Engineering Services is responsible for long-term capital infrastructure planning and design, as well as large-scale maintenance and upgrades of existing infrastructure which includes: public roads; lanes / sidewalks; water systems; sanitary; and storm sewer systems. Engineering Services is responsible for reviewing infrastructure design for all new subdivisions to confirm the developers have designed and installed the new infrastructure in accordance with industry and local standards and any applicable legislation. Please note that the Town of Okotoks does not directly offer or supply engineering services to residents.
The primary focus of the General Design and Construction Specifications is to ensure that standard sets of overall performance objectives are achieved for design and construction within the Town. All work performed within the town shall be carried out in accordance with these General Design and Construction Specifications. The Town follows many of the current City of Calgary standards and guidelines as referenced in our General Design and Construction Specifications. The Town specifications and standards take precedent over the Calgary standards and guidelines.
Off-site levies are a tool that a municipality can use to pay for new infrastructure or the expansion of existing infrastructure required by development. Off-site levies facilitate growth, ensures infrastructure servicing in new growth areas and helps the Town build a competitive investment environment. It identifies benefitting areas, amounts of remaining development areas, required infrastructure projects, project allocations, and project costs. Off-site levies must be authorized by bylaw.
Under the current Municipal Government Act (MGA), 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;
- Subject to the regulations, new or expanded transportation infrastructure required to connect, or to improve the connection of, municipal roads to provincial highways resulting from a subdivision or development;
- Land required for or in connection with any of the above-described facilities.
In addition to the capital cost of facilities above, an off-site levy may be used to pay for all or part of the capital cost for any new or expanded community recreation facilities; fire halls; police stations; or libraries, including the cost of any related accessories and any land required for or in connection with the purpose.