COLUMBUS, Ohio (COLUMBUS BUSINESS FIRST) — Central Ohio housing starts reached their highest point since 2005 last year but still fell short of what is needed to accommodate the region’s growth, according to a new report.

Information released by the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio showed 12,289 housing permits were obtained in 2022 — a 4% increase over 2021 and the most in 18 years. Despite the increase, the BIA says it’s still not enough.

A 2022 BIA study found the region would need to average more than 19,000 permits annually to meet the projected growth needs of the region.

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