After a sluggish start, commercial construction is picking up while residential has been steady, the City’s director of development and engineering services says.
Marvin Kwiatkowski gave council a belated mid-year report Tuesday that showed construction is at $117 million so far, with a projection of reaching $160 million or so by year’s end.
“We've had a couple of good months and we're picking up the pace, depending which projects come forward,” he said.
Housing starts were ahead of the game, at 287 at the end of June compared with the 10-year average of 265, he said.
“We had projected 425 to year end.”
Overall, all permits — rezoning, development, variance, subdivision, etc. — are at 140. The 10-year average is 160.
Kwiatkowski said business licences are also down, while closures are up.
In addition to the day-to-day permits and licences, his department has also put through the air shed management plan, has the agricultural area plan in process, created zoning for medical marijuana grow ops, got a grant for the John Tod community centre, launched Google transit and adopted a combined trails and pedestrian master plan.