"I bet we're going to do 600,000 square feet in new commercial" space in 2007, said Andy Epple, Bozeman city planning director.
said that's equivalent to adding two new Gallatin Valley Malls in one year.
Putting 2007 into perspective, Epple
said when he
first moved to the sleepy university town of Bozeman to be a city planner 20 years ago, the city issued a grand total of 47 permits for new homes.
This year the number was 16 times greater.
If some people accuse him of having a "no growth" policy, Epple
joked, it's been quite a failure.