The Local Improvement Process
A local improvement can be initiated by the City of Edmonton based on an infrastructure assessment and the need for repairs or replacement. Alternatively, it can be initiated by property owners via an Expression of Interest (EOI), where they must prove majority support (50% + 1) in order for the local improvement to move forward.
Specific procedures and timelines vary depending upon the type of local improvement. The City mails such details to property owners in a Local Improvement Notice. Once the notice is issued, residents have 30 days to petition against the local improvement. A majority of the affected property owners need to sign the petition in order to defeat the local improvement.
- If the petition against the project is unsuccessful, City Council approves a Local Improvement Bylaw, after which construction must proceed within three years.
- If the petition against the project is successful, the proposed improvement does not proceed.