Housing growth continues in West Grey

The Municipality of West Grey continues a stretch of growth with improved building project numbers for the second consecutive year.

In 2020, builders and contractors in West Grey applied for more permits and the value of those permits was up by $1.5 million.

“The skyline of West Grey continues to change as the municipality works with area builders to facilitate unprecedented growth,” said Mayor Christine Robinson. “We know building is a cornerstone for the long-term health of our community—it will provide housing for families looking to connect and be a part of all that West Grey has to offer. This is truly an exciting time for West Grey and we look forward to another prosperous year.”

The value of projects in West Grey for 2018 was $30.7 million and in 2019 project values spiked to $39.9 million.  In 2020, 299 permits were issued for a total value of $41.4 million.

West Grey’s chief building official, Karl Schipprack, noted that despite the challenges for contractors dealing with supply line disruptions, navigating enhanced safety guidelines and other realities of operating under a pandemic, construction activity in the fall was very busy and more is expected into the spring and summer of 2021.

Much of the growth can be attributed to building new homes with 2020 seeing an increase of $1.74 million over 2019.