The number of new single-family building permits issued in Wake County remained largely flat in 2011, falling 1 percent compared to the prior year.
There were 3,703 new permits issued in the county, according to Wake County data compiled by the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County.
The towns that experienced the biggest jump in new permits last year are those poised to benefit from the Interstate 540 extension in western Wake County. Apex, Holly Springs and Morrisville all experienced double-digit growth.
Homebuilders are hoping to have plenty of new inventory on the ground when the toll road is completed in December. The road will greatly reduce commuting times to Research Triangle Park and several other job centers.
Permits increased 56 percent in Holly Springs, 36 percent in Apex and 22 percent in Morrisville.
The two largest municipalities in the county, Raleigh and Cary, both saw the number of new building permits decline. Cary's dropped by 6 percent while Raleigh's fell by 12 percent.