Manor Estates Stage II Sewer Modernization Study

Manor Estates Stage II Sewer Modernization Study

In 2020, members of the Manor Estates (Stage II) community asked Sturgeon County to explore the feasibility and costs of constructing a local gravity sewer system. 

The study which explored these the engineering requirements and costs revealed that the initial cost to build a gravity sewer system could be $55,000 per individual lot.  

The County hosted an in-person event on August 25, 2021, to share more information about the study, answer questions about the project, and listen to what you had to say. Approximately 90 people attended the event, representing approximately 40 households. At the event, and until September 9, 2021, the County collected responses to a survey on whether the residents would support the project moving forward with the project.  

The survey was intended as a way to determine whether a Local Improvement Levy Petition was likely to pass, given that the actual process is time consuming for both residents and the County. To continue to the next step of the project, at least two-thirds of responding households would need to respond “Yes”, and no greater than 24 total responding “No”. In total, 49 of 69 households responded to the survey. The results were:   

Based on the information from the feasibility study, do you support the County modernizing the sewer system to a gravity sewer system for Manor Estates (Stage II)? 

What's Next?

Given resident feedback, the County will not proceed to the Local Improvement Levy Petition and exploration of Manor Estates Sewer Modernization has officially concluded. Manor Estates II will continue to receive the same level of services and residents will continue to maintain their on-site sewer infrastructure.

Where We Are Now


Phase I
Project Tendering & Awarding


Phase II
Feasibility Study


Phase III
Community Feedback


Phase IV
Potential Local Improvement Tax Petition (Will Not Proceed)


Phase V
Potential Sewer Modernization Project (Will Not Proceed)


In 2020, members of the Manor Estates (Stage II) community asked Sturgeon County to explore the feasibility and costs for constructing a gravity sewer system in Manor Estates (Stage II). The project was sent to tender and awarded to a contractor.

Status: Complete Spring 2021

Sturgeon County has launched a sewer study which could result in changes to the local sewer system, potentially eliminating the need for private septic tanks in the subdivision. Once this feasibility study is complete, the County will work with residents to find out how the community feels about this important decision

Status: Complete Summer 2021

In August 2021, Sturgeon County staff will be working with Manor Estates (Stage II) residents to share project information, answer questions and gather feedback (Phase III in Where We Are).

More information on these opportunities will be sent directly to the impacted residents and be available on this page.

Status: In-Progress We Are Here

A local improvement tax is imposed on a specific area within a municipality to fund a service or improvement that benefits that particular area rather than the municipality as a whole. Some examples of local improvements are sidewalks, lane lighting, or paving. Local improvement taxes are applied to land. This means that the owner of the land is responsible for paying the local improvement tax. A local improvement tax is allocated as an annual charge but may be charged for a set number of years, typically 15.

If it moved ahead, what is the process for a Local Improvement Tax in the Manor Estates (Stage II) community?

The process for initiating a Local Improvement Tax has several steps that are required under Part 10, Division 7 (Sections 391 – 409) of the Municipal Governance Act. For the purposes of Manor Estates (Phase II), Sturgeon County is exploring the costs for drainage upgrades in the community. The Local Improvement steps would take place in Phase IV of Where We Are:

Step 1- County Prepares Local Improvement Plan

The Local Improvement Plan must include:

  • Description of the local improvement with location
  • List the properties and persons liable to pay
  • How the tax rate will be established
  • Estimated cost of the work
  • Term of cost to the property owners
  • How much of the project cost will be paid by:
    • County funds
    • Local Improvement Tax
    • Other revenue sources (Grants, etc)

Step 2- Local Improvement Notices and Plan Sent to Owners

Step 3- Bylaw is Prepared

Step 4- 30-Day Petition Period

For a petition (for or against) to be sufficient, it must have:

  • Support from 2/3 of the property owners liable to pay LI tax AND must represent half (50%) of the assessed value
  • Validity of the petition, determined by the CAO
    • The County will work with interested residents to understand what is required for a valid petition
  • If it is determined to be a valid petition against the local improvement, the Council will not proceed with the LI

Step 5- Bylaw Passed by Council

If the Local Improvement Plan has survived the petition process, Council can impose the Local Improvement tax any time in the three years following the notice. Council can either pass the Bylaw before the final cost is determined or wait until the project is complete and the final costs are determined.

Step 6- Project Begins Construction

Step 7- Local Improvement Tax Levy is Imposed

Status: Not-Started Will Not Proceed

If the Local Improvement Tax Petition is successful, work will then begin on the project.

Status: Not-Started Will not proceed

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Find Out More

For more information on the project, please contact

Dolores Rivard