The first-quarter chart of the building permits issued in the electoral areas in the Regional District of Nanaimo. (RDN illustration)

The first-quarter chart of the building permits issued in the electoral areas in the Regional District of Nanaimo. (RDN illustration)

Regional District of Nanaimo sees building permit numbers fall in first quarter

Value of construction activity in RDN more than $25 million

Building activity in the first quarter in Regional District of Nanaimo got off to a slow start.

In the first three months of 2021, the RDN issued 141 building permits, down compared to the past three years — 203 in 2020, 181 in 2019 and 163 in 2018. It consisted of 134 residential and seven commercial developments.

In District 69, Electoral Area H (Bowser, Qualicum Bay, Deep Bay) had the lowest number of building permits issued with 11, down from 23 last year.

In other regions compared to the previous year, Electoral Area E (Nanoose Bay) was down a point from 23 to 22; Electoral Area F (Coombs, Hilliers, Errington, Whiskey Creek, Meadowood) decreased to 17 from 26; and Area G (French Creek, San Pareil, Little Qualicum, Englishman River) declined to 20 from 34.

READ MORE: Regional District of Nanaimo plans to develop community amenity policy

The value of this year’s first-quarter construction activity in the entire regional district is more than $25 million.

Staff indicated the construction value of permits issued can fluctuate based on the type and scope of the projects.

— NEWS Staff

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