Construction signals positive economy

210 overall development applications to Vernon in the first quarter of 2015, up from 163 in 2013 and 176 in 2014

There are signs that Vernon’s economy is moving ahead.

There were 210 overall development applications to the City of Vernon’s community development department in the first quarter of 2015. That is up from 163 in 2013 and 176 in 2014.

“The start of 2015 was very strong for building permit activity,” said Kim Flick, director of community development.

The value of building permits within the first quarter increased from 2014’s $9.8 million to $17.4 million.

“There were 88 building permits issued in 2015’s quarter one, an increase over the 61 permits issued in 2014’s quarter one,” said Carie Liefke, planning assistant, in a report.

“The increase in building permits for single-family dwellings may be due in part to changes to the B.C. Building Code. Code changes that became effective as of Dec. 20, 2014 led to many applications being submitted prior to that date.”

For single-family dwelling building permits, there were 34 in the first quarter of 2015 valued at $12.6 million. There were also 10 multiple-family applications at $3.8 million.

However, there was a decrease in land use applications — 26 in the first quarter of 2015 compared to 33 during the first quarter of 2014.

Flick is confident that development will remain steady for the rest of the year in Vernon.

 

“Strong subdivision numbers translate into strong building permit numbers down the line,” she said.