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Value of building permits lowest in past eight years

Vernon City Hall, located at 3400 30th St. is the site of the 2013 budget meetings. The public is encouraged to attend.
December 13, 2013 - 9:52 AM

VERNON - According to staff reporting, 2013 has so far seen the lowest value of building permits in eight years—but a city planner warns not to jump to conclusions. 

To date, staff have recorded $48,020,085 in building permits, quite a reduction from years like 2008 and 2009 when values hovered around $168,000,000.

City planning director Kim Flick says it’s important to note the value of building permits is different from the number of permits handed out.

She noted that in a community the size of Vernon, one or two large sized developments—like Sparkling Hills with its $55 million permit—have a big impact on the overall annual value. This year didn’t boast any such large-scale developments.

Flick also pointed out a shift in development activity, where they’re seeing fewer commercial builds and more investment in renovations, as well as a slight increase in housing starts.

A Conference Board of Canada report released last May stated Vernon’s economy has been contracting for the last five years. At that time, city staff were skeptical of what data the board used in generating the report, noting that building activity had been stable in the last few years.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at, call (250)309-5230 or tweet @charhelston.

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