South of the Fraser

Surrey, Delta, White Rock and Langleys

Total building permits, in dollars, from 1998-2012 South of the Fraser River

Economy ยป Building permits

Surrey the giant in total value of building permits

It shouldn't come as a surprise: Surrey has higher value of building permits than other areas South of the Fraser River.

BC Stats has compiled a variety of building permit data from Stats Canada recently. I'll be poking around the various tables over the next little while. I recently did Building permits South of the Fraser River - the last 25 months. I hope to update that one frequently, perhaps every month or so! This post looks at something similar: the total value of building permits, but from 1998-2012. That's about as long a view as you're going to find.

The source of the data is here. If you like poking through CSV files I highly recommend looking through the information BC Stats compiles.

The charts below are somewhat interactive. If you hover over a point the data will pop out. Unfortunately, it doesn't work consistently on mobile devices, so I'll show them as regular ol' graphics at the end.

First, just looking at the communities South of the Fraser River, Delta, Surrey, White Rock, the Township of Langley and the City of Langley we can see the scale of planned construction over 15 years:


For some context I collected a few subregions together. "South of the Fraser" are the five communities we just looked at. I put Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge into "North of the Fraser", and left Vancouver and Richmond on their own. These groupings are pretty arbitrary, but I think they sort of fall in how most people view these areas.

You'd think Vancouver would have run out of places to build things, but apparently not. I find it fascinating how closely the groupings North and South of the Fraser follow each other, while Vancouver seems to find it's own path. Also note the three sub-regions are reasonably close to each other.


And now, as promised, the graphs as static images:

Building permits South of the Fraser 1998-2012 Building Permits sub-region comparison



Info on South of the Fraser River: Surrey, Delta, White Rock, City of Langley, Township of Langley, Fort Langley. Maybe a bit of Abbotsford, just for fun.

This site is experimental. See About (top right) for more, or Blog for meta-information. The working goal is to create an almanac of items, tidbits of information and methods of gathering information.

Right now the site is biased to just south of the Fraser River, within the northern reaches of great City of Surrey, but there is some foraging further afield.

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