Between Jan. 1 and April 30, the City of Prince George, B.C., issued 135 building permits worth a combined $73.04 million, according to a May 9 report to city council.
That’s more than the value of permits the city issued in the first four months of 2020 and 2021 combined. During the first four months of 2020 the city issued 118 permits worth a combined $21.1 million and during the same period in 2021 issued 150 permits worth a combined $51.64 million.
“This has gotten so routine to see impressive building numbers, the question is 'when is it going to end?'" Coun. Garth Frizzell said.
Deanna Wasnik, city director of planning and development, said there is no one factor driving the development in the city, but the indicators remain positive.
"We're looking forward to another busy building season," she said.
Between March and April this year, the city issued permits for three new industrial buildings, estimated to be worth a collective $10.33 million. In addition, the city approved an industrial renovation worth $1.25 million.
The city also approved permits for two new commercial buildings worth an estimated $1.975 million in March, and approved permits for 11 commercial renovations in March and April worth approximately the same.
On the residential side, in March and April the city approved permits for 29 new single-family homes, worth a combined $15.48 million, and six multi-family residential developments worth an estimated $2 million.
"We've got the skilled trades in the community to do the work. And local suppliers have been stepping up as well," Coun. Brian Skakun said. "It's good news all the way around."