Lakes Region commission sees less growth in region
Residential building permits for the Lakes Region peaked in 2002 at 1,205, but remained above 1,150 from 2003 to 2005. Building permits plummeted by 2009 and now appear to have settled in at about 200 a year, according to the report.
“This trend is getting stronger,” the report notes.
And population growth rates have slowed. Between 1980 to 2010, the region’s population increased by 34,609, an annual average of 1.5 percent. For the next 30 years, 2010 to 2040, projections indicate the population will increase by 11,200, an annual average of 0.33 percent, or a reduction in the rate of increase from 1,153 new residents to about 370 per year.
New England experienced 70 percent more extreme precipitation in recent years as evidenced by dramatic downpours that increase the risk of flooding, according to the report.
Hayes said the LRPC will try to promote more manufacturing jobs in the area by working with state legislators to make the permitting process for development easier, and by identifying key land areas for business development.
The commission will also continue its focus on promoting good water quality management practices, and will work with towns on emergency management systems as it has been doing, Hayes said.