Housing growth in Carson City returns to pre-recession levels

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) -- New walls are going up in the entire region and some cities are also seeing the numbers of homes being built return to that of mid-2000 levels.

The number of homes approved in Carson City has increased the last two years.

In 2019, a total of 279 homes were approved to be built. But in 2018, the city approved 567. The reason for the increase is a 370-unit apartment complex near Casino Fandango.

The last time the city saw more than 500 homes approved was in 1996.


  • 2019: 279

  • 2018: 567

  • 2017: 125

  • 2016: 194

  • 2015: 42

  • 2014: 28

  • 2013: 32

  • 2012: 10

  • 2011: 14

  • 2010: 77

  • 2009: 22

  • 2008: 63

  • 2007: 44

  • 2006: 274

  • 2005: 163

  • 2004: 216

  • 2003: 179

  • 2002: 390

  • 2001: 373

  • 2000: 277


Lee Plemel, the city’s Community Development Director, says every year they have a cap of how many units are approved. So far it hasn’t gone above that number.

"I think Carson City is well positioned to manage growth with our growth management ordinance,” said Plemel. “We do have to concern ourselves with the pressures that will come along with growth, but I think we are doing pretty well."

Plemel says they expect Carson City's population to rise from 56,000 to 75,000 and that would mean another 8,000 homes are needed. But he says that won’t happen for a few decades.

In 2020, the number of homes that the city can approve is 670.

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