City of Edmonton’s annexation application approved

City of Edmonton’s annexation application approved

AEdmonton’s annexation of 20,402 acres effective Jan. 1, 2019

The Government of Alberta, by way of an Order in Council signed Nov. 27, approved the City of Edmonton’s annexation of land from Leduc County.

Effective Jan. 1, 2019, 8,260 hectares (20,402 acres) of Leduc County land will become part of the City of Edmonton.

The Government of Alberta’s decision reflects the agreement we reached with the City of Edmonton in 2017, after years of collaborative discussion. The decision to support the annexation application demonstrates the importance and value of regional collaboration.

Tanni Doblanko, mayor

The City of Edmonton issued a notice of intent to annex land from Leduc County on March 5, 2013, and an agreement was reached between the city and county on June 30, 2017.

The Order in Council supported the conditions outlined in the agreement, including providing a 50-year property tax protection provision in the annexation area, meaning properties will be assessed and taxed at the lowest of either the City of Edmonton’s or Leduc County’s tax rate for a 50-year period, unless specific landowner-initiated development occurs.

Further, the decision reflects the agreement that the City of Edmonton provide Leduc County with a one-time payment of $3.2 million and 10 annual payments of $530,000 in compensation.

Throughout negotiations, Leduc County council remained committed to ensuring the outcome would be in the best interests of residents and businesses throughout Leduc County; we are confident this decision is mutually beneficial.

Tanni Doblanko, mayor

Effective Jan. 1, 2019, services in the area such as snow clearing, waste management, emergency services and utilities will be provided by the City of Edmonton. The City of Edmonton has committed to maintaining the service levels provided by Leduc County.

Resident inquiries regarding the annexation can be directed to 3-1-1 (within City of Edmonton) or 780-442-5311 (outside the city), or 311@edmonton.ca.

-Submitted by Megan Candie, Leduc County

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