In September, 2021, Summerland issued 19 building permits, with a total construction value of more than $5M. (Summerland Review file photo)

In September, 2021, Summerland issued 19 building permits, with a total construction value of more than $5M. (Summerland Review file photo)

Summerland construction activity remains active

September 2021 building permits have construction value of more than $5M

The municipality of Summerland issued 19 building permits in September, with a total construction value of $5,076,000.

While the number and value of permits are considerably lower than the figures for the same month in 2020, construction activity so far this year is significantly higher.

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Since the start of 2021, the municipality’s development services department has issued a total of 156 building permits, with a construction value of $50,549,500. This is considerably higher than the 149 permits with a combined construction value of $27,610,600 from January to September 2020.

The high value in this year’s building permits is in part the result of a single permit issued in August. That permit, for the Oasis development on Lakeshore Drive, had a total construction value of $23,582,000. However, the other permits issued so far this year are close in value to the permits issued during the same time frame last year.

In 2020, the total construction value for the entire year was $35,734,900.

In a report to Summerland council, Brad Dollevoet, director of development services, said planning applications are on pace with previous figures. Rezonings and development permits are on par with last year, while there are fewer subdivision applications.

In addition to handling building permit applications, staff in the development services department have been working on projects such as short-term rental engagement activities, the eco-village design concept and the downtown neighbourhood action plan.

Municipal staff are also working on drafting a new building bylaw which will include potential implementation of the B.C. Energy Step Code.

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