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Single-family Home Permits

March 02, 1990|Clipboard researched by Kathie Bozanich and Janice L. Jones / Los Angeles Times; Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times

Helped by the lowest December total in four years, building permits for single-family homes fell to an even 8,000 in 1989. That total was easily the lowest for any of the last four years--31% below 1988's total, 15% below 1987 and 18% less than 1986.

By far the largest decline in permit activity occurred in the county's unincorporated areas, where there were 49% fewer permits issued than in 1988. In the cities, major declines took place in Yorba Linda, Huntington Beach, San Clemente and Tustin--where permits dropped from nearly 500 to zero in 1989. The most significant increases were in Mission Viejo and Anaheim.

Total Total 1988-'89 City 1988 1989 Difference Unincorporated areas 6,409 3,251 -3,158 Yorba Linda 1,375 645 -730 Huntington Beach 865 225 -640 Tustin 480 0 -480 San Clemente 555 317 -238 La Habra 6 89 -83 San Juan Capistrano 251 184 -67 Fountain Valley 100 38 -62 Garden Grove 70 17 -53 Placentia 67 18 -49 Newport Beach 147 99 -48 Irvine 110 71 -39 La Palma 33 5 -28 Westminster 9 3 -6 Seal Beach 21 21 No change Villa Park 25 25 No change Brea 2 4 +2 Los Alamitos 2 4 +2 Stanton 0 2 +2 Cypress 4 18 +14 Orange 356 370 +14 Laguna Beach 45 65 +20 Costa Mesa 75 108 +33 Santa Ana 24 85 +61 Fullerton 17 147 +130 Buena Park 11 161 +150 Anaheim 224 901 +677 Mission Viejo 231** 1,007 +776 Dana Point N/A 120 -- Laguna Niguel N/A N/A -- COUNTY TOTAL 11,514 8,000 -3,514

** Includes July-December only N/A: Information not available Note: For 1988, Dana Point and Laguna Niguel included in unincorporated area data; Dana Point data for 1989 includes June-December. 24-MONTH PERMIT TREND June 1988: 2,305 July 1988: 181 December 1989: 690 FIVE-COUNTY COMPARISON The slump in single-family home building permits issued here in 1989 also reached into two of the surrounding counties. Both Riverside and San Diego counties issued far fewer such permits during 1989 than 1988. Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, however, both registered gains while statewide there was virtually no change.

1988-'89 % of 1989 Total Total Percentage 5-County County 1988 1989 Change Total Los Angeles 18,023 23,449 +30 29 Orange 11,514 8,000 -31 10 Riverside 29,689 22,008 -26 27 San Bernardino 14,514 16,142 +11 20 San Diego 14,749 10,951 -26 14 Five-County Total 88,489 80,550 +9 100 STATE TOTAL 162,167 162,140 * --

% of 1989 State County Total Los Angeles 14 Orange 5 Riverside 14 San Bernardino 10 San Diego 7 Five-County Total 50 STATE TOTAL 100

* Less than 1%

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