As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 4th of January, 2018, for the whole area of the town of Trilj, only eight building permits were issued for the construction of family homes in 2018.
Trilj, a town and municipality located in inland Dalmatia boasts 26 settlements which extend to 267 square kilometres, and in which 9,109, just inhabitants lived according to the 2011 census. This number is certainly significantly lower due to Croatia’s ongoing demographic crisis and migration from all over Croatia which continues on today.
This worrying information set alarm bells ringing for Trilj’s mayor, Ivan Šipic. While the Čaporice work zone and the 3LJ project both continue to try to secure as many new jobs as possible for Trilj’s residents, and a number of other moves and investments are attempting to reverse the increasingly unfavourable demographic trends facing not only Trilj but the entire country, the notion of there never having been a smaller number of permits issued for the construction of family homes clearly shook the mayor.
Owing to this, an idea has been arrived to in order to encourage more people to request permits build houses. Šipić proposed, and the town council unanimously accepted, that in Trilj’s budget for 2019, the amount of 300,000 kuna has been allocated to stimulate the construction of family houses, Slobodna Dalmacija writes.
“Many Trilj locals have plots, but for building permits they have to allocate at least 15,000 kuna. For many of our fellow citizens, that’s a very large amount and even bigger brake when it comes to the decision on getting involved in construction, and as mayor, I’ve decided that all Trilj locals who want to build family houses will get their building permits free of charge,” stated Mayor Šipić. Priority will be given to young married couples who choose to live with their families.
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