Where the new homes have been built

Halfmoon Community Growth Profile new homes map

Parcels in the town of Halfmoon on which new single-family homes were built between 1995 and 2015. / map: Capital District Transportation Committee and the Capital District Regional Planning Commission

The Capital Region county that's the most different from the other three core counties? That's probably Saratoga County. And here's (another) bit toward that case...

Of all the single-family homes built in the Capital Region core between 1995 and 2015, almost half were in Saratoga County.

That's from the Capital District Transportation Committee and the Capital District Regional Planning Commission, which have posted a series of new "community growth profiles" for each of the core's 56 cities and towns:

Between 1995 and 2015, more than 35,111 single family homes were built in the four county Capital District Region on lots totaling 55,928 acres. The majority of single family home growth occurred in Saratoga County with 49% followed by 25% in Albany, 15% in Rensselaer, and 10% in Schenectady. As of 2015, there are 209,730 single family homes and 378,947 housing units overall in the region. And, approximately 214 miles of new roads were built between 2005 and 2015, of which 21% included sidewalks.

The town of Halfmoon is a prime example of the population and housing growth in Saratoga County. Between 1990 and 2015, the town went from 6,125 housing units to 11,060 units, according to its profile.

Looking at recent population change -- from 2010-2015 -- Halfmoon was up more than 10 percent, to an estimated 23,708 people, according to Census data. (That was the highest population growth rate of any city or town in the state over that period.)

And overall Saratoga County is an outlier of sorts for the state. Its population grew 3.36 percent between 2010-2016, according to Census Bureau estimates. That was sixth best in the state, and it was one of only two counties in the entire to state to post a positive percentage change for domestic migration.

Earlier on AOA:
+ The Capital Region is growing very slowly -- which is better than many other parts of the state
+ Another look at New York State's population change, this time along the urban/rural split
+ A quick look at city and town population changes
+ What's new? Apartments.

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All that growth, but Halfmoon:
1. still doesn't have its own post office or zip-code, being served by Clifton Park, Waterford, and Mechanicville post offices.
2. doesn't have its own schools, being divided between Shen, Waterford-Halfmoon, and Mechanicville school districts.
3. is divided into three different telephone exchanges, one of which is switched through Schenectady, and two through Troy. This makes some in-town phone calls technically long distance.

That's how towns grow their way into bankruptcy. SIngle family homes, especially those on large lots, increase a town's infrastructure costs faster than they increase its revenue. For a while, the town can cover it up by using revenue from new developments to pay for upkeep on the old ones. It's a sort of Ponzi scheme. Eventually, though, that stops working and either taxes must go up or services must go down, or both.

We need to build Strong Towns.

Low taxes, lower crime. Enough said.

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