CANTON, GA - Just a few years ago, many were complaining that development was out of hand in Cherokee County.
So out of hand, that several slow growth candidates took over the county commission.
Current Chairman Buzz Ahrens was one of them.
"We had some 25,000 to 30,000 homes already permitted and ready to be occupied basically, 3 & ½ years ago," Ahrens told 11 Alive News on Thursday.
Then the bubble burst and the booming economy wilted.
Many of those homes remain unbuilt or unsold.
Many new retail spaces remain empty or vacated.
Right now no one is even asking for any rezoning permits in Cherokee County and yet, there is a bright sign in the county's development department.
Building permits are on the rise again.
"I think that's really good news," says Commission Chairman Ahrens.