By Debby Stricker
Construction of new houses in rural areas of Washington County increased by one from 2020 to 2021, according to records of the County Zoning Office.
A total of 20 building permits for single-family residences were issued in 2021, up from 19 the previous year. It is only the second year since 2012 that there was at least 20 permits issued.
People building new houses apparently prefer rural areas than town. The 20 permits issued last year was more than the cumulative number issued by the Village of Okawville, with two, City of Nashville, with none, and City of Ashley, with none.
The County Zoning office issues building permits in unincorporated areas and towns that do not have their own zoning.
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