Business Group Set to Fight Annexation

LOCAL BUSINESSES FORM COALITION TO FIGHT CITY OF EDMONTON’S PROPOSED ANNEXATION OF LEDUC COUNTY

    Nisku (January 13, 2014) – In light of the City of Edmonton’s ambitious bid to annex 38,000 acres of prime Leduc County land, local businesses have formed the Leduc County Coalition to challenge this annexation.
    On short notice, the LCC attended the three City of Edmonton’s public open houses to voice its concerns. It was abundantly apparent at these meetings that the people of Leduc County are very upset and oppose the proposed annexation.
    “We are not against growth”, states Clarence Shields, LCC co-chairman. “Far from it. We want to work together with the City of Edmonton for a solution that is beneficial and fair for all the people within the municipality and its neighbors. Annexing huge tracts of productive farmland, prime commercial and Industrial land and our regional airport just isn’t right.”
    The LCC web site is dedicated to informing Leduc County residents, local businesses, landowners and neighbors of the issues and ramifications of the proposed annexation. 
    “The web site provides facts. Concerned stakeholders have many unanswered questions and these facts respond to them,” continues Shields, “It also provides interested parties a forum to express their thoughts and concerns about this annexation. It gives them a voice. Plus the site also addresses some misleading information that is being disseminated by the City of Edmonton.”

Background
    On March 5, 2013 the City of Edmonton sent formal notice to Leduc County of their intention to expand its southern boundary and annex roughly 38,000 acres of county land.
    Leduc County is a dynamic municipality providing the opportunity for diverse lifestyles – from acreage living to a variety of farm operations. It is the home of the Edmonton International Airport, Nisku Industrial Business Park and the Genesee Power Plant. The municipalities of the City of Leduc, the Towns of Beaumont, Calmar and Devon and the Villages of New Sarepta, Thorsby and Warburg all lie within Leduc County’s borders. Located at the heart of one of the strongest economies in the world, the Leduc County region is also strategically located at the crossroads of major air, road, and rail transportation routes.

About the LCC
    The Leduc County Coalition is a group of Leduc County business owners, land owners and residents that are committed to fighting to save our county from the proposed annexation and instead force the City of Edmonton to return to the collaborative process of working with the county to achieve a solution that is beneficial for the entire region.  The LCC is committed to “Growing together for Alberta’s future!”

LCC Office
2110 Sparrow Dr., Nisku, AB T9E 8H2
780.979.0003

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