At tonight’s regular City Council meeting, a motion was approved that gives The City direction to explore the merits of annexation.
Annexation is a tool used by municipalities to realign jurisdictional boundaries to ensure sufficient developable land supply for long-term development. The Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) between The City and Red Deer County recommends The City have within its boundary a 30 to 50 year supply of developable land for growth purposes; however, the land supply formula indicates Red Deer currently has a 17 year land supply.
“As our city continues to grow, it’s important that we look ahead and ensure we have appropriate and sufficient land supply for the future,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “Knowing the growth projections for our community and that it can take five to 10 years from the time the decision to annex is made to availability of land for construction, it’s critical that we consider our annexation options now.”
With approval of this resolution, administration will move forward with exploring annexation, which can take up to two years to complete. The next step is to file the Notice of Intent to Annex with the Municipal Government Board, which is anticipated in mid-2019. The areas of annexation will be identified during the exploration process, and will be in the City’s Growth Area as identified in the Intermunicipal Development Plan, which was previously agreed upon by The City and Red Deer County.
“Annexation is a complex process and we’re still in the early stages,” said Craig Curtis, City Manager. “From here, we have work to do in order to prepare next steps for Council to consider, including finalizing the areas included in the annexation. Following filing of the Notice of Intent will be consultation with landowners and stakeholders to ensure they are engaged in the process.”
For more information, please see the Annexation FAQ (pdf) .
For more information, please contact:
Mayor Tara Veer
The City of Red Deer
Communications and Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer