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Development still brisk in Fort Macleod

Development continued at a brisk pace last year in Fort Macleod.
The Town of Fort Macleod issued permits totalling more than $4.2-million in 2010.
“I am very pleased to see those numbers,” Fort Macleod Mayor Shawn Patience said. “While they were about what we expected, when you consider the slightly recessed economy they are very strong and 2010 will go down as one of the top five development years ever here.”
Town of Fort Macleod development office Rhonda Day released the 2010 totals last week at a municipal planning commission meeting.
The total permits issued in 2010 was done from the previous year when Fort Macleod issued a record $12.9-million worth of permits.
Patience said it was no great surprise the value of permits dropped last year after the record-setting performance in 2009.
In 2008 the Town of Fort Macleod issued permits totalling $7.55-million, and in 2007 the total was $7.3-million.
The Town of Fort Macleod issued permits totalling more than $3.6-million in 2006; $2-million in 2005 and $1.4-million in 2004.
“Over the past five years we have set record after record for development and it’s a very good sign for this community that investor confidence is still very strong,” Patience said.
The town in 2010 issued 10 permits totalling $2.47-million for construction of new homes.
The town also issued permits totalling $410,000 for construction of four mobile and manufactured homes and $245,000 for construction of one multi-unit dwelling.
The Town of Fort Macleod issued in 2010 12 permits totalling $149,800 for construction of accessory buildings and 15 permits totalling $481,950 for residential additions and renovations.
The town issued two permits worth $202,063 for additions and renovations to commercial property.
For industrial property, the town issued two permits worth $255,000 for new construction and two permits totalling $14,000 for additions and renovations.
The Town of Fort Macleod issued just one permit worth $700 for new public construction.
Also in 2010 the Town of Fort Macleod issued 49 building permits worth $22,696; 72 electrical permits worth $6,059; 62 development permits worth $5,500; 25 gas permits worth $1,896; 20 plumbing permits worth $1,879; 12 home occupation permits worth $1,020 and four demolition permits worth $418.
“The challenge for council will be to continue to ensure that there are development opportunities available to take advantage of that confidence,” Patience said. “A strong variety of residential development opportunities and development of the highway commercial corridor will be key to our sustainable growth.

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