One Piece at a Time

In the midst of two very high profile and contentious annexation applications from the City of Edmonton and the Town of Beaumont, another municipality is wanting a chunk of Leduc County land, but this time it is with the Blessing from Leduc County.
    Devon Council unanimously approved a formal letter of intent at their Jan. 27th Council meeting, to be sent to Leduc County requesting the annexation of three quarter sections of land at the town's eastern boundary. 
    "We are confident that our friends in Leduc County are supportive of this annexation and we are pleased at the level of cooperation between our two municipalities." said Devon's Mayor Stephen Lindop.
    "Following intensive discussions with our regional partner, Leduc County is satisfied that  the Town of Devon Requires this land for future growth." said Leduc County Mayor John Whaley. "Leduc County is pleased with the collaborative process undertaken with the Town of Devon to work toward an outcome that is mutually beneficial for both municipalities."
    The lands under discussion had previously been considered for commercial/industrial development with an area structure plan even being created by a privately funded development company but subsequently the Town decided that the land was required for residential development. This will require a change to the Intermunicipal Development Plan between Devon and Leduc County prior to going before the Capital Region Board for approval.
Discussions regarding this annexation have been ongoing for several months and the proposed annexation follows the development path begun by the new South Ravines residential area.
    "We know our residents will have a lot of questions about this annexation, such as why we are annexing more land if we haven't developed across Highway 60, and we will be holding open houses over the next few months to share information." said Mayor Lindop.

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