The City considers the impact on property owners when approving projects and selects plans that minimize the need for the acquisition of private property. In some cases, privately-held property will need to be acquired in order for the project to move forward.
The City prefers to acquire properties needed for a project that are listed or otherwise offered for sale. For properties not offered for sale, a City of Edmonton property agent will contact owners when the City begins to actively acquire properties for the project. City property agents will negotiate in good faith in an effort to reach agreement with the owners to buy the required properties for fair compensation.
If a property owner and the City property agent cannot reach an agreement to purchase the property, the City may proceed with expropriation of the property as a last resort.