The City of Wetaskiwin approved a total of 128 development and building permits for 2023, valued at close to $30 million, a record in the last five years.Greg Burns

The City of Wetaskiwin approved a total of 128 development and building permits for 2023, valued at close to $30 million, a record in the last five years. 

The Manager of Planning and Development, Emily Sangster, who presented the city’s development stats to the council meeting on Feb. 12, said that the primary reason for the high number was mainly due to major institutional projects such as the Hope Mission emergency shelter and renovations at the Wetaskiwin Hospital – which together valued at $19.07 million. 

According to the city’s data, the total value of approved development permits in 2023 was $12.3 million, almost double the number from 2022, which was $6.8 million. 

In the presentation, Sangster said the number and value of residential permits in the previous year was at $1.54 million, slightly lower compared to 2022, where the number was at $1.65 million due in part to land use Bylaw changes in 2021 that exempted a greater range of small-scale developments from obtaining development permits. 

As in previous years, most permits in 2023 were for decks, accessory structures, and renovations. 

The number of commercial permits was valued at $7.86 million, up from a low period likely related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

A wide range of projects were approved, including both renovation and new construction, in downtown, the Automile, and the Wetaskiwin Mall. 

The city says that the number of industrial permits was also consistent with the five-year average, but overall project values were low at $918,765, due to a project mix consisting of minor renovations and accessory structures. 

Earlier, the city’s Economic Development Manager, Very May, said that 45 new businesses were opened in 2023. He also mentioned that 120 jobs were also created in that year.

By Qiam Noori, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Feb 14, 2024 at 15:16

This item reprinted with permission from   Ponoka News   Ponoka News, Alberta

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