BCAL FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions regarding BCAL

1. Do I have to belong to BCAL?

Yes. If you own a home in Brookview there is an encumbrance on your property, which obliges you to pay the annual BCAL membership fee. BCAL fees run for the calendar year from Jan 1 to Dec 31. All fees paid after April 1st are subject to interest charges. It is the responsibility of the current homeowner to pay all outstanding fees owed to BCAL. 

2. What value do I get for my annual fee?

BCAL provides excellent value to its members through development and maintenance of common areas within the community and representation to the city on issues of interest to all Brookview residents. All current (paid up) BCAL members have a vote at the annual meeting and thus take part in the development and well being of our community.

3. How can I help?

There are lots of ways to help in our community. The best way is to come out to meetings and/or identify yourself as someone who would like to volunteer. BCAL’s primary requirement is for people to volunteer to sit on the board and for people to come out to meetings to help run the association. Volunteers are often needed for community projects as well.

4. How is BCAL notified of a change in home ownership?

BCAL is not automatically notified when property in Brookview changes hands, and this sometimes leads to confusion for the new homeowner. It is the responsibility of the purchaser (through their lawyer) to notify BCAL of the change in ownership. 

5. Who is responsible for cutting the grass and clearing the snow on the walkway behind my house?

It depends. Most of the interior walkways are owned and maintained by BCAL. The City of Edmonton owns the remaining walkways, but BCAL does provide some supplemental service on these walkways to ensure a common standard of care and service in Brookview. A map is available which identifies ownership of the various walkways.

6. Who is responsible for the trees in Brookview?

The city owns the boulevard land and any trees located on it. They are responsible for pruning and pest problems of these trees, so if the tree in front of your home requires attention, do not hesitate to call them. BCAL is responsible for the care and maintenance of trees on BCAL owned walkways. Guidelines have been set for the maintenance of the trees and for the safety of pedestrians on BCAL walkways. 

7. Who is responsible for grass cutting on the boulevards?

Although the city owns the boulevard land, the city’s bylaws state that the homeowner is responsible for the care and maintenance of the grass on it, including the grass along the side street for those homes on corner lots.

8. Where should sump pump drain hoses be run?

According to city bylaws, sump pump hoses must run to the front of the property and not drain onto any other property, including neighbours’ yards, city property or any walkways. Residents who allow their sumps to drain onto BCAL land create a water problem that effects all residents of Brookview. If you have any questions or concerns in this area call the city drainage department.

9. Are there standard colours for painting fences in Brookview?

Not officially, but the original colour scheme used by the developers was General Paint “New Bark” for the rails and posts and General Paint “Fawn” for the fence boards. If you use these colours when painting your fence, particularly the outside fences and those along the walkways, you will help contribute to the overall cohesive look of the neighbourhood.

10. Who do I call for information on community run programs and obtaining access to the tennis courts?

The Brookview Community League runs the majority of the programs in Brookview. The League is also the organization that gives access to the tennis courts. For the combination to the lock at the court call 437-8761. Watch for the Newsletter, it will have a listing of the current volunteer running the different programs.

11. Can a resident add or remove trees from a walkway?

According to the city guidelines and the BCAL walkway guidelines “No resident may plant, move or trim a tree on the walkways”. All vegetation planted on BCAL walkways is the property of BCAL and it is the responsibility of BCAL to maintain them. Any changes to the soil level, ground cover and trees must have board approval prior to the change.