Building activity in Rideau Lakes nearly doubled over previous five-year period

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The Township of Rideau Lakes has reported substantial building activity and sustained growth over the past five years, as highlighted in the end-of-year report presented to the council earlier this month.

According to the report, a total of 342 homes and cottages received building permits between 2019 and 2023, a significant increase from the 179 permits issued during the previous five-year period from 2014 to 2018. This data underscores the Township’s achievement of steady and sustainable growth.

“It’s great to see people choosing to live and work in Rideau Lakes,” said Mayor Arie Hoogenboom in a media release. “Township council is always working towards positive growth and continued investment in our communities, on behalf of our residents.”

The latest census data aligns with these statistics, revealing a notable rise in the township’s population. In 2021, the population increased by 557 people, reaching a total of 10,883, compared to 10,326 in 2016.

Over the past five years, Rideau Lakes has witnessed a substantial investment of $155,775,661 million in total construction value, averaging $31,155,132 million annually.

Development Services, encompassing the building department and planning services, plays a crucial role in managing applications under the Planning Act and the Ontario Building Code. It ensures compliance with the township’s Official Plan, zoning by-law, and other municipal by-laws. The revenue generated through development charges directly supports the services demanded by the increasing population, allowing the Township to maintain property taxes at the lowest possible level.

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