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For those that have been working with their neighbors on paving their back alley, the city has stopped all local improvements until May of 2024, and the addition to each homeowner’s property taxes will be delayed until 2025.
I mention this, since once in a while our office receives a request for a back alley to be paved. There is a five-step process, where a resident can request a petition, and if successful it comes to Council for a vote. The cost of the paving is placed on each of the owner’s tax bill.

‘A local improvement is a project that Council considers to be of greater benefit to specific part of a community rather than to the whole city. As a result, these projects are paid for in whole by a tax imposed on the properties affected by the project. The majority of citizen-initiated local improvements are for backlane paving, other types of local improvements include street lighting design upgrades, gravel road paving, or driveway crossings.

Both property owners or The City can initiate a local improvement. In either case, whenever a valid petition is received, a Notice of Intention to undertake a local improvement is sent to affected property owners. This letter indicates the type of work proposed and the estimated cost to the property owner.

Construction activities are dependent on several factors. Timelines may change due to inclement weather, complexity, supply chain, and/or other unexpected circumstances.

I received a Notice of Intention and do not want the local improvement outlined in the letter – see Step 4 of the Local improvement process’

Sean Chu

Sean Chu arrived in Calgary from Taiwan in 1985 speaking not a word of English, and within 7 years he was a sworn officer with the Calgary Police Service. From that point on Sean worked with the Calgary Police Service as on Officer for 21 years in a number of roles until 2013.

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