Residential Building Permits, Twin Cities Metropolitan Area

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Section 1 Overview
Originator Metropolitan Council
Title Residential Building Permits, Twin Cities Metropolitan Area
Abstract This dataset consists of residential building permits issued in the 7-county Twin Cities Metropolitan Area from 1970 through 2015 for Regional, County or Community totals. Station Area level data is only available from 2009 through 2014 (see Use Constraints for Station Area analysis).

The data were obtained through an annual survey sent to communities by the Metropolitan Council and from the U.S. Census Bureau. The data on returned surveys were verified by Metropolitan Council staff through various means. Data from the Residential Construction Branch of the Manufacturing and Construction Division of the U.S. Census Bureau were used if a community did not return the survey. Data may be periodically updated to reflect corrections.
Purpose This dataset was created to track residential building permits issued in the 7-county Metropolitan Area.
Time Period of Content Date 12/31/2015
Currentness Reference These data are collected annually. Data may be periodically updated to reflect corrections. The most current year's data is considered preliminary until the publication of final population and household estimates in July of the following year; for example, 2014 data are preliminary until July 2015.
Progress In work
Maintenance and Update Frequency As needed
Spatial Extent of Data Twin Cities 7 county metropolitan area. This includes the counties of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington.
Bounding Coordinates -94.012
-92.732
45.415
44.471
Place Keywords Twin Cities, Anoka County, Carver County, Dakota County, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Scott County, Washington County
Theme Keywords residential building permits, building permits, permits, Twin Cities
Theme Keyword Thesaurus None
Access Constraints None
Use Constraints Station Area are defined as half-mile, non-overlapping transit-influenced areas based on existing and planned transitway station locations as defined by MetroTransit. In general, transitway stations are defined as a centrally located, single station point representing multidirectional transit stops or platforms. Additional consolidations of transitway stations were made to "coexisting" multimodal stations (i.e., Blue Line's 46th Street Station (Hiawatha Ave) A-Line's 46th Street Station) before defining Station Area. Both the consolidation of stations and definition of station areas are supported by the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) Reporting Instructions for the Section 5309 Capital Investment Grant Program.

The source and allocation methodology of data included in the Station Area Statistics can be found in the data layer metadata record.

Because some station areas can represent more than one transitway corridor, the statistics for all Station Areas are provided with the download of any data layer requested at the All Station Area geography. Each Station Area is associated with a transitway Corridor segment (Corridor_ID). A Corridor segment can include one (1) to eighteen (18) stations. Use the following matrix to associate and/or summarize Corridor segments to a specific corridor(s):

Corridor_ID = Corridor
1001, 1002, 1003, 1005, 1014 = Blue Line
1001, 1004 = Northstar Commuter Rail
1005, 1006, 1011 = Red Line
1001, 1002, 1007, 1015 = Green Line
1013, 1014, 1015 = A Line
1008 = Green Line Extension
1009 = Blue Line Extension
1010 = Orange Line
1012 = Gold Line
1017 = Red Rock

Note: avoid double counting common Corridor segments (i.e., 2001, 2002) when summarizing multiple corridors (i.e., Blue and Green Lines).
Contact Person Information Deb Conley, Research Office
Metropolitan Council
390 Robert Street North
St. Paul, Minnesota  55101-1805
Phone: 651-602-1335
Fax: 651-602-1674
Email: debbie.conley@metc.state.mn.us
Browse Graphic none available
Associated Data Sets None

Section 2 Data Quality
Attribute Accuracy Valid code tests have been conducted. No known attribute errors exist.
Logical Consistency
Completeness Entire seven county geographic area is covered.
Horizontal Positional Accuracy
Lineage The data were obtained through an annual survey sent to communities by the Metropolitan Council and from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The data on returned surveys were verified by Metropolitan Council staff through various means including: contact with community staff, comparison to data from the Residential Construction Branch of the Manufacturing and Construction Division of the U.S. Census Bureau, community websites, and comparison to data submitted by communities in the Metropolitan Council's annual Livable Communities Act (LCA) survey. Data from the Residential Construction Branch of the Manufacturing and Construction Division of the U.S. Census Bureau were used if a community did not return the survey.

Data may be periodically updated to reflect corrections.

From 1970 through 2003 the number of units shown as DUP (duplex) represents 2-unit buildings only and the number of units shown as MF3 (multifamily) includes units in buildings with 3 or more units; from 2004 forward the number of units shown as DTQ includes units in duplex, three-plex and four-plex buildings and the number of units shown as MF5 includes units in buildings with 5 or more units.

Historical data may be available for the following places:

Burns Township (became the city of Nowthen, July 2008)
Chaska Township (merged with the city of Chaska, January 2005)
Columbus Township (became the city of Columbus, September 2006)
Elko (merged with the city of New Market to become Elko New Market, January 2007)
Forest Lake Township (merged with the city of Forest Lake, March 2000)
Grant Township (became the city of Grant, January 1997)
Hassan Township (merged with the city of Rogers, January 1, 2012)
New Market (merged with the city of Elko to become Elko New Market, January 2007)
New Scandia Township (became the city of Scandia, January 2007)
Norwood (merged with the city of Young America to become Norwood Young America, January 1997)
Oak Grove Township (became the city of Oak Grove, December 1993)
Young America (merged with the city of Norwood to become Norwood Young America, January 1997)

Section 3 Spatial Data Organization (not used in this metadata)

Section 4 Coordinate System
Horizontal Coordinate Scheme
Horizontal Datum
Horizontal Units

Section 5 Attributes
Overview Attributes for Chart Data:

DATASOURCE: Source of the data
METC = Metropolitan Council
CENS = U.S. Census Bureau

GEOGRAPHY: Name of the city, township or unorganized territory,
e.g. Benton Twp., Blaine.

HOUSING_TYPE: The type of housing permitted.

QUANTITY: Number of units permitted.

YEAR: The year the permit was issued.


Attributes for Tabular Data (County and Community):

CO_CODE: 3 digit FIPS and state standard county ID code
003 = Anoka County
019 = Carver County
037 = Dakota County
053 = Hennepin County
123 = Ramsey County
139 = Scott County
163 = Washington County

CTU_CODE: 5 digit FIPS55 'Place' code for CTU. As of 2006 these
codes have been officially retired by the federal government. They are
replaced by the GNIS codes below. The Census Bureau will continue to
create FIPS55 Place codes for new cities and townships through the 2010
Census. After that, no new FIPS55 codes will be created. Note that for
townships that wholly incorporate into cities, the same FIPS55 code for
the former township will usually be used for the new city. Conversely,
GNIS creates a new ID for the new city.

CTU_ID: The Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)official federal
unique identifier for each city, township or unorganized territory.

COCTU_ID: 11 digit identifier for the combination of county and CTU
(concatination of CO_CODE and CTU_ID_CEN). This is the official U.S.
Census Bureau format.

CTU_NAME: Name of the city, township or unorganized territory, e.g.
Benton Twp., Blaine.

YEAR: The year the permit was issued.

DATASOURCE: Source of the data
METC = Metropolitan Council
CENS = U.S. Census Bureau

HOUSING_TYPE: The type of housing permitted:
SFD = single family detached units
DU = duplex units
DTQ = duplex, triplex and fourplex units
TH = townhouse units
MF3 = 3 or more units in a building
MF5 = 5 or more units in a building

COMMUNITY DESIGNATION: A designation of each city and township based on the overall state of development and regional issues faced by that community.



Attributes for Tabular Data (Station Area):
See Use Constraints for Station Area Analysis.

CORRIDOR_SEGMENT_ID: 4 digit indicator of the Corridor Segment.

CORRIDOR_SEGMENT: Description of the Corridor Segment. Corridor
Segments make up full corridors. A Corridor Segment can be part of
multiple corridors

STATION_AREA_ID: Station Area Identifier (COUNTY_CODE + CTU_ID +
Unique Station ID).

STATION_AREA: Description of the Station Area

CTU_ID: The Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)official federal
unique identifier for the city, township or unorganized territory
where the station is located.

COMMUNITY: Description of the community where the Station is located.

COUNTY_CODE: 3 digit FIPS and state standard county ID code where the Station is located

COUNTY: Name of the county where the station is located

YEAR: The year the permit was issued.

DATASOURCE: Source of the data
METC = Metropolitan Council
CENS = U.S. Census Bureau

HOUSING_TYPE: The type of housing permitted:
SFD = single family detached units
DU = duplex units
DTQ = duplex, triplex and fourplex units
TH = townhouse units
MF3 = 3 or more units in a building
MF5 = 5 or more units in a building

COMMUNITY DESIGNATION: A designation of each city and township based on the overall state of development and regional issues faced by that community.
Detailed Citation None
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Section 6 Distribution
Publisher Metropolitan Council
Publication Date periodically revised
Contact Person Information Deb Conley, Research Office
Metropolitan Council
390 Robert Street North
St. Paul, Minnesota  55101-1805
Phone: 651-602-1335
Fax: 651-602-1674
Email: debbie.conley@metc.state.mn.us
Distributor's Data Set Identifier Residential Building Permits
Distribution Liability NOTICE: The data to which this notice is attached are made available pursuant to the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13). THE DATA ARE PROVIDED TO YOU AS IS AND WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY AS TO THEIR PERFORMANCE, MERCHANTABILITY, OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE. The Metropolitan Council developed some of the data for its own internal business purposes and is redistributing data developed by other data providers (e.g., the U.S. Census Bureau and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development). The Metropolitan Council does not represent or warrant that the data or the data documentation are error-free, complete, current, or accurate. You are responsible for any consequences resulting from your use of the data or your reliance on the data. You should consult the data documentation for these particular data to determine the limitations of the data. If you transmit or provide the data (or any portion of it) to another user, it is recommended that the data include a copy of this disclaimer and this metadata.
Ordering Instructions This entire dataset is available on the internet by clicking below after 'Online Linkage'. Doing so will tell your browser to download a 'ZIP' file which will contain the following:

- csv file
- metadata for the dataset (.htm)
- NOTICE.RTF, an important notice about this dataset that can be read by any word processing software.

This dataset can also be viewed and downloaded using the Download Tabular Data tool at http://stats.metc.state.mn.us/data_download/DD_start.aspx.
Online LinkageDownload Page

Section 7 Metadata Reference
Metadata Date 06/01/2016
Contact Person Information Deb Conley, Research Office
Metropolitan Council
390 Robert Street North
St. Paul, Minnesota  55101-1805
Phone: 651-602-1335
Fax: 651-602-1674
Email: debbie.conley@metc.state.mn.us
Metadata Standard Name Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines
Metadata Standard Version 1.2
Metadata Standard Online Linkage http://www.gis.state.mn.us/stds/metadata.htm


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