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Building value up $10 million in small North Okanagan town

New construction on residential units was heightened in Enderby during 2017.

According to the city, Enderby saw a total building value of $10,804,260, which accounted for a 228% increase over 2016 values.

“The building boom is great to see. I think that what excites me most is that we are seeing development across a spectrum of housing options,” said Enderby Mayor Greg McCune.

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“We are seeing seniors’ supportive housing, manufactured and modular housing, condominiums, and single family homes all developing at the same time.”

The 2017 housing report shows Enderby is increasingly becoming a desirable place to live with 40 new residential units created during the year and several more still under construction.

That’s a sharp uptick from 2016, where only five new residential units were built thoughout the entire year.

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“We have worked very hard at our level to trim our turn-around times for planning applications and open up our land use bylaws to permit more diversity in housing options,” said Mayor McCune.

“This has included coming up with a lower-intensity multi-family zone that will be less likely to affect the character of existing neighbourhoods and permitting detached suites like carriage houses.”

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Permitting more diversity in housing has been a goal for the city in an effort to support attainable housing for both young families and seniors.

While Enderby isn’t expecting 2018 to be as busy as 2017 the city says it’s optimistic about the activity continuing.

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