Business park construction contributed to high permit values

Steady construction in business parks was the main reason behind Red Deer County’s high permit values in 2013.

Steady construction in business parks was the main reason behind Red Deer County’s high permit values in 2013.

The $111,822,282 total value of permits issued was down from $151,002,622 in 2012, but still higher than the five-year average.

The number of permits increased, however, rising to 389 from 2012’s 347 and 2011’s 322.

Ron Barr, planning and development services manager, said in a county release that he was anticipating solid numbers again in the year ahead.

“It was a busy year for us in 2013, and we’re looking forward to what we expect will be another strong year for development in 2014.”

The county noted that already this year it has a number of projects underway in business parks throughout the county.