An individual property owner can initiate a local improvement by contacting 311 and describing the nature and location of the desired local improvement.
The City checks for existing similar local improvement work in the area, obtains the necessary utility clearances (e.g. Water Services clearance for lane paving), and provides the initiating property owner with a map and/or list of affected property addresses, the current uniform tax rate, if applicable, and a petition form. The initiating individual gathers signatures from the affected property owners and returns the petition to Roads for validation.
Under Section 392 of the Municipal Government Act, a local improvement petition is considered valid if: a) it is signed by two-thirds (2/3) of the owners who would be liable to pay the local improvement tax, and (b) the owners who sign the petition represent at least half (1/2) the assessed value of the parcels of land in respect of which the tax will be imposed.
Roads will notify affected property owners in writing as to the validity of the petition. If City Council approves the local improvement project, work can proceed. The property owners' portion of the cost of the project is levied proportionately to each property owner over a 15-year period in the form of an annual local improvement tax.
For more information on this program, refer to the local improvements page.