At the Faraday Township meeting on May 4, council heard from chief building official and municipal law enforcement officer Scott Richardson, who told them in his report that the municipality was on track for another record year for building permits in 2022. So far this year, building permit values were over $30,000, which is better than last year so far and several times the number of permits sold in years prior to 2020. Council also passed a bylaw to amend building permit fees later in the meeting.
At the May 4 meeting, Richardson informed council in his CBO report about the number of building permits that had been issued so far this year; 23 permits for April alone, with 33 permits issued for the year so far. The total permit value is $30,971.20 with a project value total of $1,625,750. This is several thousand dollars more than the total permit value in 2021, which was $27,279.20 and over double the total permit values reported at this time of year back in 2020, which came in at $14,621.60. The project values for 2021 and 2020 as of the end of April were $1,645,440 and $922,850 respectively. This increase is due to COVID-19 over the past couple of years of course, and people moving to more rural areas like Faraday to get out of urban centres while the pandemic continues.
Later in the meeting, council passed a bylaw to amend the building permit fees in the township, pursuant to section 391 of the Municipal Act. Richardson said these increases were in line with other municipalities’ building permit fee increases across Hastings County. A copy of the amended fees can be found on the township website at www.faraday.ca or by requesting a copy of them from Dawn Switzer, clerk and treasurer, or other staff at the municipal office.
Richardson said in his report to council that it appeared that the township was on track for another exceptional year.
“I continue to receive inquiries about building and vacant properties as they become available.”
Michael Riley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Bancroft Times