Building boom hits Clearview Township
CLEARVIEW TWP. — The building department staff in Clearview was run off their feet this summer.
“We’ve had a very strong year,” chief building official Scott McLeod said.
Construction values have increased 146% and fees have increased 205% over last year he reported to council at the Oct. 24 meeting. “So that is a good news story.” The building department report showed that by the end of July, 200 permits had been taking out as compared to 162 at the same time last year and 283 for 2016.
The value of the work this year is $ 64.4 million as compared to $ 18.8 million last year at the same time. Construction values for January to December 2016 were $ 35.9 million.
The fees for work done to the end of July was more than $ 732,000 this year as compared to $ 204,454 at the same time last year and more than $ 361,000 for all of 2016.
McLeod said the workload has increased significantly for staff. One staff member has been dedicated to the largest building project and there was a lot of overtime over the summer.
“All staff have risen to the occasion,” said McLeod who added that the volume of permits is tapering off as the winter approaches.
Also at the Oct. 24 council meeting, the new property standards by- law was passed that will come into effect Jan. 1.
The bylaw sets minimum standards for maintenance and occupancy of property to ensure that no one is living in an unsafe building.
A property standards committee will be formed and two property standards officers will enforce the new by- law. The building department staff will be providing support.