County’s rapid job growth outpaces housing supply

Wisconsin’s annual report
on property tax reveals that
Sheboygan County is significantly outgrowing the state.
The just-completed report revealed strong commercial and
industrial growth in the County.
Sheboygan County added
nearly $160 million in new construction value, or a 5.4 percent
growth rate, over one entire
percentage point faster than the
state of Wisconsin’s growth of
4.1 percent.
Growth across Sheboygan
County was not even. Achieving the lion’s share of development were (in order of percentage growth):
1. Village of Elkhart Lake
2. City of Sheboygan
3. Village of Waldo
4. Village of Oostburg
5. City of Sheboygan Falls
6. Town of Wilson
7. Village of Howards Grove

The bulk of development in
Sheboygan County was commercial development, easily
outgrowing many comparable
areas such as Rock, Fond du
Lac, and Outagamie Counties.
The local growth in commercial was over 30 percent faster
than the state overall. Industrial
development was 230 percent
greater than state average, again
vastly outpacing most comparable areas.
“The growth in industrial
and commercial in highly encouraging. This data aligns perfectly with Sheboygan County’s
recent history. We have seen
tremendous job growth. Our
Achilles Heel remains, that we
are not building enough housing. Even with the boom in
apartments and knowing what is
in the development pipeline, we

still expect a significant housing
shortfall by 2020 worth nearly
$50,000,000 in untapped development,” stated Dane Checolinski, director of the Sheboygan
County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC).
Where Sheboygan County
underperformed was residential
development. Comparing similar data reveals residential new
construction was 40 percent
less than Wisconsin’s average.
Sheboygan County’s new home
construction value was only
$349 per capita, while communities such as Outagamie, Eau
Claire and Brown built well over
$600 of new homes per capita.
Checolinski stated, “It has
become a real dilemma for our
area. Our employers are hiring
many Americans from outside
the area, but available housing
is not keeping up with demand.”

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