LEHI -- Lehi is the "Little Engine that Could" when comparing Utah city residential construction.

First in 2012 for the 963 dwelling construction permits issued with South Jordan coming in second at 906, Lehi is trailing Ogden -- population 84,000 -- in the first quarter of 2013 by just three.

"In the reports I saw we were ranked No. 1, we are averaging about 51 residential permits a month. That's not total permits, that is just residential permits," said Doug Meldrum, Lehi economic development director.

The north Utah County community of 50,000 is consistently chugging up ahead of or just behind larger cities.

According to a quarterly report issued by Construction Monitor, Lehi was ranked second by looking at the number of residential units actually built, with 1,021 for the fourth quarter of 2012.

Salt Lake City led out with 1,099 that quarter. That number of new residential units included single family homes, apartments and condominiums,

Most of Lehi's growth was seen in single family homes, Lehi administrator Derek Todd said, while the majority of the growth in Salt Lake City was the result of new apartments and condominiums.

According to the University of Utah's Bureau of Economic and Business Research, Lehi was ranked first based on the number of dwelling construction permits issued.

Whether by the number of building permits issued or later by home construction completed, Todd said the city is poised and ready for new growth. "Lehi city's fast growth does not appear to be slowing down any time soon," Todd said.

Named the population epicenter in Utah nearly a decade ago, Todd said the Lehi area is establishing itself as a major epicenter of economic activity. Lehi officials and municipal staff have worked proactively and will continue to work at building upon the growth it is experiencing, he said.

The Traverse Mountain area in particular has seen rapid growth since the Adobe expansion and the Xactware construction began, he said.

-- Cathy Allred covers 11 cities and towns in north Utah County and is responsible for Our Towns announcements. Send your school, civic, city and business news to northutahcountynews@gmail.com for Daily Herald publication. You can follow her blog at NorthUtahCounty.com.
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