Welcome to Municipal District of Foothills No. 31

Road Allowance License & Purchase

Road Allowance License

The road allowances are owned by the Provincial Government but are administered by the Municipal Government. This process is governed under the Municipal Government Act. Road allowances for license procedures often take a year or longer to complete.

Process

1. Application fee of $160.00 plus a filing fee of $100.00 and completed application form are submitted (applicant must be adjacent to the road allowance to be licensed )

2. A public hearing date is set

3. Registered letters are sent to all adjacent landowners (or all subdivision owners) and to all utility companies (if required, easements for the utility companies will be placed on the license )

4. Information regarding the proposed license and public hearing date is advertised in the Western Wheel for two publications prior to the public hearing.

5. The road closure coordinator will inspect the site, take pictures and prepare a PowerPoint presentation to be shown at a public hearing.

6. Public hearing is held - it is suggested that the applicant attend in order to answer any questions that Council may have.

7. If the municipality approves the application the Bylaw is given first reading. The file is then forwarded to Alberta Transportation (Lethbridge). If approved, the file is forwarded to Edmonton for Ministerial approval.

8. If the Minister approves the road allowance license bylaw, the bylaw is signed and sealed and must then go back to the municipalities Council for second and third readings.

9. A license is then drawn and both the applicant and the municipality must sign. The license is annual, pro-rated initially and then billed each January. The license agreement can be cancelled at any time by either party or if payment is not received. The municipality will give the license holder 60 days notice should the lease be cancelled.

Application Form for Road Allowance - click here

Road Allowance License - Transfer Procedure

The road allowances are owned by the Provincial Government but are administered by the Municipal Government. This process is governed under the Municipal Government Act. Road allowances for license procedures often take a year or longer to complete.

Process

1. Application fee of $160.00 plus $100.00 filing fee and completed application form ( applicant must be adjacent to road allowance to be transferred).

2. A public hearing date is set.

3. Registered letters are sent to all adjacent landowners ( or all subdivision owners) and to all utility companies ( if required, easements for the utility companies will be placed on the license ).

4. Information regarding the proposed license transfer and public hearing date are advertised in the Western Wheel for two consecutive issues prior to the public hearing.

5. The Road Closure Coordinator inspects the site, takes pictures and prepares a PowerPoint presentation to be shown at the public hearing.

6. A public hearing is held - it is suggested the applicant attend in order to answer any questions that Council may have.

7. If Council approves the application, a resolution is passed authorizing the license transfer.

8. A license is drawn and both the applicant and the municipality must sign. The license is annual, prorated initially and then billed each January. The license agreement can be cancelled at any time by either party or if payment is not received. The municipality will give the lease holder 60 days notice should the license be cancelled.

9. Charges per acre of licensed land are set yearly by the municipality. Current fees: $4.50 / acre per year for grazing and $7.50 / acre for cultivation.

Road Allowance Purchase Procedure

The road allowances are owned by the Provincial Government but are administered by the Municipal Government. This process is governed under the Municipal Government Act. Road allowances for license procedures often take a year or longer to complete.

Process

1. Application fee of $285.00 plus a $100.00 filing fee and completed application form (applicant must be adjacent to road allowance or road plan.)

2. Public hearing date is set - Council dates are generally set for the first Thursday of any given month.

3. Registered letters are sent to all adjacent landowners (or all subdivision owners) and to all utility companies. (if required, easements for the utility companies will be placed on the title.)

4. Information regarding the proposed purchase and public hearing date is advertised in the Western Wheel for two publications prior to the public hearing.

5. MD administration will inspect the site, take pictures and prepare PowerPoint presentation to be shown at public hearing.

6. Public Hearing is held - it is suggested that the applicant attend in order to answer any questions that Council may have.

7. If MD Council approves the application, the Bylaw is given first reading. The file is then forwarded to Alberta Transportation in Lethbridge. If approved, the file is forwarded to Edmonton for Ministerial approval.

8. If the Minister approved the road allowance for purchase bylaw, the bylaw must then go back to the MD Council for second and third readings.

9. Final fee of $250.00 plus the cost of the purchases land (to be determined by Council - market value) is to be paid.

10. You are responsible for the cost of the surveyor to survey the purchased land to be consolidated with your title.

11. The surveyor to provide the MD with a copy of the survey before transfer documentation is completed by the Municipality.

For more information contact: Theresa Chipchase, Road Closure Coordinator
Tel: 403-603-6223 or email