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Editorial: Signs of growth are encouraging

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It wasn’t all that long ago housing construction was booming in Farmington and Rosemount. Acres of land were transformed in seemingly a matter of months from open fields to new neighborhoods. Local farmers had developers knocking on their doors offering huge amounts for their property.

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That slowed down when the economy did, but there are signs growth is coming back, if not to the same level as a few years ago then at least to something significantly greater than the slow years.

The city of Farmington issued 121 permits last year for new single-family homes, nearly twice the 68 issued in 2012. Those permits provided $495,649 in revenue for the city. Several new developments have sprung up in Rosemount as well.

There are challenges that come with growth, of course. Those are evident at Parkview Elementary School, where the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District is in the early stages of planning an expansion needed to handle growing enrollment. Other Rosemount area schools are also seeing growth in enrollment.

But if it’s properly managed, growth will be a good thing for both Farmington and Rosemount. It brings new people with new ideas to the community. It brings an expanded tax base. And, ideally, a growing population will make Farmington and Rosemount more appealing to businesses that want to make sure they have a customer base before opening their doors in a city.

Early signs suggest development will continue in 2014. We look forward to it.

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