Petitions in Favour of the Establishment of a Business Improvement Area (BIA)
A BIA is a unique opportunity for businesses to work together to accomplish mutual goals. Customers want safe, interesting and attractive places to shop, dine and conduct business. A BIA is initiated at the request of a business community.
Sustainable Development provides the municipal coordinating function for Edmonton's BIAs. Staff provide consultation and planning services related to the establishment and ongoing operation of BIAs. Once the petition has been validated, a Bylaw for establishment of the BIA is presented to City Council for three (3) readings.
Petitions Opposed to the Establishment of a Business Improvement Area (BIA)
Sustainable Development does not provide a coordinating function for petitions opposing a BIA. The petition will be headed by a local organizer in the area.
To be sufficient, the petition must be signed by more that 50% of the businesses that would be taxable businesses in the proposed BIA. The petition must be filed within 60 days PLUS a seven (7) day mailing period for a total of 67 days from the day a letter stating the request for a BIA was given to the businesses in the proposed area.