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April year-to-date construction value nears $100 million: Best year-to-date in past 10 years


June 7, 2013
 
MONCTON – Moncton’s April year-to-date building permit figures indicate a huge increase in permit values.  At the end of April 2013, permit values came in at $99.9 million, up from last year’s $36.8 million. This represents the best total year-to-date permit value for the last 10 years!
 
The 2013 residential construction season is starting to take shape. The spring weather is finally here and with a total permit value of over $10 million for the month of April, residential construction is starting to show signs of a busy season. 
 
“Moncton’s strong building permit numbers are just another indicator that our economy remains strong,” says Moncton Mayor George LeBlanc.  “I am looking forward to a strong upcoming construction season, with a lot of exciting new developments.”
 
The City of Moncton has issued five Institutional and Government permits this month.   The year-to-date value of these permits is just over $39 million as opposed to last year’s value of nearly $1.7 million. 
 
The month of April was a very busy month when it came to Commercial and Industrial permits.  16 permits were issued valued at almost $31 million, which is an increase to last year’s total of over $10 million. Total year-to-date value is over $46 million. 
 
“April has been a record setting month for Commercial and Institutional permits.  It is very exciting to see so much activity so early in the season,” said Allan Breau, the City of Moncton’s Development Control Supervisor of Building Inspection.
 
The department is seeing a steady increase in home owners coming in to apply for applications for summer projects, such as; fences, sheds, garages, pools, etc. The warm temperatures have brought with it an increase in building permits issued from 26 in April 2012 to 30 this year.
 
Development Officers in the City’s Building Inspection Department are responsible for the implementation of the provisions of the Community Planning Act, Municipal Plans, Zoning By-Law, Subdivision By-Laws and Access Control By-laws. Development Officers work closely with builders and land developers during the planning stages of projects. This early participation helps ensure projects will proceed smoothly through the permitting process.  The City’s Development Officers issued 108 permits in April 2013 bringing the year-to-date total to 236.
 
It is important to note that any structure being added to a site; including, accessory buildings, fences, decks, etc., require building and development permits, as stated in the Building By-Law Z-410 and Zoning By-Law Z- 202.  This allows the City of Moncton to ensure the structures comply with the National Building Code of Canada and the location meets the zoning requirements for the City of Moncton.
 
April 2013 highlights:

  • Renovations to create the new Target Store at 1380 Mountain Road valued at $3.9 million.
  • Construction of warehouse at 50 Commerce Street valued at $26 million.
  • Construction of new high school (Moncton High) at 140 Longfellow Drive valued at $25.5 million.
  • Construction of special care home at 15 Lady Russell Street valued at $800,000.
  • Construction of new school (Ste. Bernadette School) valued at $7.8 million.

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Media Contact: 

Allan Breau
Supervisor Development Control
City of Moncton
(506) 853-3441
 
Kevin Silliker
Director, External Business Development
City of Moncton
(506) 853-3532