Municipal Revenue Generation and Development in the Calgary and Edmonton Metropolitan Regions

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Brian Conger

University of Calgary - The School of Public Policy

Bev Dahlby

University of Calgary

Melville McMillan

University of Alberta

Date Written: December 16, 2016

Abstract

Municipal reliance on property taxes and the competing priorities of municipalities — in terms of where they plan and approve land development within their boundaries — in order to capture new property taxes, has led to political conflict between adjacent municipalities. Nowhere in Alberta is this more evident than in the Edmonton and Calgary metropolitan regions, where sustained high-levels of growth has led to the expansion of the core-cities, rapid residential development rates in peripheral urban centres and the rise urban-scale development in the rural municipal districts — spurring intrametropolitan competition, harsh words and hurt feelings amongst municipalities. In response to this ongoing conflict, the province and at times the municipalities themselves have developed successive regional planning frameworks over the past 60 years to guide development and encourage — and at times enforce — intermunicipal collaboration.

Keywords: Municipal, Municipal Boundaries, Municipal Revenue Generation

Suggested Citation

Conger, Brian and Dahlby, Bev and McMillan, Melville, Municipal Revenue Generation and Development in the Calgary and Edmonton Metropolitan Regions (December 16, 2016). SPP Research Papers, Volume 9, Issue 39, December 2016 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2896987

Brian Conger

University of Calgary - The School of Public Policy ( email )

Calgary, Alberta
Canada

Bev Dahlby (Contact Author)

University of Calgary ( email )

University Drive
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
Canada

Melville McMillan

University of Alberta ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta
Canada

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