CHARLOTTE – In another sign that the region’s building industry is recovering, the Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement Department is looking to add 17 positions in 2013.
The new jobs will be spread throughout the department, said Patrick Granson, director of permitting and plan review for the county. But the focus of these positions will be on inspection and plan review, Granson said.
“We’re seeing a jump in these larger projects and we’re seeing a little increase in homebuilding,” Granson said. “Those are positive signs for the economy the way we look at it.”
Code Enforcement proposed this hiring plan at Tuesday’s Mecklenburg County Building Development Commission, or BDC, where it was unanimously approved. It has been added to the consent items on the agenda for the Dec. 4 Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners meeting.
“If you look at our reporting to the BDC, it’s been a very solid growth period,” Granson said. “It’s not an overwhelming growth, but it’s a solid base. It’s a trend.”
Granson said that he didn’t have the exact cost of these new positions available, but he expects them to be around $900,000 annually. He said he hopes the have the new employees ready by February.
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