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Ward 1 News: Flood Relocation Buyout

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Ward 1 official websiteGovernment of Alberta’s Floodway Relocation Buyout Program

The deadline for Calgarians to apply for the Government of Alberta’s (GOA) Floodway Relocation Buyout Program is August 30, 2014.  Applicants that have applied before this deadline have until September 30, 2014 to accept an offer from the Province to purchase their property at the 2013 municipal property tax assessed value. Complete details regarding the program, and frequently ask questions can be found on the GOA website, Relocating after Flooding.
The GOA is responsible for all maintenance and eventual demolition or relocation of homes purchased through the program. Properties will be returned to a landscaped area once the homes are removed. 
A total of 16 Floodway Relocation Buyout properties have already been transferred to the Province in Calgary, and are located in Wards 9 and 11. Additional properties may be transferred prior to the deadline established.  For safety and security reasons, the GOA is not publicly announcing these properties as Floodway Relocation Buyouts. 
The GOA is conducting a technical assessment of all homes purchased through the program to determine their condition and the best way to remove them from the site, or to safely demolish.  As a result, neighbours may notice some activity at these properties that could result in inquiries to 311 and Ward offices.  Property demolitions and even home moves can begin at anytime but are not anticipated to start until the spring of 2015 in Calgary.
The City has met with representatives of the GOA to discuss communication of the program, general maintenance, public safety and security, as well as the potential use of these sites for future flood protection.  GOA has hired a general contractor to maintain these properties for City Bylaws, and is performing regular security checks.  
For further inquiries regarding the next steps for these properties, demolition and reclamation timelines, and future use of this property should be directed to the Government of Alberta:
Jill Nimmo, Executive Assistant
Office of the Deputy Minister Infrastructure
3rd fl Infrastructure Building
6950 - 113 Street
Edmonton, AB
T6H 5V7

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