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ID=18609879ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- St. Johns County is seeing a steady increase in the number of new homes going up.

If you look at St. Johns County commission agendas recently, they are chock-full of new neighborhoods that need approval or existing neighborhoods that want to expand.

The sound of construction can be heard throughout many parts of St. Johns County.

Nocatee is one of those places.

Kelly Ray is the Marketing Director for The PARC Group which is developing the Nocatee area.

She said homes are sold daily at Nocatee now. "We have seen a 21 percent increase over last year in new home sales, 21 percent! And we're on pace for even more growth by the end of the year."

St. Johns County officials said the number of permits for single family homes increased more in 2013 than in 2014. However, county numbers show overall building permits for residential and commercial construction are up about 10 percent from fiscal year 2013 to fiscal year 2014.

Numbers also show residential construction spurs commercial construction. Nocatee is seeing that.

"We have a lot of interest so we want to make sure the land is prepared and ready to go for when that interest does come in," Ray said.

County building officials say there seems to be more managed growth now compared to the rapid boom in 2005 and 2006, right before the economic bust.

Ray said it takes research to build for the expected demand.

"There's a level of conservatism that's certainly being seen in our development, but at the same time we want to make sure we're meeting the demand," Ray noted.


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