Off-site levies to stay the same


Developers learned that 2018 off-site levy rates could stay relatively the same as last year’s rates during an information session held by the city on Feb. 22.

Acting city engineer Aleks Cieply, who presented the new numbers, said only a few minor changes would be added to the off-site levy bylaw. Those changes include: levy rates in the bylaw have been updated to 2018 dollars and the long-term timing for infrastructure requirements has been updated.

The bylaw amendments also include a new sanitary lift station in the Lakeview Business District.

“Really not that significant as for the updates themselves,” he said of the changes.

The city collects off-site levies from developers in order to pay for new or expanded infrastructure. Levy rates are adjusted annually based on the infrastructure that took place in the previous year and how much net developable land the city has left.

Developers pay the off-site levies for infrastructure they’ll benefit from that has been built on the land by the city, such as sewage, water or arterial roads.

The levy rates are divided into four categories: storage or transmission of water, storage or disposal of sewage, storm water management facilities, and roads impacted by development.

Cieply said there has been a decrease in around 35 hectares of net developable land in St. Albert since last year.

Paul Derksen, senior vice president with the development company QuadReal,said he was happy to hear that the 2018 off-site levies wouldn’t be changing much from last year.

“These kind of things is where you have fear,” he said. “You have fear that there’s been a lot of things added … We’re pleased that there’s been no increase to the levies and we look forward to continuing our development in St. Albert.”

QuadReal is developing in the Anthony Henday Business Park, located in South Riel. The company is currently building a new recycling facility in the park.

The off-site levies will need to go before council before being approved. Council will hear more about the levies during the March 19 meeting.

The levy bylaw was approved in 2010 and must be reviewed every three years. The last time the document was amended was in March 2017.


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