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Local improvements

A local improvement is a project that Council considers to be of greater benefit to specific part of a community rather than to the whole city. As a result, these projects are paid for in whole by a tax imposed on the properties affected by the project. The majority of citizen-initiated local improvements are for backlane paving, other types of local improvements include street lighting design upgrades, gravel road paving, or driveway crossings.

Both property owners or The City can initiate a local improvement. In either case, whenever a valid petition is received, a Notice of Intention to undertake a local improvement is sent to affected property owners. This letter indicates the type of work proposed and the estimated cost to the property owner.

I received a Notice of Intention and do not want the local improvement outlined in the letter - see Step 4 of the Local improvement process
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Local improvement process


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Step 1

<div class="ExternalClassD9775406FEB94FFCA1B9FB12E1B8E52F"><h3>Request a “petition for” package</h3> <p>To initiate a local improvement you will need to obtain a &quot;petition for&quot; package (includes a petition form, rates sheet, initial estimated cost, map statement of witness and affidavit). </p> <p>Please keep in mind that: </p> <ul> <li>The cost of the local improvement will be the responsibility of the affected property owners, and </li> <li>The requestor is responsible for circulating and returning the completed petition package.</li> </ul> <p><a title="Request a Petition For package" href="https://calgary-csrprodcwi.motorolasolutions.com/Public/ServiceRequest.mvc/SRIntakeStep2/ROLOIMIN?guid=193b3679cc2e4239a1637f72ec0b5e8e" target="_blank">Request a <strong>Petition For </strong>package</a></p> <p><strong>Note:</strong> Petition packages will take six to eight weeks to prepare.</p> </div>

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    Request a “petition for” package

    To initiate a local improvement you will need to obtain a "petition for" package (includes a petition form, rates sheet, initial estimated cost, map statement of witness and affidavit).

    Please keep in mind that:

    • The cost of the local improvement will be the responsibility of the affected property owners, and
    • The requestor is responsible for circulating and returning the completed petition package.

    Request a Petition For package

    Note: Petition packages will take six to eight weeks to prepare.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

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    Once Council approves the project and construction has been completed, all property owners affected by the improvement are required to pay their assessed cost, even if they are opposed to the project.
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    In order to finance the projects, The City borrows funds and pays interest on these funds. This cost of borrowing is passed on to the property owners.
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    Generally, local improvement projects are tendered out to private contractors.

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