Saskatchewan is growing
Builders in Regina are working on some less-expensive projects this March than the previous year.
The City's monthly building permit report shows the value of permits issued in March was less than half of those approved in 2013. While the overall number didn't change much, the City only issued just under $33 million worth of permits this March, compared to more than $72 million worth the year earlier.
The biggest reason appears to be a drop of more than $29 million in apartment bulding permits.
The provincial government has laid out a plan to get traffic off Regina's main thoroughfares and around the city's outskirts.
On Monday, the Saskatchewan government released its plan for a route for the Regina Bypass highway project. The massive infrastructure project should re-route traffic around three quarters of the city via the new highway built a few kilometres outside the city's borders.
The voice of opposition is getting louder over a proposed development in Emerald Park that would see an apartment complex and a care home built.
Some residents of the Regina bedroom community aren’t happy that the two storey care home and four storey apartment building are being built amidst middle of $500,000 to $1 million priced homes.
“Why are all the neighbours all mad? This is not something that we knew was coming into our backyards,” said Jason Rumpel, who lives adjacent to the proposed development site.
The City of Regina needs hire more bus mechanics and engineers, so this week city staff joined a business delegation on a trip Ireland to see if they can find anyone interested in moving here.
The Saskatchewan government has announced four new highway improvement projects this year with money left over from Building Canada Fund.
Highways Minister Don McMorris says the province saved $16.5 million on two other projects that were previously approved under the federal program. The provincial government will also kick in another $18.5 million to make up the total estimated cost of $35.1 million.
“It’s great that we can see some of the savings we had on other projects and reinvest it into highways,” McMorris said.
Despite concern from residents in the neighbourhood, a new apartment complex will be going up in Regina's east end.
City council voted on Thursday to rezone land in Gardiner Park at 510 University Park Drive allowing for a total of 220 apartment units to go up in four new buildings.
David Marriman lives nearby and expressed his concerns at the council meeting.
“This additional burden is really not fair to this community is the general consensus,” he said.
He and several other residents are concerned about extra traffic and congestion.
Saskatoon ranks number one in growth and employment and a new StatsCan report shows the city of bridges as being the youngest city in Canada.
And a lot of that has to do with the number of skilled immigrants picking Saskatoon as a new home.
According to a recent report from the City of Saskatoon, before 2006, Saskatoon welcomed between 700-800 immigrants. In 2011 alone the city added about 3,800 newcomers.
Mayor Don Atchison said that’s because Saskatoon’s secret has been shared across the globe.
Regina City Council has managed to shave a little bit off a proposed seven per cent property tax increase, despite calls from more than a dozen people asking for more and different spending.
A special budget meeting was held at Regina City Hall Monday evening. After some last-minute manoeuvers by Councillors, the proposed tax hike was brought down to 5.89 per cent. Combined with an eight per cent increase in water and sewer utility rates, that means an average household will have to pay roughly $240 more a year.
In the face of local opposition, the CEO of Fortune Minerals is still making his case for a processing facility the company wants to build near Langham, Sask.
Speaking in an appearance on John Gormley Live, Robin Goad said that concerns about contaminants from the proposed Saskatchewan Metals Processing Plant leeching into the ground water were addressed in a review by the province's Ministry of Environment.
"When you go through this process, it was four years of intense scrutiny," he said.