Rocky View County staff has proposed revisions to the existing Transportation Levy Bylaw, for Council’s consideration and approval.
This Bylaw is not only important to land owners that may someday propose to subdivide their lands, but also to existing residents, who will want to ensure that development pays for itself and that Rocky View has a solid plan in place for other roads not necessarily required as a result of a particular development.
RVC has posted FAQ’s regarding the new Bylaw, on their website and this provides a good overview of what is being proposed.
You can view this information here.
The Bylaw clearly defines its purpose as being the collecting of funds to be allotted towards the financing of the Capital cost of:
i) new or expanded Roads required for or impacted by Subdivision or Development; and
ii) the acquisition of Lands required for or in connection with any such new or expanded Roads.
It is RV2020’s position that development should pay for roadways not only within a particular development but also for any external roads that are required as a result of the development.
However, the Bylaw as proposed is formulated to finance the Long Range Transportation Network covering the entire County, using funds collected from development within existing Area Structure Plans. This is arguably illegal under the Municipal Government Act.
There is no justifiable reason why development within existing ASP’s, which for the most part are huddled adjacent to Calgary, Cochrane and Bragg Creek, should pay for Collector Roads and Local Roads situated at the outer reaches of Rocky View County. Traffic generated from these developments won’t be using those roads. Even if it was legal, the plan is highly flawed. Many of the ASP’s on the County Plan have seen little or no development since inception; Cochrane North, Balzac West, Delacour, Dalroy and Indus for example.
The Bylaw should be revised to include only roads that are needed as a result of development within specific ASP’s.
From a broad planning point of view, transportation is only one of the four pillars of community development. The other pillars are potable water, sanitary sewer servicing, and storm water servicing. We recommend that staff review the County Plan to ensure that all ASP’s can be properly serviced. Levies can then be calculated for all civil improvements based on a well thought out servicing plan.