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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Construction Values Top 96 Million in Saugeen Shores

Saugeen Shores | by Bayshore News Staff  

The majority of the town's building activity was residential, with 104 new house permits issued last year.

Saugeen Shores Mayor Luke Charbonneau is on a speaking tour throughout the municipality, telling groups and organizations that will listen, about the state of the town.

Mayor Charbonneau says Saugeen Shores is the fastest growing community in Bruce County and the numbers bear him out.

In an information report to councillors, Building Services announces that in 2018, construction values topped 96-million-dollars, up from 2017's tally of just over 76.6-million-dollars.

The majority of the town's building activity was residential, with 104 new house permits issued last year.

Multiple family residences including townhouses, condos and apartments also increased over 2017.

Notable projects contributing to these high numbers include the Westlinks development, Northport Estates, and Devonshire Road which includes multi-unit 4-story apartment buildings.

Based on building inquiries, the town anticipates that 2019 will be another strong year for construction and growth in Saugeen Shores.

But with good numbers comes challenges like finding a sustainable labour force and providing affordable housing.

Charbonneau says, "We need to make to sure that anybody who wants to, can live and work in Saugeen Shores."

He notes the average household income in the municipality is around $120,000 but there are a lot who don't make that kind of money and they need the opportunity to live in Saugeen Shores as well.

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