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Petawawa outpacing last year's growth

By Ryan Paulsen, The Daily Observer

Town of Petawawa Municipal Building

Town of Petawawa Municipal Building

If the latest building permit numbers submitted to the Town of Petawawa are anything to go on, the town's growth over the past few years is far from over.

The monthly building department report filed by chief building official Randy Mohns provided data up to and including the month of June, and over the course of the first half of 2016, the town has already granted permits for nearly as much construction as took place throughout the entirety of 2015.

By the end of that year, the town had issued a total of 283 permits, bringing in more than $73,000 in fees and representing almost $19.5 million worth of construction value. At the halfway point of 2016, 154 permits have been issued, worth more than $54,500 in fees and representing just under $17 million in construction and renovation.

On its own, June saw a slight downturn compared to last year (36 permits for $3.9 million in construction in 2016 compared to 51 permits and $5.2 million in construction last year), but both April and May hugely outpace their 2015 counterparts to more than make up for it.

The big difference, according to Mohns's report, comes from this year's much brisker pace for new home construction. By this time last year, 30 new home permits had been issued (out of 49 for the year), while so far the town has signed off on 40 new house construction projects.

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