11,282 Home Lots

Johnston County Planning Director Barry Gray (standing right) at a recent Johnston County Board of Commissioners meeting. JoCoReport.com Photo

At the end of August a total of 11,282 single family home lots are in the inventory of contractors and developers in Johnston County but have not yet been built upon.  The latest numbers on subdivision lots and growth was presented by Johnston County Planning Director Berry Gray to Johnston County Commissioners during their September 5th meeting.

Gray said a total of 27 major subdivision have been approved so far this year, up from 26 at the same time in 2016. However the total number of lots is actually lower – 797 – compared to 1,376 August of last year.  A total of 131 small subdivisions have been approved in 2017, more than the 92 approved by the end of August in 2016.

The existing number of 11,282 lots approved for construction in Johnston County could go even higher. Gray said developers are working on two projects that haven’t formally been presented to the planning department for review, but the two projects combined would total 500 new lots.

Johnston County officials have no plans to slow down residential development but hinted at their Sept. 5th meeting they may look at decreasing the density of the new lots. This could force builders to install septic tanks on new home lots instead of relying upon county sewer which is near capacity.  Instead of 2 to 3 homes per acre, it could reduce the density to about 1 home per acre.

Since 2003, the county has connected 4,149 homes onto county sewer.

Developers had 11,112 lots in inventory on August 1, 2017. During the month of August an additional 170 lots were adding bring the total number of residential building lots approved for construction to 11,282. Some of those lots have been recorded for years and there is no indication when they will be developed.

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  • Lyn Williams

    So there’s a total of 11,782 lots in ‘inventory’ (read that ‘hasn’t been sold for years’). Since 2003 only 4149 have been sold (oh I’m sure a few have private sewage…but this is plenty close). That is 14 years…or 296 lots sold per year. So at the current sales rate there’s just under FORTY YEARS worth in ‘stock’. In other words they aren’t selling. Usually when something isn’t selling its one or more of these factors: price, location, maintenance cost, TAX BURDEN, REGULATION BURDEN, and SERVICES RECEIVED FOR TAXES PAID. When I first moved to Johnston County in 1981 it wasn’t such a bad deal. The tax burden was still higher than WAKE COUNTY even then, but the services and the regulation burden weren’t all that bad. In other words we got something for our money. Since then we have been regulated out of OUR LIVES, Services have been all but completely done away with. If you can’t read between the lines here it is plain and simple: OUR SYSTEM IS BROKEN. IT DOESN’T WORK.

    • Duane McKay

      There is a LOT of area in JoCo that doesn’t have sewer. To think there have only been 4149 lots sold since 03 because that is all that have been added to the sewer system is rather short sighted, and frankly wrong.

      I do however agree that our tax to service ratio is too high.

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  • Lyn Williams

    So there’s a total of 11,782 lots in ‘inventory’ (read that ‘hasn’t been sold for years’). Since 2003 only 4149 have been sold (oh I’m sure a few have private sewage…but this is plenty close). That is 14 years…or 296 lots sold per year. So at the current sales rate there’s just under FORTY YEARS worth in ‘stock’. In other words they aren’t selling. Usually when something isn’t selling its one or more of these factors: price, location, maintenance cost, TAX BURDEN, REGULATION BURDEN, and SERVICES RECEIVED FOR TAXES PAID. When I first moved to Johnston County in 1981 it wasn’t such a bad deal. The tax burden was still higher than WAKE COUNTY even then, but the services and the regulation burden weren’t all that bad. In other words we got something for our money. Since then we have been regulated out of OUR LIVES, Services have been all but completely done away with. If you can’t read between the lines here it is plain and simple: OUR SYSTEM IS BROKEN. IT DOESN’T WORK.

    • Duane McKay

      There is a LOT of area in JoCo that doesn’t have sewer. To think there have only been 4149 lots sold since 03 because that is all that have been added to the sewer system is rather short sighted, and frankly wrong.

      I do however agree that our tax to service ratio is too high.