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The City offers decorative street light options for neighbourhoods that are to be reconstructed. As opposed to the current standard galvanized street lights, decorative street lights have features that include colour, pole styles, and pole arm types.

Please note that decorative street light poles must be installed for the entire neighbourhood.

About the Program

Decorative street lighting work is subject to the approval of the Local Improvement Bylaw. Street lights with standard galvanized poles are replaced; this option carries no cost to the homeowners. However, property owners can also opt for decorative street lighting. The cost of decorative street lighting, only the incremental amount over and above the cost of standard galvanized poles, is paid by property owners.

The Local Improvement Process

Through the Neighbourhood Renewal Program, Building Great Neighbourhoods offers an option for neighbourhoods to upgrade their street lighting. It’s a two-step process where community preference is identified through an Expression of Interest and then decided by a Local Improvement process.

Step 1 — Expression of Interest (EOI) Process: July – November

  • July  — The community league or property owners send one street light selection to the City no later than July 3 of the year prior to construction. 
  • September/October — The City sends an EOI package containing estimated costs for the upgrades to decorative street lighting to registered property owners.
  • November — Property owners must return the EOI to the City by November 15 to inform the City of their preference to upgrade or not. 50%+1 of a representative sample of the neighbourhood must respond in favour of the decorative street lights in order for the local improvement to move forward.
  • November/December — The City validates the signatures. If a representative sampling of property owners sign in support, the City initiates a Decorative Street light Local Improvement (Step 2). 

Step 2 — Local Improvement Process: December — Early Spring

  • January/February — The City sends out the local improvement tax notice to property owners.
  • 30-days petition period — After mailout, there is a 30-day petition period for property owners to petition against the local improvement if they’d like to do so.  A majority of the affected property owners in the neighbourhood need to sign and return the tax notice in order to defeat the local improvement.
    • The petition against must be signed by 50%+1 of property owners within the entire neighbourhood to defeat the local improvement. 
    • This process is governed by the Municipal Government Act (MGA) and City Policy
  • A valid petition against must include the signature of all titled owners. The titled owners’ signatures must be witnessed and the witness must swear an affidavit before a Commissioner of Oaths. 
  • If the petition against the local improvement succeeds, the City will notify property owners, the decorative street lights will be not installed, and standard galvanized street lights will be installed. 
  • If a sufficient petition against the local improvement is not received, City Council will pass a Local Improvement Bylaw and the decorative street lights will be installed.

Costs and Cost Sharing

Local improvements are often carried out in conjunction with other major construction work in a neighbourhood. Since local improvements benefit a neighbourhood more than the municipality as a whole, a portion of these costs are covered by neighbourhood property owners.

If a neighbourhood opts for decorative street lights, the property owners are responsible to pay 100% of the cost over and above the cost of replacing the street lights with standard galvanized poles.

Property owners have two payment options:

Lump sum payment: The full cost is paid at one time.

Local Improvement tax: The full cost is amortized over 15 years and the payments are added to your property taxes. The tax stays with the property. Should you move, the payments become the responsibility of the new owner.

For More Information

Local Improvement




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