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RFD- 3642 Business Items   Item #   10. d.    
Regular Council Meeting Agenda
Meeting Date: 06/24/2019  
Title:    Notice of Proposed Annexation - Levasseur
Department: Planning & Infrastructure  
Strategic Vision Element: Where People Choose to Live - A dynamic city with an exceptional quality of life Related Goal: The City maintains a constant inventory of available land, both developed and developable, to ensure businesses can find properties that meet their needs.

Information
Request for Decision Summary
The purpose of this report is to seek Council's support of the Notice of Proposed Annexation, as required by Section 116 of the Municipal Government Act, in order to proceed with an annexation application to the Municipal Government Board.

Proposed Motion
That the City of Spruce Grove provide written notice of its proposed annexation of the lands in Schedule "A" of the Notice of Proposed Annexation pursuant to Section 116 of the Municipal Government Act.

Background/Analysis
On April 23, 2019, the Councils for the City of Spruce Grove and Parkland County entered into a Memorandum of Agreement to allow the City to proceed with annexing lands from the County.  The lands agreed to be annexed are located south and southeast of the existing boundary of the City of Spruce Grove (City) and include approximately 7.9 quarter sections. 

In order to initiate the legislated process to annex land, as per Section 116 of the Municipal Government Act, Spruce Grove must give written notice of the proposed annexation to Parkland County, the Municipal Government Board and affected local authorities like the area school divisions, utility commissions and adjacent municipalities (see Schedule C of attached Notice of Proposed Annexation).

History:
Municipal Development Plan policy requires that the City maintain a 25-year land supply for future growth to ensure the economic health of the City.  With the extraordinary growth rate over the past 15+ years, the City commissioned a Growth Study (December 2016) to determine the land supply within the existing City boundaries.  Using a medium high growth rate scenario, the number of years until the existing land supply is depleted varies based on land use type, including 22 years for residential, 18 years for industrial and 26 years for commercial. Resulting from a thorough technical analysis, the Growth Study identified those lands most suitable to annex into the City from both the Town of Stony Plain and Parkland County based on a 50 year growth projection.

As part of the negotiation process with Parkland County, the City agreed to a lesser growth projection of 30 years which resulted in a need for approximately 458.2 ha of net developable land.  The lands identified to be annexed include a full section south of Highway 16A and between Century and Pioneer Roads, the east half of the section south of Shiloh and west of Campsite Road, the two quarter section east of Campsite Road, and the remainder of the land within the NAIT quarter section (see Schedule B1 of attached Notice of Proposed Annexation).

General Overview of Next Steps after Issuance of the Notice of Proposed Annexation:
  • Public Open Houses scheduled for June 26, 2019 from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. at the Border Paving Athletic Centre
  • Landowner One-on-One meetings with Annexation Team members upon request 
  • "What We Heard Report" prepared by the Consulting Team 
  • Formal Application to Annex prepared and submitted to the Municipal Government Board
Options/Alternatives
N/A
Consultation/Engagement
Two open houses were held in May 2017 for landowners, mines and mineral owners and the public and two Stakeholder Meetings were held in June 2017.  These meetings provided information and gathered input relative to the original 2016 Growth Study, including the initial 50-year growth projections.   

In order to educate and engage with the landowners and stakeholders involved in the revised 30-year growth projection area, two public open houses are scheduled for June 26, 2019 from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. at the Border Paving Athletic Centre.  Landowner One-on-One meetings with Annexation Team members will also be provided upon request. 
Implementation/Communication
The City's annexation solicitor will deliver the Notice of Proposed Annexation as required under Section 116 of the Municipal Government Act.
Impacts
The issuance of the Notice of Proposed Annexation marks a significant milestone in the annexation process.  Upon completion of the consultation phase, it allows for the formal annexation application to be made to the Municipal Government Board.
Attachments
Notice of Proposed Annexation
Open Houses notice

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