayor of the 20,000-person city, said in a prepared statement. “People are moving to Hutto because of its small town charm, sense of community, safety, quality and affordable homes, and the booming local economy.”
Last year the city issued 226 new residential building permits, up from 189 in 2011.
Aside from the residential growth, the city will see the the 110,000-square-foot East Williamson County Higher Education Center open its doors this fall. The facility, stemming from a partnership between Temple College and Texas State Technical College, will be the first building on a 56-acre campus in Hutto.
Also under construction is the 27,000-square-foot Hutto Family YMCA slated to open early next year.
“Becoming a self-sufficient city is one of the strategic goals identified by the City Council,” Holland said. She added: “We on (the) council are working hard to capitalize on this growth by bringing jobs and additional retail opportunities to town.”