(Pictured above, the 2021 NIR Project Area shown in Solid Orange. 2022 NIR Project Area shown in Dashed Orange.)

2021/22 Neighbourhood Renewal Program

Recent News:

2021/22 Neighbourhood Infrastructure Renewal Information Session No. 2

Municipal infrastructure renewal is scheduled for May to October 2021 and 2022. Planning and design has been completed for both 94th and 95th Avenues. Due to budget constraints, only 94th Avenue will proceed this year. 95th Avenue will be completed in 2022 as shown in Figure 1. 

A petition against each of the 94th Avenue and 95th Avenue local improvement bylaws was received in October 2020. The petitions were reviewed to determine their sufficiency (i.e. success) and were determined to be insufficient. They did not meet the requirements for a successful petition established under the section 392(2) of the Municipal Government Act.  

These results were presented to Town Council on November 2, 2020. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Following our 1st project open-house in August 2020with neighbourhood residents, we received a number of questions regarding the Neighbourhood Infrastructure Renewal Program. Please find our response to the quires we received in the following PDF: 

Frequently Asked Questions: 2021 Neighbourhood Renewal Program (PDF – 549KB)

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Neighbourhood Renewal Program Overview

What is the Town’s Neighbourhood Renewal Program?

The Neighbourhood Infrastructure Renewal Program was established in 2015 and is the Town’s systematic approach to asset management which includes municipal infrastructure maintenance and replacement in residential neighbourhoods.

Why is my neighbourhood being selected for renewal?

Which area is being renewed is determined by the condition of the existing water distribution and sanitary sewer infrastructure. In 2021, 94 Ave. is scheduled for renewal because the water and sewer lines in the area are deteriorating and require replacement. The lines are also too shallow and will be lowered as a part of this project.

Because of budgeting constraints, the renewal of 95th Avenue has been moved to 2022.  

When will this project start?

2021 construction work is tentatively scheduled to commence in May 2021 with completion by October 15, 2021.

A pre-construction Information Session will be held on Wednesday February 24, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. via on-line Zoom conferencing.

Connect to the Zoom meeting by going to www.zoom.us/join, enter Meeting ID 867 3122 0350 and click Join.

Representatives from the Town of Peace River, Velocity Group and Ruel Bros. Contracting (General Contractor and Road Construction) will present project information and answer questions. All residents are welcome to forward any questions or concerns via email or phone to Velocity Group.

A limited number of spaces at the Town office will be made available to join the Zoom meeting for anyone who is unable to participate from home. Please contact Karrie (below) to register your attendance at the Town office By February 22 at 12 pm.

Contact for more information:

Karrie Kennedy, C.E.T. Project Coordinator, Velocity Engineering Inc. (Velocity Group)

Phone: 780-618-3647 Email: [email protected]


Project Details

What is involved?

  1. The Primary Project

The Primary Project includes rehabilitation of all surface and sub-surface municipal infrastructure, including concrete curb and gutter, sidewalks, asphalt pavement (where it currently exists), the water distribution system, the sanitary sewer collection system and the storm water collection system.

Street lighting will also be upgraded by ATCO Electric. The light standards will be replaced with LED lights and may be moved to different locations for better light distribution in accordance with TAC standards. Some of the trees along the street will need to be removed as part of this project. Note other private infrastructure work (sidewalks and driveways) are not included under this Contract.  Homeowners must make their own arrangements if desired.

The preliminary Design Drawings for this Phase of the project are attached for your information. This information is subject to change and further updates may be provided.

  1. Private Water and Sanitary Sewer Service Rehabilitation

Landowners have the option of opting in to having the private services that connect your house to the municipal infrastructure renewed as part of this project. This participation is optional and at your cost. Timing this renewal with the overall renewal project is generally more cost effective than as a stand-alone project.

  1. Local Improvement

A portion of this area was originally and is currently to a gravel road standard with no curb and gutter. The project intends to improve the level of service of the road, specifically pave the road with asphalt and install a monolithic curb and gutter, through a local improvement bylaw, which will establish a Local Improvement Tax. The Local Improvement Tax would be added to the property tax bill each year for a defined number of years.


Communication

The following communication methods will be used:

Communication may come from any of the Project partners: the Town, Velocity Group, Ruel Bros. Contracting or their subcontractors.
Please provide appropriate contact information to the Project Coordinator:
 Karrie Kennedy, C.E.T. Project Coordinator, Velocity Engineering Inc. (Velocity Group)

Phone: 780-618-3647 Email: [email protected]


Key Contacts

Town of Peace River: Jim McCuaig, Director of Engineering & Infrastructure, JC Erasmus, Engineering Technologist.

Velocity Group (Engineering Consultant): Jason Schuler, Project Engineer / Manager, Karrie Kennedy, Project Coordinator.

Ruel Bros. Contracting (General Contractor): Ben Grimmelt, Division / Project Manager


Tentative Project Schedule

Construction work is tentatively scheduled to commence in May 2021 with completion by October 15, 2021. The schedule will be impacted by weather conditions, unforeseen circumstances, and crew coordination/availability of each construction discipline.  The general order of construction events is as follows:

  1. Site Preparation & Mobilization
  2. Establish signage and barricades for the immediate area of work
  3. Complete tree removals and pruning
  4. Establish temporary water servicing
  5. Mobilize equipment to site as required
  6. Remove surface concrete and asphalt material in the vicinity of underground works
  7. Complete underground infrastructure replacement and rehabilitation (sanitary sewer main, water main and service replacement, and then stormwater system rehabilitation)
  8. Removal and replacement of concrete infrastructure
  9. Repair of private concrete infrastructure
  10. Excavation and construction of granular road base and asphalt pavement, including private asphalt driveways
  11. Repair of paving stone driveways and walks
  12. Topsoil placement, seeding and fertilizing
  13. Repair of private landscaping, fencing etc.
  14. The tentative Project Contract completion date for this Phase of work is October 15, 2021
  15. Landscaping work may extend beyond this date and into the following construction year depending on weather constraints and other factors
  16. The private sanitary sewer service lining work may occur late in the fall of 2021 or in the spring of 2022

Work Hours

  • The general work schedule is 6 days per week (Monday through Saturday) and typically from 7am to 7pm with the exception of statutory holidays.
  • The Contractor is required to abide by the Town’s noise bylaw.
  • This schedule may vary depending on weather conditions, delays, and other unforeseen circumstances.

Project Impacts

  • The project areas will be closed to vehicular access for the duration of the underground and road work in each respective area. This is necessary for public safety and to minimize interruptions and delays.
  • Access to properties will be from the back lanes.
  • Parking will be at the rear of homes via lanes or on adjacent streets.
  • The Town has available space on the east side of the Centennial Parking Lot northeast of the Town Hall for residents to park vehicles, RV’s and other recreational trailers, boats, etc. for the duration of the project. A notice with further information will be sent via email at a later date.
  • Pedestrian access through the work site should be minimized to reduce the risk of exposure to construction hazards.
  • Access for emergency vehicles will be anticipated and accommodated by the Contractor.
  • During active construction garbage pickup will be via the back lane.
  • Mail boxes will be relocated if they are in the construction zone. Further details of any temporary relocations will be mailed to you by Canada Post.

Landscaping

Tree removal and pruning, especially in Boulevard areas, will be necessary:

  • to accommodate underground infrastructure replacement,
  • to ensure the safety of the workers on-site in the adjacent trenches,
  • to provide working room for construction equipment, and
  • to ensure public safety and protection of private property in the event of trees toppling from windstorms due to disruption of the root systems.

The attached Tree Removal Plan drawing highlight trees that absolutely require removal (red), those that are of concern (orange), and those that should be able to remain (green) short of some necessary pruning and minimal damage to the root system.

Should the project proceed as planned, with the local improvement (see below for more information), the existing sidewalk will be replaced with a monolithic sidewalk and curb. I.e. the sidewalk will be immediately adjacent to the roadway, with no boulevard between the street and the sidewalk.

In this case, the existing boulevard trees will be replanted on the adjacent private property, with the permission of the private landowner. The landowner will be responsible for the future maintenance of the tree. The tree will not be considered a boulevard tree and the Town will not be responsible for any future care or maintenance.

Should the local improvement be successfully petitioned against, the sidewalk will not be moved, and the boulevard will be maintained. Trees will be replanted within the boulevard.

In either case, the boulevard trees that are removed will be replaced with 7’ to 10’ juvenile species consistent with the Town’s Boulevard Tree Policy.

A number of trees in this area are Black Poplars. Black Poplars are an extremely large tree that are not ideal for boulevard areas.  The trees are best planted in large open spaces such as parks and green space, due to their expansive root system and overall size.  Black poplars become a greater hazard as they are pruned; the regrowth after the pruning can be weaker than the original limb.  They also tend to rot from significant pruning causing areas where moisture and fungal spores to develop, creating decaying pockets.  Therefore, the existing poplars pose a potential risk to property as they age and naturally lose limbs. The Town will replace the existing Black Poplars with a more appropriate tree for a boulevard space such as an Elm or Green Ash.

Some private trees, shrubs and plants will require pruning and/or removal to accommodate the work. These removals are mainly due to replacement of concrete walks and services from the mains to your property line. Private trees, shrubs and perennials will be replaced with equivalent types.


Street Lighting

ATCO Electric will be upgrading the street lighting. The lights will be converted to LED and be rebalanced for better light distribution in accordance with TAC standards. The location of the light standards may change as a result of this work. A dark sky design is intended to direct the light down onto the road corridor.


Sanitary Sewer Collection System

  • The existing sanitary sewer system is constructed with clay tile pipe material and is quite shallow. The existing manholes are brick and cinder block and are deteriorating.
  • The new sanitary sewer system will be construction with PVC plastic pipe and pre-cast concrete manholes.
  • The sanitary sewer services will be replaced from the main to your property line.
  • Private property servicing to the residence will be rehabilitated or replaced at the discretion of the homeowner at their cost.
  • Sanitary sewer services condition assessment will be paid for by the Town.
  • The Contractor is responsible for managing wastewater flows and will be requesting that residents minimize and/or avoid the use of the system during short intervals throughout this phase of the work. Bypasses will be put in place for work on sewer mains and manholes.
Details:

94th Avenue – 94th Street to 98th Street

  • New concrete manholes will be installed and mains will be replaced with PVC plastic pipe. The mains will be lowered approximately one meter and discharge into the main on 94th Street.
  • The east end sanitary sewer main section may be rehabilitated via cured in place pipe lining in lieu of open cut replacement.

95th Avenue – 94th Street to 98th Street

  • New concrete manholes will be installed and mains will be replaced with PVC plastic pipe. The mains will be lowered approximately one half meter and will discharge into the main on 94th Street.

96th Street – 94th Street to 98th Street

  • The existing sanitary sewer main will be abandoned.
  • Existing services will be replaced and will be extended to manholes at the intersections.

Water Distribution System

  • The existing water mains are cast iron pipes and are shallower than desired. Hydrants, valves and other fittings are deteriorating and required replacement.
  • The new water system will be constructed with PVC plastic mains and HDPE plastic services. Appurtenances and fittings will be replaced with corrosion resistant materials and practices.
  • The water services will be replaced from the main to property line.
  • Private property servicing to the residence will be replaced at the discretion of the homeowner at their cost. It is not anticipated that the private water services would be in poor condition, but we do understand that some residents may have services susceptible to freezing and thus may request replacement by open cut excavation.
  • The water service to your residence may be interrupted while the Contractor isolates the Project area from the surrounding active water system.
  • The Contractor is responsible for installing and maintaining a temporary domestic water service to all residents for the duration of the works. This system will consist of an overland pipe network that will connect to an exterior hose bibb on your house.
  • The hose bibb (outside tap) used for temporary water service connection will provide limited use for irrigation during this time period. A wye connector will be utilized and flow to your residence may be affected while irrigating your yard.
  • During this period of temporary water system use, the Town will not be billing affected residents for water consumption.
Details:

94th Avenue – 94th Street to 98th Street

  • The 200mm diameter cast iron watermain and appurtenances (valves, hydrants, and fittings) will be replaced with 200mm diameter PVC plastic mains, fittings and corrosion resistant appurtenances.
  • The east end towards 98th Street may be directionally drilled using high density polyethylene pipe.
  • Hydrants will be installed to meet current practices for spacing.
  • New HDPE (plastic) service pipe will be extended to the property line of each residence / building.

95th Avenue – 94th Street to 98th Street

  • The existing 100mm diameter cast iron water main and appurtenances (valves, hydrant and fittings) will be replaced with a 200mm diameter PVC plastic main, fittings and corrosion resistant appurtenances. The east end towards 98th Street will be directionally drilled using high density polyethylene pipe.
  • An additional hydrant will be installed to meet current practices for spacing.
  • New HDPE plastic service pipe will be extended to the property line of each residence / building.

96th Street – 94th Avenue to 95th Avenue

  • The existing 150mm diameter cast iron water main and appurtenances (valves, hydrant and fittings) will be replaced with a 200mm diameter PVC plastic main, fittings and corrosion resistant appurtenances.
  • New HDPE plastic service pipe will be extended to the property line of each residence.

Storm Water Collection System

  • The storm water manholes will be replaced and will be installed with sumps to capture additional debris and sediment that can be removed by hydrovac during maintenance. This will reduce pollution and sedimentation of the Peace River.
  • Some catch basins will be replaced due to the vicinity to deep trenches, brick material construction type or for realignment. Other catch basin and frame and covers will be replaced.
  • Replacement of portions of the mains and catch basin leads is necessary where they will be undermined by water and sanitary sewer system replacements. Other condition assessments are pending.
Details:

94th Avenue

  • Manholes, catch basins and disturbed lines to be rehabilitated. Mains and catch basin leads will be replaced with PVC plastic pipe material, pre-cast concrete manholes and catch basins will be installed.

95th Avenue

  • Manholes, catch basins and disturbed lines to be rehabilitated. Mains and catch basin leads will be replaced with PVC plastic pipe material, pre-cast concrete manholes and catch basins will be installed.

96th Avenue

  • Disturbed lines to be rehabilitated. Mains and catch basin leads will be replaced with PVC plastic pipe material.

Private Water & Sanitary Sewer Service Rehabilitation

The Town of Peace River is financially responsible for and will complete the rehabilitation of the Municipal portion of the services from the mains in the street to the curb stop location (typically at or near property line).

  • The water and sewer services will be replaced including the curb stop valve and installation of a sanitary sewer cleanout in most cases.
  • All private infrastructure and landscaping disrupted by this work will be repaired by the Contractor.
  • CCTV investigation of private sanitary sewer service lines. This includes flushing, cleaning, milling/cutting of roots and other obstructions and CCTV inspection for review by the homeowner.

The homeowner may opt into and is financially responsible for rehabilitation of the sanitary sewer service and water service from the curb stop location to the house. Rehabilitation of this section of the service lines is at the discretion of the homeowner.

  • The homeowner must advise by June 15, 2021 so that the entire service can be replaced along with the Town portion of the service.
  • If the homeowner chooses to proceed with private service replacement, then an agreement must be entered into with the Town of Peace River.
  • If the water service line is being replaced, an open cut excavation will be necessary. In this case the homeowner will be responsible for returning the private landscaping to its original state at their cost. The Contractor will remove landscape materials to a location agreed to with the Homeowner and the trench will be backfilled to the subgrade level ready for topsoil and other work by the Homeowner.
  • Homes with an Aquaflo or bleeder devices used to prevent services from freezing are eligible for a $4,500.00 credit if they replace their private water service and effectively eliminate the freeze protection device. This work would have to occur by open cut excavation.
  • If the above does not apply the homeowner must review the CCTV videos of the sanitary sewer service and advise if they want to have their private sewer service rehabilitated (cured in-place plastic liner). Installing a plastic liner by trenchless methods will restore the structural capability of the line and will inhibit root penetration.
  • Videos of the service in its existing state will be provided for review following installation of the mains and services to property line including the sanitary sewer cleanout.
  • CCTV videos of existing sewer services will be provided later in 2021 and the cured in-place pipe lining will occur late in 2021 or possibly in 2022 due to time and / or weather constraints.
  • The Town will require payment for the work associated by the end of the construction fiscal year, or the balance will be transferred to your tax assessment.

Costs

The cost for construction of private servicing is as follows:

Open cut excavation (water and sewer service replacement)

  • 20mm diameter water & 100mm diameter sewer – $529.10 per lineal meter
  • 30-50mm diameter water & 150mm diameter sewer – $858.00 per lineal meter

Cured in place pipe lining (sanitary sewer service rehabilitation)

  • 100mm diameter sewer – $573.50 per lineal meter
  • 150mm diameter sewer – $637.00 per lineal meter

 Note: special circumstances may lead to additional costs for construction by open cut methods. Such items may include removal and disposal of concrete walks and driveways, trees, or other structures that may be obstructing the service path. Costs associated with excavating through sandstone or installing pipe insulation would also be additions to the unit rate per meter.  Each private service will have to be reviewed with the resident independently.

The Town of Peace River invites all landowners to participate in having the private service(s) rehabilitated as part of the Neighbourhood Renewal Project. If you are tentatively interested, please contact the Project Coordinator. Gauging the overall interest will help with project planning.

Please send an email to  [email protected] to indicate your interest in having your private sanitary sewer service rehabilitated. Your decision will be finalized following review of the Sanitary Sewer Service Videos. If you want to replace both your private water and sewer services by open cut excavation, please advise as soon as possible for tentative scheduling and no later than June 15, 2021. Another notice will be sent prior to construction for verification.

Tap or click to download the 2021 Neighbourhood Renewal Program Details as a PDF


Local Improvement Information

For general info on the Town’s Local Improvement process tap or click the link underneath:

Local Improvements

There are two local improvements being brought forward by the Town:

  1. 94th Avenue Local Improvement
  2. 95th Avenue Local Improvement

The local improvements will improve infrastructure level of service of those roads from gravel to asphalt with curb and gutter. The local improvements will be paid for by a local improvement tax. The tax will be applied to each property for 20 years.

94th Avenue Local Improvement Tax – expected to go into effect in 2021.  

The annual unit rate per front meter payable for a period of Twenty (20) years at 2.45% is $42.66.
i.e. a 10.058 meter wide parcel will have an annual tax levy of $429.07.

Calculation: Annual Unit Rate * front meter = annual tax levy*

Example: $42.66 * 10.058m = $429.07

*rates are subject to minor changes

95th Avenue Local Improvement Tax – expected to go into effect in 2022.  

The annual unit rate per front meter payable for a period of Twenty (20) years at 2.45% is $48.93.
i.e. a 10.058 meter wide parcel will have an annual tax levy of $492.16.

Calculation: Annual Unit Rate * front meter = annual tax levy*

Example: $48.93 * 10.058m = $492.16

*rates are subject to minor changes


Bylaw Process

The local improvement tax is established by a bylaw. A formal notice of the proposed local improvement tax bylaw will be sent to you after the August 26, 2020 Open House. (This information package is not the formal notice).

If you object to the local improvement, you may petition against the bylaw. A petition objecting to the local improvement may be filed by affected landowners within 30 days from the formal notice of the local improvement being sent. Information about how to petition can be found on the Government of Alberta website: https://www.alberta.ca/petition-information-for-electors.aspx

The local improvement bylaw is proposed to go to Council for adoption in March 2021.

The local improvement tax would come into effect for the 2021 tax year for 94 Ave. and 2022 for 95 Ave.

For more information or to ask a question please contact:

Alisha Mody, Manager of Planning and Development at 780-624-2574 or [email protected].


Local Improvement FAQ’s

What is a local improvement?

Local improvements are new or replacement construction projects intended to upgrade or improve certain conditions within residential, commercial and industrial areas of the municipality. A local improvement is a project that is of a greater benefit to a specific area of a municipality rather than the whole of the municipality and is a project that is paid for, at least in part, by a local improvement tax. Some examples are: street paving, driveway crossings, sidewalk replacement, lane paving, curb and gutter replacement, boulevards and street lighting, and extending sanitary, storm or water systems.

How is a local improvement initiated?

  1. Property Owners, or
  2. The Town of Peace River.

In either case, the Town will send a notice to each affected property owner.

What is a local improvement tax?

A local improvement tax is a tax that is levied on properties within a specific area to fund an improvement that is applicable to that area only. Local improvement taxes are applied to the property owners within the defined area and are charged annually over a set number of years. This tax model offers flexibility to levy a tax on a specific area of properties and/or tax property owners based on factors other than property value.

How much will a local improvement in my area cost me?

Properties benefitting from a local improvement are “assessed” in a fair and equitable manner, according to provisions in the Municipal Government Act.

Local improvement tax will be calculated based on the unit of frontage of each parcel affected by the local improvement.

Do I have to pay if I don’t support the local improvement project?

Yes, the local improvement tax applies to all affected properties.

If a property owner does not support a local improvement project, they may petition to stop it. Information about how to petition can be found on the Government of Alberta website: https://www.alberta.ca/petition-information-for-electors.aspx

If you wish to petition against a local improvement plan, it must have support from 2/3 of the property owners liable to pay the local improvement tax and must represent fifty (50%) percent of the total assessed value for the plan area. If a group of property owners successfully defeat a proposed local improvement bylaw, the proposed improvement to the infrastructure will not proceed. Infrastructure will remain at the existing level of service.

What are my options for paying the local improvement levy?

Each property owner will have the following options for payment once construction is complete:

  • Payment of the full amount (no interest is included) upfront.
  • Annual payments that are included in the property tax bill for the term of the bylaw (typically a term of 10, 15, or 20 years). Interest is included and is fixed for the term of the bylaw.
  • Partial or entire payments can be applied to the account at any time. If you do not specify which payment option you would prefer after receiving your local improvement assessment notice, please note that the charges will automatically be applied to your annual property tax bill.

What if I cannot afford to pay for the local improvement levy?

Senior citizens who are local homeowners can apply to the government for tax relief as long as they have a minimum of 25% equity in their home (visit www.seniors-housing.alberta.ca for more information).

For the rest of us, it will ultimately mean additional budgeting. Homeownership is usually accompanied by unexpected costs, no matter how much we try to anticipate them. The Government of Canada has an informative web page about maintaining a home and ongoing homeownership costs that you might find helpful.

Will the completed work affect my future property assessments?

The assessed value of your property will not increase as a result of the local improvement.

What am I paying for with the Local Improvement Tax?

Property owners are being asked to pay for the cost of increasing the standard of the roadway in your area only. The Town of Peace River will cover the costs of renewing the existing infrastructure.

Do all Town residents have to pay for the local improvements?

The local improvement charge is charged to properties that are deemed to benefit from the proposed increased infrastructure standard. Notices will be sent out to residents when a local improvement is being considered. There is a very specific order of events dictated by the Municipal Government Act when either the Town or Residents initiates a local improvement process.

More information can be found on the Town website at www.peaceriver.ca.

Why is this not covered by the Neighbourhood Renewal Program tax?

The purpose of the Neighbourhood Renewal Program is to maintain the level of service provided by municipal infrastructure in the Town’s residential neighbourhoods by rebuilding and renewing roads, water and sewer lines, sidewalks, and streetlights. This does not include increasing the level of service within a neighbourhood.

Do I still have to pay the local improvement tax if I move?

No. The local improvement tax stays with the property and the remaining payments become the responsibility of the new owner.

Do other communities have local improvement taxes?

Yes, communities such as Edson, Grande Prairie, Valleyview, Beaverlodge, Ponoka, Medicine Hat, Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer and Camrose, to name a few, use local improvement taxes.

If I petition, how do I know the names of property owners?

The names of property owners cannot be provided for privacy reasons. As you are circulating the petition, you need to ensure that the person signing is the registered property owner.

If the local improvement is not successful, how long will it be before this project is reconsidered?

When a local improvement is defeated by way of a formal petition, the local improvement will not proceed. The Neighbourhood Renewal project will renew the existing infrastructure back to its current level of service (i.e. gravel roads).

Is there a cost to petition the project?

No, there is no cost to petition the project.

How does this plan affect corner lots?

Corner lots are currently treated no differently from internal lots.

Tap or click to download the 2021 Local Improvement Information as a PDF