Following their Community Issue Committee meeting on March 20, Carleton Place Council held a regular session of their Planning and Protection Committee. The main topic of discussion was a updating of the town’s building bylaw. Some of the recommended changes were merely minor language edits to keep this legislation in line with provincial requirements but a new section was added to help deal with emergency situations such as flood or tornadoes with major property damage. This part would give the Chief Administrative Office the power to temporarily appoint qualified building inspectors from other jurisdictions to help out in emergency situations to help expedite reconstruction.
Chief Building Official Brian Gass reported his experience in other municipalities where this type of help made a real difference in getting things restored after a major emergency. Councilor Sean Redmond mentioned that with Carleton Place’s burgeoning housing market, the improvements to this bylaw made good sense. He noted that to this date in 2018 the town had issued building permits representing values equal to half of all of 2017. The committee approved the bylaw amendments and will send them to full council for ratification.