Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Building permit numbers plunge as only 108 issued in first quarter
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 14 Jun 2006, p. 11

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In the first quarter of this year, Halton Hills's Building Department has processed only 108 building permits compared with the 494 that were issued in last year's first quarter. So far, the department has issued 108 permits with a total construction value of $12 million. This has generated $94,000 in permit fees for the Town. Permits issued include 22 for new residential, 55 for other residential (such as additions), nine for commercial (all additions or alternations), four for industrial (two new buildings and two additions), two for agricultural, three miscellaneous, one tent, seven signs, one water hookup, and four demolitions. Last year at this time, the Town had issued 494 permits with a construction value of $48 million and $600,000 in permit fees. The bulk of the permits involved 345 new home construction and 122 other residential construction, and four industrial builds. Halton Hills Building Department achieved a "historical record" last year with the number of permits (1,382) and their construction value, $183 million. Earlier this year, Building Zoning and Enforcement director Henry Tse said he didn't expect this year to match the historical numbers posted by 2005, because housing starts were slowing down. However, he said the amount of commercial building, particularly in the 401-407 Gateway Business Park, could help the numbers to keep pace. The Building Department has also collected $309,000 in development charges in the first three months of this year. Also in their first quarter report, the Enforcement Services division has kept busy, by receiving 235 new complaints as well dealing with 248 active complaint cases. Of these 187 were under investigation, 84 had legal action pending and 61 were awaiting first investigation. The division also resolved 157 cases during this period. This division issued 22 portable sign permits, generating about $2,000 in fees for the municipality in the first quarter. The Enforcement division also processed 341 dog licences in the first three months of the year, totaling 22 per cent of the 2006 licence fees projected. By the end of March there was 4,710 dogs registered in the Town.

Gamble, Cynthia
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Building permit numbers plunge as only 108 issued in first quarter