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Sharp drop for building permits in 2013

Record staff

 

Last year, the City of Courtenay issued 197 building permits worth $30.4 million — a noticeable drop from the three previous years when well over 200 permits were issued.

In 2010 and 2011, construction values exceeded $55 million. The value dipped below the $50 million mark in 2012.

The information is included in the city’s annual municipal report, which councillors considered at committee of the whole Monday.

Significant permits issued last year include the new Thrifty’s retail centre worth $2.8 million and 19 residential units on Muir Road valued at $2.3 million.

Construction of the new regional hospital is expected to begin this year. Commercial building on Cliffe Avenue between 19th and 20th streets is also projected, along with a renovation of Vanier Secondary.

At its July 7 meeting, council will consider third reading of a proposed bylaw change to development application procedures.

The public is encouraged to provide feedback or send written submissions about the proposed change which is intended to reduce time required to review applications, and staff time to perform reviews. Deadline is Friday.

Email submissions to planning@courtenay.ca, or mail to:

City of Courtenay

Development Services

830 Cliffe Ave.

Courtenay, B.C. V9N 2J7

 

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