2020 turned out to be a banner year for new home construction in Walker County with no legal personality. In fact, it was the best of the decade.

Data collected by the Walker County Planning Bureau shows that the number of permits issued to build new single-family homes increased 17% year over year. Housing starts increased from 128 units in 2019 to 150 in 2020.

Much of the growth took place in unincorporated areas near Chickamauga, LaFayette, and Flintstone-Chattanooga Valley. Home builders moved 40 permits around Chickamauga, 36 permits outside of LaFayette, and 27 permits directly across the state line from Chattanooga, Tennessee, in the Flintstone-Chattanooga Valley community.

The average new home size in Walker County rose to 2,514 square feet last year.

Additionally, the average construction cost increased to $ 211,753 per home, an increase of $ 35,980 from 2019. The total valuation of all homes built in 2020 exceeded $ 31 million.

While the 2020 addition of 150 homes bumped recent historical data for Walker County, it could serve as a stepping stone for future growth. “On some developments, including the one on Happy Valley Road, I wouldn’t be surprised if we double that number in 2021,” said Shannon Whitfield, chairman of the Walker County Board of Commissioners.

The county recently approved a proposed unit development on the corner of Happy Valley Road and Battlefield Parkway. Over the next five to seven years, almost 500 houses are to be built on the 167 hectare property. The first construction phase with 55 units is expected to begin in the spring of this year.

Walker County Single Family Home Permits – 2011-2020
2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
150 128 124 135 123 86 73 61 46 48