By Sylvia Gonzalez
MIDLAND - There is no doubt that we are facing a serious housing crunch in the Basin. However, the Midland Chamber of Commerce wants to alleviate that pain.
In 2011, there was an increase of 43 percent of residential permits issued in the city of Midland. So far this year, there has been a 23 percent increase.
The 30 page booklet is a much needed guide for developers, who want to build in the Tall City, but due to the housing crunch they don't know where to start building.
Nellwyn Barnett, Executive Vice President of Chamber Relations, says the guide is something that was much needed.
"A lot of developers they look at potential markets that they are going to put their time and resources into. The more difficult the process the more likely they are to say, I can go and make just as much money in market B as I can in market A," Barnett said.
That's exactly what the City of Midland is trying to avoid, the guide has everything that a potential developer might need to start building new homes in Midland.
"That's what we really tried to do with this guide, put together in one place all of the resources that a potential developer would need," Barnett said.
The housing guide isn't just used by housing developers, it can also be utilized by homeowners looking to do some upgrades to their homes.
"Those kind of resources are great tools for the community to look through and find a plumber or find a contractor or find whatever it is they need," Barnett said.
She says the guide will not solve the housing issues but at least is a step in the right direction.
"We know this won't solve every single problem with the housing market. We know it won't solve things overnight but it is a key first step we feel from the business perspective from the business community to make the process as easy as possible as we can for those potential developers," Barnett said.