Despite the pandemic, the City of Salmon Arm saw building permit values increase through April this year over the same period in 2019 and construction in the community appears to be going strong. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Despite the pandemic, the City of Salmon Arm saw building permit values increase through April this year over the same period in 2019 and construction in the community appears to be going strong. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Despite COVID-19, construction of single family homes in Salmon Arm outdoing 2019 numbers

Value of category’s 2020 building permits is $1.7 million more than 2019 year-to-date

If it seems like there’s been a fair amount of construction in Salmon Arm recently, that’s because there has been.

The city’s building department statistics for April 2020 show there have been 11 permits for single family dwellings issued this year, three of them in April. That compares to nine year-to-date in 2019.

The value of those permits for single family homes so far this year is $4.6 million, which is $1.7 million more than last year’s $2.9 million for the same period.

The numbers of permits for new secondary or detached suites is also higher so far this year, just as are permits for new modular homes.

Coun. Kevin Flynn remarked on the statistics at a recent council meeting.

“Single family dwellings, the really good news, we’re up almost 1.8 million, and really the only difference between this year, which is a really unusual year with COVID and everything, and last year, is two big commercial developments last year and three industrial. So I’m thinking this is actually quite good news and staff is still working very hard.”

Read more: Development plans in Salmon Arm move forward despite pandemic

Read more: Salmon Arm history in pictures – Hospital under construction

Mayor Alan Harrison agreed.

“In fact there’s more permits in March this year than last year and outside those big ones you talked about, yes I think we have to be very happy where we’re at in the month of April.”

Although the total value of all 19 categories of building permits issued in 2019, year-to-date, was $18 million compared to 2020’s $9.2 million – nearly double, Flynn pointed out that if the comparison was just for single family dwellings, the city would be looking good this year, comparatively.

The difference was the large projects.

“So if anybody’s got five to 10 million extra and wants to develop something big, I’m sure we’d welcome it and we’d be back where we were,” he quipped.



newsroom@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

developmentSalmon Arm council

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

An Ontario-based company has signed a contract with the CSRD to managethe Sicamous and District Rec Centre. (File Photo)
Ontario-based company gets management contract for Sicamous rec centre

CSRD approves contract with Nustadia Recreation

Thirteen demonstrators laid signs and demanded justice for lost sisters April 22, 2021, as Curits Wayne Sagmoen’s cop assault charge went before the court. (Jennifer Smith - Vernon Morning Star)
Sagmoen to stand trial in Vernon for cop assault

Trial is estimated to last five days, defence lawyer says

Salmon Arm Silverbacks forward Simon Tassy (11) tries to set a screen in front of West Kelowna goalie Johnny Derrick with Warriors defenceman Skyler Cameron trying to prevent it. Tassy scored twice in the Silverbacks’ 5-2 B.C. Hockey League pod play win Wednesday, April 21, at Vernon’s Kal Tire Place. (Tami Quan Photography)
Salmon Arm Silverbacks slip past West Kelowna

Simon Tassy scores twice as Gorillas dump Warriors 5-2 in B.C. Hockey League pod play in Vernon

Weekly COVID-19 data for April 11 to 17, 2021 on new cases reported in North Okanagan-Shuswap health areas show Vernon, Armstrong and Revelstoke going down, Salmon Arm holding steady and Enderby with small increase. (British Columbia Centre for Disease Control image)
Just one North Okanagan-Shuswap health area sees rise in new COVID-19 cases

Latest weekly data available shows Enderby with small increase, Salmon Arm holding steady

Yellow outlines show the proposed cut blocks above seasonal homes in the Bastion Bay area. Residents are concerned that the removal of trees could lead to slope stability or debris flow issues in the steep creek above them. (Submitted)
CSRD backs logging moratorium near Bastion Creek

Residents concerned about a possible landslide or debris flow

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and United States President Joe Biden smile as they say farewell following a virtual joint statement in Ottawa, Tuesday, February 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Trudeau pledges to cut emissions by 40% to 45% by 2030, short of U.S. goal

Trudeau announced target during a virtual climate summit convened by U.S. President Joe Biden

Wife and husband duo Alexis Esseltine and Timothy Scoon n took over Penticton’s Tin Whistle Brewing in October, 2020 and are making their mark on the iconic brew-spot by announcing a new look and an environmental focus. (Contributed)
South Okanagan’s original brewery goes eco-friendly under new ownership

Tin Whistle Brewing is now one of the first certified carbon neutral breweries in B.C.

Journal de Montreal is seen in Montreal, on Thursday, April 22, 2021. The daily newspaper uses a file picture of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dressed in traditional Indian clothing during his trip to India to illustrate a story on the Indian variant of the coronavirus. Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press
Montreal newspaper blasted for front-page photo of Trudeau in India

Trudeau is wearing traditional Indian clothes and holding his hands together in prayer beside a caption that reads, ‘The Indian variant has arrived’

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP arrested a suspected impaired driver who took an unauthorized short cut to a Coldstream roadway. (File photo)
Impaired driver on slippery slope with Vernon RCMP

Person caught leaving locked Coldstream parking lot by taking unauthorized shortcut to roadway

A police officer stands by a kayak that overturned on Mission Creek in Kelowna on Thursday, April 22. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kayakers flip in Kelowna’s Mission Creek, lose two boats

Two overturned kayaks were spotted floating down the waterway on Thursday, kayaker says everybody made it out safely

Are you considering any ambitious home renovation projects? The Okanagan Regional Library can help. (Black Press file photo)
COLUMN: Redecorate your home with help from the library

Plenty of resources in place for home decoration projects

Peyton Slind enjoys the fruits of his labour. Photo submitted
B.C. youngster builds hammock out of 900 plastic bags

“I’m going to enjoy it until it splits in half.”

(Photo: pixabay.com)
Near miss between small plane and drone above downtown Kelowna

The drone came within 200 feet of colliding with the small aircraft

Most Read