New home construction in Carl Junction has shown consistent growth over the past 10-15 years, attributable to such factors as its location within a vibrant metropolitan economic area. The continued commitment to excellence is exhibited by the Carl Junction R-1 School District (with its expansive K-12) campus located in the city limits), and the area’s natural scenic beauty. The housing market in the Carl Junction area has maintained its reputation as one of the fastest growing communities for its size in the state of Missouri.
Where it was once the usual work load to process an average of 3-4 building permits a year during the 70’s and 80’s, in more recent years the City staff has had to step up efforts significantly to handle today’s volumes that have, on average of 33 a year. The area home builders’ investment in quality design and workmanship in new homes is evident as you drive through the new neighborhoods; in 2014, their estimated construction costs alone on the 21 projects totaled more than $3.1 million with a 10 year average of $4.3 million per year. Even more remarkable is that new home sales of 61 home sales and at least 15 under contract for any given month.
With this growth has come significant improvement in the way Carl Junction works with its developers and builders to provide for the necessities of the families who move into our community. We accomplish this by the special attention given today to professional infrastructure planning, accommodations for innovations (e.g. re-emergence of active solar and passive solar technologies; geo-thermal heating and cooling) and sensible approaches to actually regulating growth via published city codes. Local officials are working to stay atop this surging market demand for new homes while staying focused on health and safety issues.
The outlook is for growth to continue in Carl Junction. The area’s expanding quality education opportunities for education, technical schools and higher education students are viewed by local leaders as key reasons why our families decide to stay and “sink roots” in southwest Missouri. Carl Junction, being a rather sizable strategic geographical component of a much larger market-area with a population of over 500,000 (i.e., Joplin metro, with its $2 billion in estimated annual retail sales), our city is well-positioned to benefit every time a new or expanding business prospect makes a financial commitment to the area.