Leduc County seeks joint annexation discussions
Sept. 19, 2014 — The Municipal Government Board (MGB) decided at yesterday’s preliminary hearing that the annexation process between Leduc County and the Town of Beaumont would continue to a merit hearing.
Leduc County asked the MGB to either defer consideration of the Town of Beaumont’s annexation application until it could be heard jointly with the City of Edmonton’s annexation application, or to direct the three municipalities to discuss the annexation proposals jointly before returning before the board.
“While the Municipal Government Board encouraged joint discussions, we are disappointed it did not share our belief that collaborative discussions should occur prior to scheduling a hearing,” says Phil Newman, intergovernmental advisor and lead on the Town of Beaumont annexation file. “We remain hopeful the Town of Beaumont and City of Edmonton will be open in the immediate future to jointly discussing growth in the region.”
Following the preliminary hearing, the Municipal Government Board (MGB) scheduled a merit hearing for the Town of Beaumont’s annexation application of Leduc County land for June 8 to 26, 2015. A merit hearing is intended to provide both municipalities and any interveners the opportunity to present submissions and answer questions.
Leduc County received the Town of Beaumont’s notice of intent on April 30, 2013; the July 2014 annexation application seeks approval to annex 21 quarter sections of land, or roughly 3,320 acres from Leduc County. Five quarter sections included in the Town of Beaumont’s annexation application are also included in the City of Edmonton’s notice of intent.
The MGB set deadlines that both Leduc County and the Town of Beaumont must adhere to in relation to information sharing with the respective municipality and the public.