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Undeveloped road allowance changes approved

Developer pays for development model enacted
MOUNTAIN VIEW COUNTY — Council has approved updated construction standards for undeveloped road allowances (URA).

The move came by way of motion at the recent regularly scheduled council meeting.

The change comes following an assessment by the governance review committee, which found that the existing policy required changes to align with existing practices, council heard.

On June 3, council instructed administration to bring back changes to the existing Policy 4010 to remove the county’s financial participation in the development of undeveloped road allowances and transition to a developer pays for development model.

“As is typical practice, the developer should be responsible for the complete design and construction of the URA to the county’s approved standards similar to requirements through the county’s planning processes surrounding development agreements with county approval on final completion,” administration said in a briefing note to council.

The policy changes approved by council include the following:

• The county may allow for undeveloped county road allowances to be developed by an applicant, at their sole expense and to Mountain View standards in order to help facilitate access to new private developments.

• The applicant will be responsible for entering into a road construction agreement, including the payment of any applicable fees and/or securities, prior to the construction of the URA.

• The applicant will be responsible for notifying all affected parties and the mitigation of concerns relative to fencing or access, including the submission of a completed adjacent landowner form for each affected party, prior to the construction of the URA.

• The applicant will be responsible for securing any necessary approvals from other agencies or landowners where required, and the CAO shall have the final authority to approve the final road construction design standard, process and contractors to be used for the construction of the URA.

The updated policy was approved by motion on June 24.

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