At Monday’s regular City Council meeting, a motion was passed that gives The City direction to extend annexation exploration for up to eight months.
Annexation is a tool used by municipalities to realign jurisdictional boundaries to ensure sufficient developable land supply for long-term development. Based on current growth stabilization and unknown recovery time, the extension of the pre-exploration annexation phase provides time for administration to improve data used for decision making as well as continue to work collaboratively with Red Deer County.
The principle of the report states “The City of Red Deer extends annexation exploration for up to eight months to work collaboratively with Red Deer County Administration on improving the confidence level of all data and continue to prepare for potential future annexation.”
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. Updated data indicates The City has 22 years of developable land available.
“Our population has stabilized over the last several years, and there is an opportunity to maintain the momentum of planning for our future return to a growth economy and continue to set the stage for a potential future annexation without immediate budget implications,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “It’s important that we look ahead and ensure we have appropriate and sufficient land supply for the future, and knowing the growth projections for our community, this provides Council and administration opportunity to review options, regional tools and to engage in collaborative conversations with the County.”
With approval of this resolution, administration will continue exploring annexation for up to eight months before reporting back to City Council with recommendations. The potential areas of annexation will be identified during the exploration process, and will be in The City’s Growth Area as identified in the IDP, which was previously agreed upon by The City and Red Deer County. The IDP was adopted by both municipalities in 2007.
“Annexation is a complex process that will only benefit from further exploration and refinement of data and collaboration,” said Allan Seabrooke, City Manager. “It will also defer the financial impacts of an annexation during a time of growth stabilization in our community.”
For more information, please contact:
Mayor Tara Veer
The City of Red Deer
Communications and Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer