Building permits in Kingsville doubled last year

Nelson Santos, mayor of Kingsville, attends the regular meeting of council on October 11, 2016. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)

Kingsville’s building permits department was extra busy last year, but you will not hear any complaints from Mayor Nelson Santos.

He said investment doubled last year from what it was in 2018.

“Our overall growth in permitting was $165 million through 427 permits,” said Santos. “It was $80.7 million [in 2018].”

Enbridge Gas completed its $105 million natural gas pipeline last year. Hydro One and the Independent Electricity System Operator also announced plans to invest $580 million in a multi-stage project that will add four new transmission stations in Essex County and upgrade ones in Kingsville and Tecumseh.

Predictions by the IESO suggest demand will grow 200 per cent by the year 2026, and the new electricity project should finish in 2025.

“Greenhouse and agricultural will shoulder a lot of that demand, and we’ve seen it translate into significant support for sustaining residential growth,” added Santos.

He is also confident Kingsville will not experience growing pains like other fast-growing municipalities.

“Those are true employment lands and developments that help create and balance our local economy,” said Santos. “If we need to expand water lines or sanitary services or maintaining water pressures, our development charges bylaw has proven to be a significant tool for us to put money away for the future.”