Off-Site Levies

2021 August Amendment

The annual update of Off-Site Levy Bylaw 30/2013 was presented to Council on March 15, 2021.

On August 30, 2021 Council adopted an amendment to the OSL Bylaw through Bylaw 49/2021.

Key updates for 2021 August Amendment include:

  • Significant off-site levy (OSL) project changes resulting from advances in related project design work undertaken in 2021.
  • The proposed design resulted in changes to five OSL projects, 3 sanitary projects and 2 stormwater projects. Some of the projects are designed to be constructed concurrently. Project cost estimates are reflective of efficiencies and synergies anticipated through common alignment and some shared components between adjacent and complementary infrastructure. These cost estimates also include 30% contingency due to the stage of design. Changes to project scope and amount of lands being serviced also resulted in estimated project cost adjustments.
  • OSL reference Area 4 had to be split into two areas as all of Area 4 was not a benefitting party to all of these projects. This area is now broken into reference areas 4 and 17.2. It was possible to reassign existing reference area 17.2 as it did not have any net development area assigned to it.
  • Because the OSL rates are proposed to change in some areas where development is expected to occur later this year, the staging adjustment within the OSL model had to be rerun. If this bylaw update is adopted, in some instances less off-site levies will be collected this year than was projected with the April 2021 OSL Bylaw update due to OSL rate decreases. The resultant changes to projected reserve balances influences the staging adjustment calculation and is reflected in changes to sanitary and stormwater OSL rates for all projects within those infrastructure categories. As both the transportation and water projects have a single benefitting basin and did not have any project updates, there are no changes to the transportation and water OSL rates. 

Letter re: Off-Site Levy Bylaw Amendment – August 30, 2021

Map re: Off-Site Levy Bylaw Amendment – August 30, 2021

What is an Off-Site Levy?

Off-site levies are a tool that a municipality can use to pay for new infrastructure or the expansion of existing infrastructure required because of development. Off-site levies must be authorized by bylaw. Under the current Municipal Government Act, off-site levies can be collected for: 

  • New or expanded facilities for the storage, transmission, treatment or supply of water;
  • New or expanded facilities for the treatment, movement or disposal of sanitary sewage;
  • New or expanded storm sewer drainage facilities;
  • New or expanded roads required for or impacted by a subdivision or development; and
  • Land required for or in connection with any of the above-described facilities.

The City of St. Albert first established its Off-Site Bylaw in 2010 with an update completed in 2013. In accordance with the bylaw, off-site levy rates are to be reviewed and adjusted by the City Engineer on an annual basis to reflect estimated construction costs, updated interest or carrying costs, and amount of remaining developable land. The off-site levy projects and corresponding benefitting parties specified in the Bylaw must be reviewed and amended by Council no less than every three years or sooner if required. This review ensures that the Bylaw remains up-to-date and in sync with the Master Plans and policies that guide it.

Off-Site Levy Bylaw

Off-Site Levy Bylaw 30/2013 was last updated on August 30, 2021.

The Bylaw facilitates growth, ensures infrastructure servicing in new developmental areas and helps the City build a competitive investment environment. It identifies benefitting areas, amounts of remaining development areas, required infrastructure projects, project allocations, and project costs.

Annual Updates

In accordance with the Off-Site Levy Bylaw, on or before December 31 of each calendar year, the City Engineer must prepare and submit to City Council an annual report on the off-site levies imposed and collected by the City in the previous year.  The annual report also identifies:

  • Municipal infrastructure constructed during the previous calendar year.
  • Construction costs of such municipal infrastructure.
  • Amounts paid by the City from the off-site levy funds as construction costs for the municipal infrastructure and details as to by whom the payment has been made.
  • Estimated construction costs for the municipal infrastructure yet to be constructed and an explanation as to any adjustments to the estimates since the previous annual report.
  • Details as to the amounts collected in off-site levies by the City.
  • Specifics as to the total value of off-site levy funds being held by the City which are yet to be expended on the construction of municipal infrastructure, including specifics as to the amount of interest earned on such off-site levy funds and information regarding any commitments made for the expenditure of monies in the off-site levy funds that have not yet been paid out.
  • Information regarding any changes to the assumptions related to the staging or timing of development and the projected construction date for the municipal infrastructure.

Past Annual Reports

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Last edited: September 3, 2021