County of Wetaskiwin approves list of land for sale

County-owned land hitting the market, some staying put for now

If you’re in the market for buying property, the County of Wetaskiwin may have you covered. At their regular council meeting Jan. 8, councilors approved for sale much municipally-owned land.

County CAO Rod Hawken said, “There are a substantial number of parcels.”

The report on county-owned land for sale was provided to council by Director of Assessment Services Rene Boutin.

“The purpose of this study is to inventory all property that is owned by the County and to explore the feasibility of disposing of these lands,” stated the report.

“Many of these properties have been in the possession of the County for many years and have sat vacant without use.

“Advantages of disposing of these lands include increasing tax revenue and reducing County liability.

“The County of Wetaskiwin owns 628 properties across the County. Although all these properties were reviewed, many of these lots are not suitable for sale. Properties not included in the final report consist of: properties zoned as either Public or Environmental reserve, Inactive disposal sites, community centers, fire ponds, municipal building sites, transfer stations, parks and playgrounds, lots that are part of the roadway slopes, gravel pits, cemeteries, lots with restricted access and lots that were undevelopable due to physical characteristics of the lot.

“There are 49 lots that are considered in this report. These properties were evaluated by visiting the site, examining all property files in the vault, and were reviewed by the directors of Assessment, Public Works, Planning and Development, Agriculture, and the CAO.”

Boutin stated a process will be followed for selling the lots. “All estimates of value are rough estimates and any properties that are to be sold will be marketed to achieve the highest value return,” the report stated.

“As per Request for Sale of County Property Policy 12.0.16, any properties that are to be sold will be marketed in one of four ways: By advertising for sale by tender pursuant to the County “Tendering” policy, By listing with a local real estate company, By priority sale to a specific individual or By public auction.”

Boutin went through the list and councilros decided if and how they wanted to sell the property.

Gwynne: Councilors decided the following: Roll 79264 Lot 23, Block 13 Plan 3907U: Sell; Roll 79272 Lot 24, Block 13 Plan 3907U: Sell; Roll 79365, 79366 & 79367 Lots 6, 7, 8 & 9, Block 18 Plan 3907U: Consolidate and Sell; Roll 79393 Block Z, Plan 3907U: If not used in the Open Spaces Strategy, Sell; Roll 79806 Pcl A, Plan 3496ET (southerly portion): Offer to adjacent landowner for $25,000 plus cost to transfer title.

Summerhaven: Roll 140651 Lot 16 Block 2 Plan 365MC: Sell; Roll 140652 Lot 17 Block 2 Plan 365MC: Sell; Roll 144489 Lot 17 Block 8 Plan 365MC: Sell; Roll 144492 Lot 1 Block 9 Plan 365MC: Sell; Roll 144493 Lot 2 Block 9 Plan 365MC: Sell.

Winfield: Rolls 342003 NE 7-46-3-W5M & 342101 NW 7-46-3-W5M: Offer to adjacent landowner for $1 plus cost to transfer title, to be consolidated; Roll 346402 NE 18-46-3-W5M: Sell; Roll 346704 SW 18-46-3-W5M: If not used in the Open Spaces Strategy, rezone to UR, Sell; Roll 346720 Lot 14 Block 1 Plan 1930EU: Sell; Roll 346721 Lot 15 & 16 Block 1 Plan 1930EU: If no Sale Agreement leave title in current owner’s name.

Buck Lake: Roll 447109 Lot 20 Block 1 Plan 2115KS: Sell; Roll 447400 SE 12-46-6-W5M & 447500 SW 12-46-6-W5M: If not used in the Open Spaces Strategy, Consolidate and Sell.

Alder Flats: Roll 478517 Lot P Plan 1085KS: Sell; Roll 478816 Lot 6 Block 6 Plan 1833KS: Wait to sell lot until development standards have been set; Roll 478817 Lot 7 Block 6 Plan 1833KS: Wait to sell lot until development standards have been set; Rolls 478825, 478826, 478827, 478828 & 478829 Lots 16, 17, 18, 19 & 20 Block 7 Plan 1833KS: Wait to sell lots until development standards have been set; Roll 478940, 478941, 478942, 478943 & 478944 Lots 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17 Block 1 Plan 6055HW: Wait until the Open Spaces Strategy is completed.

Various: Roll 15901 SE 7-45-22-W4M: Offer to landowner for $1 plus cost to transfer title, to be consolidated if adjacent; Roll 80001 Block OT Plan 728KS NE 26-46-23-W4M: Sell; Roll 87801 SE 9-47-23-W4M: Outstanding taxes to be forgiven, offer to landowner for $1 plus cost to transfer title, to be consolidated if adjacent; Roll 118700 SW 29-46-24-W4M: Hold until Open Spaces Strategy process complete; Roll 125602 Block G Plan 4326CL NE 11-47-24-W4M: Outstanding taxes to be forgiven, offer for sale for $1 plus cost to transfer title; to be consolidated if adjacent; Roll 126301 SW 12-47-24-W4M: Offer for sale for $1 plus cost to transfer title; to be consolidated if adjacent.

Roll 163601 Plan 4983EO SW 17-47-25-W4M: Sell; Roll 221601 SW 16-45-27-W4M Sell; Roll 249001 NW 13-47-27-W4M Sell.

Roll 318100 NW 17-46-2-W5M, Roll 318400 NE 18-46-2-W5M, Roll 318600 SE 18-46-2-W5M and Roll 319300 NW 20-46-2-W5M: Hold until Open Spaces Strategy process complete.

Roll 342800 NE 9-46-3-W5M: if not used in the Open Spaces Strategy, subdivide west 80 acres off to sell.

And lastly, Roll 381700 NW 28-46-4-W5M: Hold until Open Spaces Strategy process complete.

Stu.salkeld@pipestoneflyer.ca

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