Development in the County of Stettler has picked up the pace at the midpoint of 2013.
“Compared to last year at the same time, we’re a little bit higher,” said Johan van der Bank, the county’s director of planning and development.
For the first six months this year, the county issued development permits that totalled $8,240,000 for 39 permits, both more than the values of $7,900,500 for 39 permits.
“We are down of commercial development and that could be caused by the slow economy,” van der Bank said.
For this period, the county granted three commercial permits for $580,000 well below the same point last year with seven permits for $2,036,000.
A major gravel pit was the most significant commercial development, while the balance covered smaller projects, he said.
For residential, development totalled $7,660,000 with 46 permits.
“Most of the residential development is around the town of Stettler, Erskine, Donalda, Warden and around Buffalo Lake,” van der Bank said.
Last year at the midpoint, 32 residential permits totalled $5,864,500.
More residential development is anticipated.
“We expect to have more acreage subdivisions after the municipal development plan was amended to allow two acreages for a quarter section,” van der Bank said.
Overall for last year, the county registered development permits valued at $14,226,615.
Figures for the past year may be skewed as two other major industrial projects were in the works, although a seed-cleaning plant on a site in the Warden area, and a coal-crushing plant east of Donalda on Highway 53 have progressed no further.
Land was also opened last year to build a truck stop on Highway 12 on a 15-acre site on the eastern outskirts of town boundaries across from 38 Street for a proposed hotel/motel, convenience store, restaurant, with smaller lots for other opportunities.