Edmonton, Leduc County and City of Leduc partner to help EIA reach economic potential

Today, the City of Edmonton, Leduc County, the City of Leduc and the Edmonton International Airport (EIA) each signed the Inter-Jurisdiction Cooperation Accord to form a new partnership aimed at helping the EIA reach its full potential as a key economic driver bringing benefits to the entire Edmonton metropolitan region and all of Alberta.

In 2014, the EIA’s economic impact was valued at $2.2 billion, and that number continues to grow as the airport develops new passenger and cargo air service, as well as increases the number of commercial developments on its property.

“This partnership provides an unprecedented collaborative opportunity to innovate and advance the region and EIA as a competitive global investment destination. We can achieve more together than would otherwise be possible,” says Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson. “Our capacity to negotiate and manage shared investment and shared benefits is vital to ensuring our collective prosperity as a successful Edmonton metropolitan region.”

“We are proud of the collaborative spirit we’ve fostered both through the annexation process and the signing of this Accord,” says Leduc County Mayor John Whaley. “Regional collaboration is our greatest strength and is critical for the success of regional assets such as EIA. This partnership seeks to build on EIA’s position within the region’s economic and social fabric.”

“As EIA expands, it’s clear that its growth and prosperity are interconnected with growth and prosperity in the Edmonton metropolitan region,” says Leduc Mayor Greg Krischke. “This partnership adopts the true spirit of regional collaboration and is a crucial component to our overall competitiveness, whether at home or abroad – it’s about attracting jobs and investment to the entire region.”

“EIA is an integral part of the region’s economy. We benefit from an excellent long-term relationship with all surrounding municipalities, something that has helped support an impressive track record of sustained passenger growth over the long-term, seven consecutive years of cargo growth and more than $750 million in commercial investment by EIA and our private industry partners,” says Tom Ruth, President and CEO of Edmonton International Airport. “As a not-for-profit entity that is mandated to drive economic growth for our region, we are committed to creating jobs, generating economic development and building relationships that will benefit all parties for many years to come. It is essential for us to work with partners who recognize and appreciate what EIA needs in order to achieve this regional mandate and provide the best travel experience for our passengers.”

The Inter-Jurisdiction Cooperation Accord prioritizes EIA as a key regional and provincial economic engine, and seeks to ensure decisions made about service provision, transportation linkages, infrastructure and land use planning are undertaken in a way that maximizes the airport’s role. The accord recognizes the essential role that EIA plays and sets even higher goals for cooperation – on costs and benefits – as it continues attracting more flights to more places and driving huge economic benefit for the Edmonton metropolitan region.

This Accord, which includes EIA as a full partner, creates a new model of inter-jurisdiction collaboration that starts from a premise of shared costs for shared benefits, recognizing that all parties benefit from EIA’s success. By prioritizing this success, the parties will not only contribute to the economic prosperity of the Edmonton metropolitan region but will also have the potential to set a new standard for such collaborations in the future.

This media release was jointly prepared with the City of Edmonton, City of Leduc and Edmonton International Airport.

Edmonton and Leduc County reach agreement on annexation

The City of Edmonton and Leduc County have reached an agreement on the city’s application to annex lands in the county, proposed to take effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

The Annexation Agreement, signed this morning at Edmonton International Airport (EIA), details an uncontested annexation area of 6,235 hectares (15,400 acres) of land west of the Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Highway and 2,625 hectares (6,485 acres) of land east of the QEII Highway.

 

“The past three years of negotiations have not been easy and both municipalities worked extremely hard to come to an agreement that would benefit our residents and the entire Edmonton metropolitan region,” says Leduc County Mayor John Whaley. “Our positions on annexation evolved into collaborative conversations that took into account the bigger picture and how this decision would affect not only us but our municipal partners and EIA. I’m proud to say our collaborative approach to this annexation agreement will benefit the entire region and has paved the way for future regional partnerships.”

“The agreement is a significant achievement for the City and the County in demonstrating that a collaborative outcome can be reached in spite of the scale and complexity of the decision to be made,” says Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson. “Functioning effectively as a region, to me, is about working together for the greater good and supporting the health of our whole regional economy. This Agreement has led to a deeper understanding that future collaboration needs to consider sub-regional interests, like EIA, rather than those of individual municipalities alone.”

The agreement also details that the city’s boundary will not shift further into Leduc County until joint planning for that area has been completed. Furthermore, the two municipalities agreed to a 50-year tax protection provision for residents, a one-time compensation amount of $3.2 million and 10 annual payments of $530,000 to be paid to Leduc County.

While both the city and county reached an annexation agreement, the city must still submit its annexation application to the Municipal Government Board for the Government of Alberta to make the final decision. In addition to the annexation agreement area, the city’s application will include nine quarter sections on the east side currently in the jurisdiction of the Town of Beaumont, which are subject to negotiations between the City of Edmonton and the Town of Beaumont.

This media release was jointly prepared with the City of Edmonton.

Leduc County co-hosts big rig rescue training

Firefighters from across Western Canada are in Leduc County this weekend learning life-saving skills at the 2017 Big Rig HOT (hands-on training) Symposium.

Leduc County Fire Services and the Alberta Vehicle Extrication Association are hosting the 10th annual training event from June 22 to 24 to provide more than 90 firefighters from more than a dozen departments across the western provinces with life-saving skills.

Participants are exposed to new techniques, tools and technologies specific to big rig rescue situations. This training will elevate the level of service that departments across Western Canada can provide and, ultimately, will save lives.

Darrell Fleming, Leduc County Fire Services fire chief and event coordinator/instructor

Over the course of the training, firefighters will actively participate in four workshops with different big rig rescue scenarios, such as responding to under runs – which involve one vehicle passing beneath another – rollovers and complicated stabilization and extrication techniques.

The symposium is held at the regional fire training facility at the Nisku Fire District Station, which includes a two-storey live-fire structure, a liquid petroleum gas structure and a designated area for vehicle and machinery extrication.

About the Alberta Vehicle Extrication Association

The Alberta Vehicle Extrication Association is a proud member of the World Rescue Organization, and is committed to contributing to the reduction of injury and deaths of Albertans involved in transportation emergencies through education, collaboration, partnerships, learning symposiums and challenges.

Edmontonians invited to celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day

The Red Elephant hosts free film screening, panel discussion

Edmonton-based charity The Red Elephant is shining the light on menstrual hygiene this Sunday, May 28 for Menstrual Hygiene Day.

The charity is hosting Menstruation Matters, a free event featuring a panel discussion and screening of the film Menstruation Man, which tells the story of a school dropout who revolutionized menstrual hygiene management in India.

“Access to menstrual hygiene education and products is something many of us take for granted,” says Amanda Sarrazin-Gould, president and founder of The Red Elephant. “We look forward to exposing the challenges girls and women experience around the world, and discussing how we can all make a difference.”

The event kicks off at 1 p.m. in McLennan Ross Hall at the University of Alberta Law Centre; attendees can register for the free event at menstruation-matters.eventbrite.ca.

Each year, groups around the world host events to raise awareness of the challenges girls and women face due to menstruation; The Red Elephant’s event marks the single event taking place in the Edmonton area.

About Menstrual Hygiene Day

Menstrual Hygiene Day is an awareness day celebrated internationally every May 28. It raises awareness of the challenges women and girls worldwide face due to their menstruation, and highlights solutions that address these challenges. Learn more at menstrualhygieneday.org.

About The Red Elephant

The Red Elephant is an Edmonton-based registered charity that provides girls and women around the world with the knowledge, tools and materials to make reusable sanitary pads, helping them reduce and/or remove the barriers they face during and as a result of menstruation.

Traffic safety the focus for May long weekend operations

Leduc County peace officers kicked off the summer season with a series of proactive enforcement operations over the Victoria Day long weekend.

Over the four-day period from May 19 to May 22, peace officers travelled 5,580 kilometres and issued a total of 97 charges and 34 warnings for speeding, seat belt infractions and intersection safety violations.

“Our dedicated peace officers charged 63 drivers with speeding and, while we are disappointed these offences continue to occur, we are confident that these charges will act as a deterrent for these and other motorists in the future,” says Clarence Nelson, director of Enforcement Services.

A number of excessive speeders were charged, including a 35-year-old Edmonton motorist travelling 115 kilometres per hour in a 50-kilometre-per-hour zone on Range Road 253 near Township Road 511. Four additional motorists were charged with speeding at more than 40 kilometres per hour over the posted speed limit.

Motorists are reminded that road bans remain in effect, after a driver of an overloaded tandem truck was fined $3,049 for travelling on a banned road at Township Road 510 near Range Road 235.

In 2016, peace offices issued 81 charges and 41 warnings over the same four-day period.

Leduc Transit expanding further into Leduc County

Leduc region commuters will see expanded service on May 1, when a number of Leduc Transit improvements take effect.

The most notable of these changes is the extension of Route 1, which transports commuters from Leduc to Edmonton, with stops in Nisku. This route will now serve more residents and businesses by travelling further north into Nisku and Royal Oaks subdivision before heading onward to Century Park and Leduc.

To offer Nisku commuters a more direct means of transportation, Leduc Transit has also added a new route. Route 5 is a dedicated Nisku loop designed to serve ridership between Airport Road and 25 Avenue. Previously part of Route 1, the Nisku loop has been allotted its own route for faster, more efficient commute times.

“We wanted to create a more user-friendly service that covers more area,” says Manager of Public Transportation, Kevin Wenzel. “The goal is to get people where they’re going, quicker.”

Smaller changes to routes 2, 3 and 4 include the relocation of select bus stops to decrease roadway congestion and increase scheduling efficiency.

Leduc Transit is an inter-municipal partnership between the City of Leduc and Leduc County that connects Leduc and Nisku, with stops at the Edmonton International Airport and Century Park LRT Station in south Edmonton. Established in 2014, Leduc Transit moves an average of 70,000 riders annually between Leduc, Nisku and Edmonton. With ridership steadily increasing each year, Leduc Transit continues to grow to connect communities within the region.

For more information on these changes, and to view updated route maps and schedules, please visit www.LeducTransit.ca.

This media release was written in partnership with the City of Leduc.

Warmer weather nets reminder to follow speed limits

Leduc County Enforcement Services charged two drivers with excessive speeding over warm-weather weekend.

“With weather warming up, motorists may feel more confident in their driving due to seemingly improved road conditions,” says Clarence Nelson, director of Enforcement Services. “Motorists must exercise caution while behind the wheel and must abide by posted speed limits to ensure their safety, and the safety of those around them.”

While conducting proactive patrols on county roadways on Friday, Jan. 27, peace officers charged a 38-year-old Leduc male for speeding at a rate of 162 kilometres per hour in a 90-kilometre-per-hour zone on Highway 623 near Highway 814.

The following day, peace officers observed a driver traveling 194 kilometres per hour in an 80-kilometre-per-hour zone on Range Road 260 near Township Road 505. The 48-year-old male driver from Devon was charged with speeding.

Both motorists face a mandatory court appearance, and are scheduled to appear in Leduc Provincial Court on April 19, 2017.

Leduc County now managing fire service in Calmar Fire District

Leduc County is ringing in the new year with a borderless fire service in the Calmar Fire District.

The borderless fire service, which is managed and operated by Leduc County, became effective Jan. 1, 2017; fire service in the district was previously provided by the Town of Calmar.

“Leduc County will build off the great work by the Town of Calmar and is committed to maintaining the service levels received by both urban and rural ratepayers in the Calmar Fire District,” says Mayor John Whaley.

A borderless fire service enables Leduc County to respond to emergencies seamlessly, regardless of where an emergency occurs in Leduc County fire districts.

Leduc County will deliver all fire and disaster services in the Calmar Fire District with the Town of Calmar paying Leduc County a fixed fee for service.

“We welcome all firefighters from the Calmar Fire District to the Leduc County Fire Services family and are proud to have such a skilled crew providing a vital service to our residents,” says Darrell Fleming, Leduc County Fire Services fire chief.

Leduc County has committed to constructing a roughly $3.2-million fire hall in the Town of Calmar to serve the community for the next 40-plus years; construction is expected to begin in 2017, with the fire hall to be fully operational in 2018. Leduc County will rent the existing fire hall until the new fire hall is constructed.

The Calmar Fire District includes all property east of Range Road 275 and west of Range Road 262, including in the Town of Calmar. Roughly 4,100 individuals live in the district, including 2,100 in the Town of Calmar and 2,000 in Leduc County.

Edmonton and Leduc County agree on future growth

The City of Edmonton and Leduc County have agreed to a collaborative approach for addressing future growth needs, which includes a smaller proposed annexation area for the City of Edmonton.

As part of the new Framework for Agreement, the City of Edmonton and Leduc County have agreed to the following:

  • the City of Edmonton amend its west annexation notice by withdrawing the lands west of the Edmonton International Airport (EIA) and south of Highway 19, reducing the proposed west annexation area by 2,584 hectares (6,382 acres) to approximately 9,469 hectares (23,388 acres).
  • Leduc County will retain the north Nisku industrial area and the reservoir (previously part of the east annexation notice), reducing the east annexation area from 3,945 hectares (9,744 acres) to approximately 2,632 hectares (6,501 acres).
  • Unless mutually agreed, the City of Edmonton’s boundary will not shift again into Leduc County until joint planning for that area has been completed.
  • The inclusion of EIA lands in the annexation will be determined over the next several months through a collaborative exercise between Leduc County, the City of Edmonton and the EIA.

“This agreement demonstrates that a collaborative approach is a better way to support future economic growth and livable communities,” says Mayor Don Iveson. “We all have high aspirations for the region. This acknowledges both Edmonton and Leduc County’s commitment to balance growth needs while still reducing the region’s overall need for land.”

“Our agreement demonstrates that a collaborative planning approach is achievable and necessary if we want to leverage our collective competitive advantage,” says Mayor John Whaley. “Today, Leduc County and the City of Edmonton are leaders in demonstrating what collaboration can look like into the future for the benefit of the region.”

The City of Edmonton will amend its proposed annexation notices and both the City and Leduc County will continue with negotiations with the aim of presenting an uncontested annexation to the Municipal Government Board. The City of Edmonton will notify affected landowners about changes to its applications, and public engagement in the annexation area is expected to occur in 2017.

This media release was prepared jointly on behalf of Leduc County and the City of Edmonton.

Leduc County responds to annexation decision

The Government of Alberta, by way of an Order in Council dated Nov. 22, 2016, approved the Town of Beaumont’s annexation of 21-quarter sections of land.

“While this annexation has minimal growth and financial implications to Leduc County, we are disappointed in the outcome,” says Mayor John Whaley. “We believe greater emphasis should have been placed on municipal collaboration and the principles of annexation.”

The annexation takes effect Jan. 1, 2017. The Order in Council provides a 50-year property tax protection period, which means properties will continue to be assessed and taxed at either the town or county tax rate — whichever is lower. This will change if the property owner proceeds with subdivision or landowner-initiated redistricting.

Learn more about the annexation process.