Residential permits remain steady during first-half of 2020

Aerial photo of Canyon Springs apartments under construction in April 2020 (staff photo)
Canyon Springs apartments under construction, April 2020 (staff photo)

Residential construction remains steady in Henry County despite the Coronavirus pandemic. Through the first two quarters of 2020, new building permits are up 1.82% compared to the first two quarters of 2019.

Nearly sixty percent of new permits have been issued in unincorporated Henry County. A few examples of subdivisions under construction include Broder Farm off Flippen Road, the expansion of Pembrooke Park on Willow Lane, and Jonesboro Road at McCullough Road.

McDonough continues to lead in new permits among the four cities, followed by Locust Grove. This trend has held consistent since 2018, when Moving Henry Forward started reporting permit numbers. New residential construction remains low in Hampton and Stockbridge.

Jurisdiction1Q 20192Q 20193Q 20194Q 2019Total
Total Henry County4043655325151,816
Unincorporated187148352*211898
Hampton21423048
Locust Grove71786775304
McDonough10010272172446
Stockbridge25201857120
Jurisdiction1Q 20202Q 2020Total
Total Henry County406377783
Unincorporated266194460
Hampton055
Locust Grove5458112
McDonough6891159
Stockbridge182947

Source: US Department of Housing and Urban Development
*number includes 132 permits for Canyon Springs apartments off Jonesboro Road

Comparison to Other Counties

How does the number of permits issued in Henry County compare to surrounding counties? The chart below shows the number of permits issued during the first-half of 2020 from a selection of counties.

The third column — Permits per 10,000 residents — scales the number of permits issued with respect to individual counties’ population. Forsyth County leads this metric out of the selected counties, followed by Cherokee County.

CountyPermits Issued
1–2Q 2020
Permits per
10,000 residents
Butts County6726.9
Cherokee County94536.5
Clayton County39413.5
Cobb County1,46719.3
Coweta County46631.4
DeKalb County81810.8
Fayette County24221.1
Forsyth County1,00441.1
Fulton County2,21620.8
Gwinnett County1,94320.8
Henry County78333.4
Newton County37834.5
Spalding County11016.6

Permits Source: US Department of Housing and Urban Development
Population Source: Wikipedia, 2019 estimates