BUILD­ING BOOM

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL News Staff

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.

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