Growth Stats

Did you know? . . . Halfway through 2007, the number of development permits in town were more than three-quarters the total for all of 2006.

Mid-year statistics support obvious development boom in Athabasca

Driving around town, the signs of development are obvious. While residents have various opinions about the value of development in their own neighbourhood – whether they think the development is beneficial, or not – there is no question that Athabasca is growing. And along with growth comes the hope and promise of economic prosperity for the community.

Mid-year statistics for Town of Athabasca development permits are encouraging. Halfway through 2007, the number and dollar value of development permits were more than three-quarters the final count for 2006—after adjusting the 2006 total to account for a permit valued at $15 million (Athabasca Regional Multiplex) that was issued in 2006, but the project rolled over into 2007.

The total value of 2007 development permits (66) for the period January through June is $7,421,550. The total value of development permits (78) for the entire year of 2006, though listed as $24,941,492, adjusts to $9,941,492 when the aforementioned $15 million project is taken out of the calculation.

Single family homes lead the pack

So far this year, single family homes have shown the strongest increase with 33 permits to the end of June, compared to 13 for the same period last year. In fact, the 2006 total was just 25, so the development rate in single family homes this year is already well ahead of last year.

At mid-year, there were 19 New Single Family Residence permits issued ($4,071,100), and 14 Single Family Manufactured Homes ($1,275,800). For the same period in 2006, there were 10 New Single Family Residence permits ($2,102,000), and three Single Family Manufactured Homes ($462,135).

Development activity in New Multiple Family Residences and the Commercial sector was not as aggressive through the first half of 2007.

Last year, there were two New Multiple Family Residence permits ($3,340,000), with just one ($1,700,000) this year, so far.

In Commercial development permits, there were two ($475,000) in the first six months last year and one ($150,000) this year.

Other development permits issued during the first half of 2007 included Decks (10), Garages (4), Signs (6) and Other Developments (11).

Total development permits issued in the first half of 2007 were 66, compared to 42 in the first half of 2006. There were 36 development permits issued in the second half of 2006.

Building, electrical, plumbing and gas permits coming back strong

After taking a dip in 2006, building, electrical, plumbing and gas permits are on the rise, showing strong indications with a total of 176 permits issued by the mid point of 2007. The total for the entire year of 2006 was 210, down from 237 in 2005.

This year, by the end of June, there were 86 Building Permits issued, compared to a 2006 total of 82; 43 Electrical Permits compared to the 2006 total of 54; 24 Plumbing Permits compared to 29 for 2006; and 23 Gas Permits compared to the 2006 total of 45.

In 2006, more building, electrical, plumbing and gas permits were issued in the latter half of the year than in the first half. Time will tell if the same trend holds true for 2007.

2006 - 2007 Quarterly Development Summary
2001 - 2007 Development Summary
2006 - 2007 Quarterly Building Permits Summary
2001 - 2007 Building Permits Summary

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