“This year, the Town witnessed a record breaking year with 257 building permits issued for new residential dwellings spread out throughout our town,” said Mayor Wayne Redekop.
In 2016, Town Building Officials issued the highest number of new residential dwelling permits ever recorded for Fort Erie.
“This year, the Town witnessed a record breaking year with 257 building permits issued for new residential dwellings spread out throughout our town,” said Mayor Wayne Redekop. “We have never experienced this volume of residential growth in the Town's history. There is every indication that this trend will continue unabated for the foreseeable future. This is a tribute to the focus by Council and staff to a growth and prosperity agenda for Fort Erie.”
Similar to previous years, Ridgeway captured the highest amount of permits (29 per cent) followed by Crystal Beach (21 per cent) and Spears / High Pointe (15 per cent). The new residential developments are made up of a variety of structures including: single family homes (78 per cent); townhouses and semi-detached houses (12 per cent); and apartments (10 per cent).
“Having a variety of new townhouses and apartments is in line with the Town’s Official Plan,” said Rick Brady, Director, Planning and Development Services. “In addition, a number of developers building apartments in our downtowns took advantage of the Town’s Community Improvement Program. The program is one of the key motivators leading to the successful redevelopment of the Town’s downtowns.”
Due to the program’s success, Staff will present recommendations on the future of this program together with status reporting on Secondary Planning in April.