City of Blaine expecting significant development
“We’re at the very beginning of a considerable incline. Growth is on its way at a significantly increased rate.”
Tallying up building permits and development applications for 2004, Blaine’s community development director Terry Galvin saw all the indicators of a building boom.
Presenting the yearly summary of building permit approvals to city council at their January 10 meeting, Galvin reported that in 2004 there were more than twice as many permits issued as in 2002: 121 residential units and five commercial units were built in the city last year. “You can see a fairly dramatic rise in housing starts in the last year,” Galvin said. In the last decade, with the exception of 1994 when permits were issued for eight four-plexes that were never completed, the number of residential units for which permits were issued annually has stayed in the high 30’s and low 40’s. In 2003, that number climbed to 52 and last year it jumped to 121, with marked increases in single family homes in Semiahmoo and multi-family projects.
The jump in building starts examined in conjunction with a surge in land development suggests the increase will be more than a spike. “A significant number of subdivision applications have come in this year,” Galvin said. On Adelia Street a group of 10 four-plexes was approved in March and a group of seven duplexes in Semiahmoo got a November preliminary approval. Applications are now under review for the Seagrass condominiums project, 36 duplexes on Semiahmoo Spit, and the Zone 20 subdivision on the south end of Semiahmoo Parkway that would create 62 single family lots, and three lots for multi-family development.
City planner Russell Nelson has said that already this year his department has received applications for two condominium/ hotel projects in central Blaine and “there’s a lot more coming.”