‘We’re expecting an increase this year’ May 14, 2021 1:30 PM By: Innisfil Today Staff
Housing construction in Innisfil has continued through the pandemic. Miriam King/Freelance
In all of 2020, the Town of Innisfil issued a total of 721 building permits – including permits for 456 residential units, and the construction of 2232 sq. m. of Industrial/Commercial/Institutional (ICI) space.
In just the first quarter of 2021, the town had issued 193 building permits – including 92 residential units, and 8,341 sq. m. of ICI space.
“We’re pretty much on track with last year,” said Director of Growth Leo Deloyde, “but we’re expecting an increase this year.”
Council received the report, but added a request: that, in future, the Building permit reports provide more comparative data.
Mayor Lynn Dollin suggested the next report could provide the previous year’s quarterly information, in addition to the year-end totals, “so you could kind of compare apples to apples.”
Despite the pandemic, Innisfil has continued to experience a building boom and rapid growth. Between 2011 and 2019, the average number of building permits issued in the municipality for new homes was 321.7.
Both 2020 and 2021 will greatly exceed that number.