Construction booming on Gabriola, and across RDN

Derek Kilbourn

Sounder News

Tuesday, October 24 2017

Coming as no surprise to many, there is a building boom going on here on Gabriola, and the Regional District of Nanaimo building permit numbers are reflecting that.

RDN reports show that by the end of July, Gabriola’s building permit value had almost equalled what was spent in the entire previous year. Residential had hit $6,833,690, and Commercial added another $36,729.

2016 as a whole hit $7,386,136 on Gabriola.

The second quarter (April to July) saw 32 permits for a total value of $3.9 million compared to 22 and 27 permits for 2016 and 2015 respectively, which valued $1.5 million and $1.3 million.

Tom Armet, RDN Manager for Buildings and Bylaws, said the permit totals included both new homes; as well as renovations or other improvements made to properties which required building permits.

It does not include any improvements made which did not require building permits.

This growth is consistent with the other Electoral Areas in the RDN.

Staff reported the RDN has experienced continued growth during the past three years at a level higher than the provincial average in the residential sector permit activity both in terms of permit volumes and construction values. This trend has continued into the second quarter with 25% more permit applications received than in the same period in 2016.

In the first six months of 2017, the RDN received 447 building permit applications, representing a 25% increase over the same period in 2016, and a 44% increase from the same period in 2015.