Not as many roadways and sidewalks being laid down in Kamloops

Infill is the reason for fewer metres being added to city landscape

Signs of infill are beginning to show in Kamloops.

Last year, the city issued record-breaking building permit values, at $285 million, but new development infrastructure was limited compared to previous years.

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In 2018, the city recorded 1,180 metres of new roadway, 580 metres of new sidewalk and 1,925 metres of combined new water, sanitary and storm mains.

That compares to more than 4,350 metres of new roadway and 2,450 metres of new sidewalk in 2017; 3,110 metres of new roadway and 1,965 meters of new sidewalk in 2016; and 6,290 metres of new roadway and 3,950 metres of new sidewalk in 2015.

Overall, the numbers are down. 

“It’s not a reason to be alarmed,” city development director Marvin Kwiatkowski said. “It’s just due to less subdivisions of a larger nature, where there’s less larger sections of road and infrastructure being built.”

Kwiatkowski said infill is a positive because infrastructure is already in place.

“In our case, a lot of the projects last year were more multi-family type projects, strata-development type projects, so the city is not taking over the infrastructure on a strata development,” he said.

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