New South Glengarry home building jumps 57%

The Township of South Glengarry municipal office at 6 Oak Street in Lancaster, Ont. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

LANCASTER – The number of new homes built in South Glengarry jumped nearly 57 per cent in 2021.

Figures from the township’s building department show 58 new houses were created last year, compared to 37 the year before.

For all construction, there were 303 permits issued last year compared to 263 in 2020 – a 15 per cent increase.

The value of all that work also saw marked increase with nearly $40.5 million in construction compared to $23.3 million in 2020.

During Monday night’s council meeting, Coun. Stephanie Jaworski said the increase is “impressive” and “represents an incredible amount of work” for the building department, led by Chief Building Official Chris Raabe.

Raabe was hired in April 2020.

The boom seems to be a marked change from a township building department that was mired in controversy in 2017 with backlogs on building permits and lots of complaints from builders.