Six month per­mit to­tals equal pre­vi­ous year

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail

De­spite the eco­nomic down­turn, Town of Drumheller staff says a sur­pris­ingly strong num­ber of build­ing per­mits is­sued this year is in­di­cat­ing some sta­bil­ity in the lo­cal econ­omy.

Sta­tis­tics re­leased to town coun­cil last week shows numbers are lower but com­pa­ra­ble with the num­ber of per­mits is­sued in 2015, re­ported di­rec­tor of com­mu­nity ser­vices Paul Sal­va­tore.

“The numbers are higher than what we would have ex­pected given the cur­rent eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion,” he said. “When build­ing per­mit numbers are strong it shows a cer­tain amount of strength in the lo­cal econ­omy.

In to­tal, 41 per­mits have been is­sued this year with to­tal con­struc­tion value es­ti­mated at $2,413,088. Last year saw 56 per­mits granted, with a to­tal value of $2,731,586.

“A lot of our per­mits are from a new devel­op­ment in the Hillsview area. We have had 30 per­mits is­sued there to date. So far, the big­gest month has been May, with $605,000 for res­i­den­tial con­struc­tions. Some of the per­mits in­clude build­ing decks and smaller projects like that.

Sal­va­tore said the year is still early and hopes to see fur­ther devel­op­ment in Drumheller.

“We had a strong first quar­ter of 2016 and I think that re­in­forces that Drumheller is a good place to do busi­ness. I can’t say if it will con­tinue on as it is quite early in the quar­ter… but we can hope.”

A build­ing per­mit must be granted for con­struc­tion or mod­i­fi­ca­tion to an ex­ist­ing build­ing.

We had a strong first quar­ter of 2016 and I think that re­in­forces that Drumheller is a good place to do busi­ness. I can’t say if it will con­tinue on as it is quite early in the quar­ter… but we can hope.” Di­rec­tor of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Paul Sal­va­tore

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