Town issues first quarter building stats for 2013
The Town of Stony Plain has released its first quarter building statistics for 2013.
While the number of permits issued for new residential construction is down slightly from the same time-period last year – from 39 to 36, total construction values have increased by 13.87 per cent – from $7,804,643 in 2012 to $8,886,862 in 2013. Quarterly residential building stats reflect new construction for single-family, medium-density and high-density housing.
Two permits, for a combined construction value of $2.1 million, have been issued for new commercial and industrial developments so far this year, compared to five permits for $9.02 million after the first three months of 2012.
“Our community is still growing at a strong pace, which is exciting, but it is equally important that we manage this growth responsibly,” says William Choy, mayor of Stony Plain, referencing a Capital Region Board Report that designates Stony Plain as a Priority Growth Area within the Capital Region over the next 20 years.
“We are blessed with tax revenues that growth provides, but it also impacts our infrastructure – our streets, water, sewage and public safety. We must ensure that growth affects residents in a positive way. The key is to balance fiscal responsibility with service levels that provide the quality of place that our residents desire and deserve.”
Between Jan. 1 and March 31, the Town issued 36 permits for alterations and additions to existing residential and commercial properties – 34 and two, respectively. The number of electrical, gas and plumbing permits issued in the first quarter decreased from those issued during the first quarter of 2012 – from 249 to 184.
Official stats, including a detailed breakdown of the numbers, will be included in a Quarterly Permit Statistics Report that will be presented to Town Council at the Apr. 22, 2013 regular Council meeting.