The Rural Municipality of Hanover has issued 128 building permits this year for new dwellings.
Spokesperson Jeremy Neufeld says that's a nine per cent increase over the same period a year ago, and 2012 was a record year for Hanover.
Through the first nine months of this year, 54 permits were pulled for rural areas, 36 in Mitchell, 14 in Blumenort, 12 in Kleefeld, 9 in Grunthal and 3 in New Bothwell for a total of $28.5 million. Compare that to 2012 when through September, 61 permits were pulled for rural areas, 24 in Mitchell, 9 in Blumenort, 16 in Kleefeld, 3 in Grunthal and 4 in New Bothwell for $26.4 million.
When you look at overall permits this year compared to last year, the municipality issued 290 permits worth $40.5 million from January through September in 2012 compared to 294 permits worth $38.1 million so far this year.
Neufeld notes one of the interesting trends this year is that even though the number of residential permits is higher than last year, the number of dwelling units was actually higher in 2012. "Which has just gone to show we're seeing a bit more single family dwelling development versus the multi family this year," he explains.
He says another trend is larger proposals for big picture developments.
Even though numbers are so far stronger in 2013 than 2012, Neufeld admits they will have their work cut out for them to top last year's mark. He notes October through December were unusually busy in 2012 and it appears things have begun to show signs of settling down for this year.
Meanwhile, Neufeld says each of their communities is in good shape with infrastructure. To plan for the future, the municipality has enlisted the services of consultants to develop long term design plans for each community. Grunthal and Blumenort are being tackled this year, while New Bothwell, Kleefeld and Mitchell will be targeted next year. "In doing that we want to be able to have a better idea of what our infrastructure requirements will be going forward so we can try and have infrastructure ready for our developers to come in," he says.