Carson limits its growth by limiting the number of building permits allowed.
As of Wednesday, 150 out of 699 permits — around 21.5 percent — have been issued. Only 642 permits will be offered in the 2002/2003 fiscal year.
Permits offered are lower this year because of a higher certified population — 52,457 — by the U.S. Census. Masayko did note that the city almost never meets the 3 percent growth limit, instead only grows between 1 and 2 percent a year.