Steady growth noted in the city’s annual report

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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The cover to Prince Albert's 2013 Annual Report.

The City of Prince Albert may be growing at a slower rate than the province’s largest two cities, but things are still on a fairly steady rise.

 

The city released its 2013 Annual Report this week -- a document that notes continued growth, albeit nothing groundbreaking.

Last year, the city approved 292 building permits valued at a total of $68.8 million.

The number of building permits represents a slight (4.7 per cent) decrease from the five-year average of 308.6.

Building permits’ total value of $68.8 million was an eight per cent decrease from the five-year average of $74.8 million.

In 2013, 285 new business permits were issued -- a 17.48 per cent increase over the city’s five-year average.

The city’s planning and development department is currently operating without a director, planning manager and an economic development manager.

Working as the department’s interim director, city manager Jim Toye said that the department is currently limited to day-to-day operations, but should be able to set their sights to longer-term development efforts once their ranks are filled out. 

In addition to tracking city growth, the 2013 Annual Report includes an audited financial statement to Dec. 31, 2013.

The full 66-page report is available online at www.citypa.ca. 

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