Sidewalk reconstruction is part of the City's Neighbourhood Renewal program and is subject to the approval of the Local Improvement Bylaw. When a neighbourhood is scheduled for reconstruction, the sidewalks are included in the project scope.
City-initiated local improvement
Cost shared 50-50 between the City at large and property owners
Neighbourhoods divided into project areas
Property owners receive a Local Improvement Notice in the mail prior to construction
Sidewalk reconstruction includes:
Removal of existing concrete
Laying of gravel base
Pouring new concrete with reinforcing steel
Connecting sidewalk to property owner sidewalk
Re-landscaping of disturbed areas to City specifications
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.
Part of the City’s funding is borrowed from the provincial government. This cost is passed on to property owners who choose to extend their payments over the course of local improvement. Exact costs are provided with the Local Improvement Notice. This tax is associated with the property and not with the property owner.
All residential lots with frontage (sidewalk at the front of a property) abutting local improvement construction will be assessed the full rate (50% of the cost). Corner lots that abut and flank proposed local improvement construction (sidewalks on both the front and side of the property) will be assessed the full rate on the short side (frontage) and 15% of the length of the long side (flankage).
Odd or Pie-shaped Lots
The cost is determined by adding the front and rear lot dimensions and dividing the total in half. The average is used for the purposes of assessment and may not be more than twice the front lot dimension. The rear dimension of a pie-shaped lot is scaled off the corner at the shortest side and is projected at a right angle to the longest side.
Property owners may petition against a sidewalk reconstruction within 30 days of receiving the Local Improvement Notice.
For neighbourhoods that are part of a Neighbourhood Renewal Program, Neighbourhoods are divided into project areas. In order to defeat a sidewalk local improvement project, the City must receive valid petitions back from a majority of the property owners within their project area. (Majority = 50% + 1 of the benefitting owners).
For project areas where valid and sufficient petitions have been received, the project area will continue to be maintained with maintenance procedures only which include patching, grinding and mud jacking
If sidewalk reconstruction is initiated by the property owners in the future and there is no Neighbourhood Renewal program occurring simultaneously, the property owners will be responsible to pay for 100% of the cost
For More Information
Building Great Neighbourhoods
All additional inquiries or escalations can be directed to the Building Great Neighbourhoods team, or by calling 311.