Construction boom: Too much, too soon?

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- Business is booming in the home construction industry in the Grand Valley. But is it too much, too soon?

From 2016 to 2017, there was a 52 percent increase in residential home construction. Keeping folks like Rod Porter and Porter Homes busy.

"It can be a short process or it can be a long process," Porter said.

Depending on who you ask, sometimes that process is too quick.

Richard Wihera Lives near the proposed Pinnacle Ridge Subdivision in the Redlands. He and his neighbors petitioned City Council saying they approved dimensions in this hilly area that didn't meet city code.

"They allowed a road to go up behind us here where the code says the road can be 500 feet long with a 10 percent grade and they authorized 13 percent for 800 feet," Wihera said. "The code specifics what size lots should be on hills with this type of slope and their not using those standards."

Grand Junction Council disagreed and ruled against his petition on the issue Wednesday.

And there is always concern the boom can turn into a bust.

"I think anybody who's lived more than 25 years has gone thru a cycle or two," Porter said. "There are highs and lows that's why they called it a cycle."

Bray Real Estate estimates the housing boom in 2017 created 500 new jobs.

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