Residential construction in the city this year is likely to far exceed last year's total, since Clinton has already issued more building permits the first seven months of this year than all of 1993.
"We're way up," said Lynn Vinzant community development director.Clinton issued 88 permits last year; 60 in 1992 and fewer than 40 in 1991.
Vinzant said Clinton's annual growth rate is 2.7 percent and the city's population is estimated at 9,100. Build-out is projected at 37,000 population.
There's plenty of room in Clinton to grow, but some new residential areas will require rezoning from agricultural to residential, Vinzant said.
"We're ready for growth. We can handle it," he said.
Clinton may always be a bedroom community, and Vinzant doesn't expect a major shopping center to be built. However, he is hoping for a grocery store and small businesses.