City of Castlegar receives grant for age-friendly assessment

City council announces grant and looks at year-end building permit report.

This week’s city council meeting had a very light agenda with committee reports and the year-end building permit report the main items on the list.

The Community Wellness and Social Services Committee was happy to announce that the city had been successful with its application for the 2018 UBCM Age-friendly Communities grant application and would be receiving $25,000.

The application was submitted in partnership with the Community Response Network (CRN) for their Age Friendly Assessment and Action Plan Project.

The money will be used to complete an age-friendly assessment and action plan for the city. The Castlegar Community Response Network (CRN) will be contracted by the city to carry out the project, however, the city will be responsible for the overall management of the grant and will have direct input into questions for the survey.

Building permits

The 2018 building permit dollar value total was just over $9.62 million. That total is down from the 2016 total, but as was the case all year, that can be accounted for by the $13.5 million Fortis Operations Centre construction last year.

The 220 permits issued during the year were almost the same amount as the previous year — up by just one.

A breakdown of the permits by category shows that approximately $2.72 million was for single-family dwellings, $1.94 million was for residential alterations, $2.09 million was for new commercial properties, $771,669 was for commercial alterations, $86,000 was for industrial alterations, $1.38 million was for new institutional properties and $618,214 was for institutional alterations.

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