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Didsbury permits down in second quarter

Mayor points to Alberta's economic climate

DIDSBURY – Permit numbers and related construction values declined in the second quarter of 2020, according to a report presented to council at the recent regularly scheduled meeting.

While 11 residential development permits were issued in the first quarter with a total construction value of $957,000, the second quarter saw five permits issued with total construction valued at $461,000.

Residential developments include dwellings, accessory buildings, additions, decks and suites.

Five commercial development permits were issued in the first quarter with a construction value of $159,000, while six permits were issued in the second quarter totaling $22,810.

Commercial developments include commercial retail units, changes of use and signage.

There were no land use applications and appeals issued in the first or second quarter.

Asked if the decline in permit values has to do with the COVID pandemic, mayor Rhonda Hunter said she doesn’t think so.

“Didsbury has had peaks and valleys in issuing permits for some time,” said Hunter. “I would attribute it more to the economic climate in Alberta.

“If anything, it appears that people are looking to get their projects started or done in these times. I think we will see peaks and valleys for a while yet. Better times are ahead.”