By Marianne Curtis
The RM of De Salaberry is seeing a significant building boom with double the amount of building permits issued over last year.
According to the municipality, 80 building permits valued at almost $3.8 million have been issued in the last six months This number is nearly double last year’s entire years worth of 43 permits issued valued at $2.5 million.
Lesley Gaudry the municipality’s Economic Development Officer says that permits include houses, garages and other structures.
“The majority of the growth (about sixty percent) is occurring in the southern portion of the municipality around the St. Malo area,” states Gaudry. “Smaller pockets of development are occurring in the Otterburne region.”
Gaudry feels that the reason why growth is being seen at such levels in the municipality is because it is being recognizes as being located within a great region.
“We are in close proximity to the capital region as well as having two gems in our community – the St. Malo Provincial Park and the warm hospitality offered by local residents,” says Gaudry. “Many seasonal campers and cottagers enjoy the quality of life this region has to offer which translate to some of them choosing to make this municipality their permanent home.”
Reeve Ron Musick added that he believes that the municipality is attractive for residents because they have access to various services and taxes are reasonable.
The municipality plans on encouraging further growth by holding a “Housing Survery” which will be sent out over the summer followed by an open forum in October. The information gathered through the survey will be given to the Economic Development Officer and used to bring together local businesses and leaders together to discuss issues to housing and trends.