Record-setting construction in Lake Country

The construction investment of more than $68 million in 2015 was 36 per cent higher than in 2014.

Lake Country experienced its busiest construction year ever in 2015.

The construction investment of more than $68 million was 36 per cent higher than in 2014.

“It’s great to see the local economy thriving and the level of investment that is happening in our community,” said Mayor James Baker.

While residential construction at LakeStone and the Lakes pushed a lot of the activity, new commercial projects also moved ahead.

In 2015, 339 permits of all types were issued for $68.9 million.

“To keep up with the rapid pace we’re working hard at our infrastructure renewal program and recently invested in adding to our building inspections team,” said Baker.

Among the 339 permits were 113 for single-family dwellings, 18 multi-family dwellings, 22 commercial permits and 12 for agriculture.

“With a large proportion of our land base being protected farmland and lakes, council is strategically using the additional tax base brought by growth to fund amenities that make the community more livable,” said Mark Koch, director of community services.

Koch points to the recently purchased Okanagan Rail Corridor and the current parks and recreation Master Plan process which are geared towards providing amenities.