Six month permit totals equal previous year
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