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However, the number of development permits between 2020 and 2021 has increased significantly

SUNDRE — The value of building permits issued by the municipality between 2020 and 2021 has decreased by approximately $2 million.

However, the number of development permits approved during the same period has increased significantly.

In 2021, the city issued 53 development permits, up from 42 the previous year, Senior Development Officer Betty Ann Fountain wrote via email in response to questions.

But while the number of building permits approved over the same period was comparable, the overall value declined.

Last year, a total of 38 building permits worth nearly $1.67 million were issued, down about $2 million from 2020, when 41 building permits were issued. ‘worth about $3.67 million has been approved,’ Fountain said.

In 2019, the municipality declared 43 development permits and 33 building permits worth nearly $3.8 million.

“These values ​​are based on the construction value (cost) for each project based on materials and labor,” she said.

Asked how the past year of 2020 to 2021 has gone, she said, “Planning and Development, along with all city departments, have adapted business practices in accordance with restrictions imposed by the province due to the pandemic. . ”

Ensuring business continuity has largely involved relying heavily on modern technology and communications, although in-person service resumed once the municipality office was refurbished with features to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19.

“We are able to process applications for residential, commercial and industrial projects through the use of email; we held developer meetings via zoom and team meetings, and when the office was open to the public after the plexiglass barriers were installed, service was at the counter,” she said.

According to the statistical reports on building permits that the municipality makes available on its website, the breakdown of building permits issued in 2020 was: 29 residential, including 14 accessory buildings and a dozen renovations or additions for a total just over $1.2 million; 10 commercial, including three housing starts and seven renovations or additions for a total of just over $1.9 million; no industrial; and two institutional renovations or additions under $500,000.

The breakdown of building permits issued last year was as follows: 30 residential, including six accessory buildings and 20 renovations or additions for a total of just over $1.2 million; three renovations or commercial additions totaling nearly $324,000; no industrial; and two institutional renovations or additions totaling nearly $120,000.

In response to a question about the status of a previously discussed project to develop a four-storey apartment building in the city center for which the former council had approved rezoning as well as a site-specific height exemption, Fountain said: “Although this project was stalled, discussions have resumed.

Another major development that remains ongoing is the four-season campground and passive use of outdoor recreation on the east side of town. That project is still in its early stages, with an upcoming public information session scheduled for later this spring, she said.

“We look forward to presenting the concept plan to the citizens of Sundre,” she said, adding that the date and time of the session will be announced once scheduled.

The municipality also continues to solicit potential interest from a number of developers to approach housing.

“Over the past year, we have held meetings with several developers regarding residential development projects in the northwest quadrant of the city,” she said.

“Board and management are keenly aware of the need for housing and will work diligently with developers to provide a variety of housing types for all age groups, families and individuals.”