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Tuesday, 18 October 2016 19:03

KC full steam ahead on permit approvals

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            Kawartha Conservation says it has reorganized to help address growing demands for processing development permit applications—and to be more responsive to the needs of customers and municipal partners.

            “With an increase in development across the watershed, combined with a surge in real-estate activity, permit applications have risen

dramatically,” said KC CAO Rob Messervey.

            Staff processed and approved 318 permit applications between this January and September. That’s a 26 percent increase over the 252 permits issued for the same period last year.

            He pointed out that Kawartha Conservation has not denied a single application in 2016.

             “We have had our challenges at times with heavy application volumes and being able to process the number of permit applications on a timely basis,” Messervey acknowledged.

             Among the organizational changes, supported by KC’s board, is the creation of a dedicated Planning, Development and Engineering department, to be led by Ron Warne.

            The authority also hired an additional Planning and Regulations Technician.

             “We understand how critical it is to our customers that the permit application is both efficient and follows a common-sense approach,” Messervey said.

             “We hope to see this increased level of development activity sustained into the future,” he added. “We are positioned to support this. Our staff is committed to working with all of our customers to find solutions to their development requirements.” 

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