Neighbourhood Infrastructure Renewal
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What is NIRP?
Introduced in 2014, the Neighbourhood Infrastructure Renewal Program (NIRP) is an infrastructure management program geared at rehabilitating Peace River’s ageing infrastructure. Funding comes from the Neighbourhood Infrastructure Renewal levy on municipal tax bills, that money is then matched with funds from the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) or other grant funding if available.
By drawing a little from everyone in the tax base, then matching it with outside grants or other funding the Town is able to address larger and longer reaching projects, with a smaller burden on ratepayer than under the previous neighbour improvement model. Work involves replacing sewer, water, roads and sidewalks in designated areas. Typically the engineering, planning and prep work is done a year prior to construction, this means residents can expect plenty of notice before work begins.
Construction and rehabilitation work will be taking place this year along 86 Avenue in the North end of Peace River. This follows the engineering and prep work completed in 2016, as well as extensive consultations with local residents. Work along 86 Avenue will see the replacement of most of the sewer lines, water lines, as well as the relaying of new road beds, roadway and sidewalk. The construction component is expected to last throughout the summer with final paving work to be completed in the fall of 2017.
Work is also taking place in Lower West Peace, a project leveraging funds from the 2015 Federal infrastructure grant, the Building Canada Fund, the Town is able to complete some sewer and water line upgrades in the northern part of Lower West Peace. This follows a project completed in 2016 that saw the relocation a major utility line from a potential slide zone along the west hill.
Engineering and technical work is also expected to begin on the 2018 Neighbourhood Infrastructure Renewal Project (NIRP). That project is set to take place [needs info]
Planning & Future Projects
[needs info – specifically the anticipated three to four-year plan (list streets so I can build a map)]