County of Stettler hears building permits up over last year

The County of Stettler council heard a report May 24 suggesting the municipality is a popular place to live, whether it’s in a residence or a recreational vehicle. ECA Review/Submitted
Written by Stu Salkeld

The County of Stettler council heard a report May 24 suggesting the municipality is a popular place to live, whether it’s in a residence or a recreational vehicle. ECA Review/Submitted

The County of Stettler Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) heard a report at their May 24 regular meeting suggesting the municipality is a popular place to live.

The MPC is comprised of members of county council and is chaired by Coun. James Nibourg.

Development Officer Rich Fitzgerald provided his regular report to board members which was comprised entirely of a comparison of last year’s development statistics to this year’s numbers over the same portion of the calendar.

The comparison was conducted by contrasting the number of development permits issued for various types of land uses.

Fitzgerald’s report illustrated the types and numbers of developments from Jan. 1 to May 18, 2023: 18 residential permits, three commercial permits, four industrial permits, one recreation development permit, eight recreational vehicles (RV) as a dwelling permits, 14 ancillary use permits and three variance permits for a total of 51 up to May 18 of this year.

In comparison, development permits for this same time period of 2022 included: nine residential permits, three commercial permits, six industrial permits, seven RV as a dwelling unit permits, 11 ancillary permits, and three variance permits for a total of 39 permits up to May 18 of 2022.

During his presentation, Fitzgerald stated it’s busier in the County of Stettler planning and development department than last year with double the residential permits issued. “Little bit busier this year,” said Fitzgerald to the board members.

“The economy concerns don’t seem to be slowing developments down at all.”

The development officer noted he was quite grateful to have extra help in the planning and development department.

Commercial and industrial permits are about the same, however. RV as a dwelling unit permits also remained at about the same level as the previous year.

According to the numbers presented, the County of Stettler appears to be a popular place to live: a pie chart provided in Fitzgerald’s report noted that in the 2023 time period described 35 per cent of development permits issued were residential in nature while 16 per cent were RV as a dwelling unit in nature.

Board members unanimously accepted the development officer’s report as information.

Stu Salkeld
Local Journalism Initiative reporter
ECA Review

About the author

Stu Salkeld

Stu Salkeld, who has upwards of 28 years of experience in the Alberta community newspaper industry, is now covering councils and other news in the Stettler region and has experience working in the area as well.

He has joined the ECA Review as a Local Journalism Initiative Journalist.

Stu earned his two-year diploma in print journalism from SAIT in Calgary from 1993 to ’95 and was raised in Oyen, Alta., one of the communities within the ECA Review’s coverage area.