During the recent resurfacing of Bow Trail there was a message posted on a pylon sign by an adjacent business owner that read “Bow Trail is not Rome. Please Complete” (see “Road Construction Delays Cause Headaches for Drivers, Businesses” on Global News). The business owners were obviously hopeful that the work would be concluded quickly so as to minimize the effect on their business.
Municipalities must have the ability to complete necessary public works. However, ongoing infrastructure improvements in municipalities across the province inevitably impact adjacent homes and business owners. These adjacent landowners sometimes go uncompensated where they are not fully informed of their rights to compensation if such public works result in a permanent reduction in property value. (more…)