Building activity in South Glengarry was up significantly in 2016, and that may surprise the local community, according to the municipality’s CAO.
“I know from time to time we’ve heard, informally, that building activity in the township is down,” Bryan Brown said at the most recent regular township council meeting on January 16. “But I think the numbers show more than clearly that we’ve never been busier.” Statistics from a brief summary prepared by South Glengarry’s chief building official and director of development Kevin Lalonde help bear out the CAO’s claims.
The township issued a total of 250 building permits – for structures, on-site sewage systems, swimming pools, etc. – in 2016, about 61 per cent higher than the 2015 total of 155.
A total of 43 building permits for new homes were issued last year, 14 more – or 48.3 percent – than in 2015.
Actual permit revenue in 2016 was $237,547. This was $42,547 or 21.8 per cent higher than the year’s projected revenue of $195,000.