Annexation update - January 2023:
At the annexation open house in December 2022, The City indicated that we anticipated having the annexation application prepared for City Council's consideration in February 2023 and filed shortly thereafter with the Land and Property Right Tribunal. The preparation is taking longer than predicted and the timeframe for the annexation application being presented to Red Deer City Council has been delayed to April 2023.
On June 22, 2021, Council gave direction to administration to prepare a Notice of Intent to Annex for the land north of the Queen’s Industrial Business Park and west of Highway QEII. This small-scale annexation, encompassing approximately 216 hectares, addresses The City’s deficiency in highway fronting commercial land. On February 14, 2022, Red Deer City Council passed a resolution endorsing a Notice of Intent to Annex, therefore supporting for the proposed annexation and directing administration to begin the formal annexation process.
Annexation is used by municipalities to realign jurisdictional boundaries to ensure a sufficient 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. Recent data indicates The City has 22 years of developable land available.
Annexation - Notice of Intent (pdf)
What is the area being annexed?
The land that is being annexed is an area of approximately 216 hectares in size, north of the Queen’s Industrial Business Park and west of Highway QEII (see map below). The land is currently within Red Deer County.
*Map updated August 2022 based on landowner feedback
Servicing Features: The City of Red Deer must demonstrate how the area can be serviced with water, sewer, storm, and other municipal services as part of its annexation application. These servicing figures generally demonstrate the ability to service these lands in a logical extension of the existing growth patterns in a cost effective, efficient, and coordinated approach.
The detailed design and layout of transportation and infrastructure services will be further refined only in the event of a successful annexation when the area structure plan and servicing study are developed.
During an annexation, both municipalities must discuss the annexation proposal and negotiate in good faith. A detailed record of these negotiations must be included in The City’s annexation application when it is submitted to the Land and Property Right Tribunal. This report provides a summary of the negotiations and the agreed to items and conditions of annexation. It will form the basis for the Report on Negotiations that will be included in The City’s annexation application. This draft document will need to be endorsed by both City and County Councils before it can be submitted to the Land and Property Right Tribunal.
What are the next steps for annexation?
Once the Annexation Application has been submitted, the Land and Property Right Tribunal (LPRT) will decide whether the annexation requires a hearing based on whether the annexation is contested or supported. If the LPRT decides that a hearing is required, the process typically provides the public and landowners with the opportunity to attend and address the Tribunal, who will subsequently provide a recommendation on the proposed annexation to the Minister of Municipal Affairs.
How do I provide feedback?
Landowner and Public consultation closed on December 18, 2022. Thank you for your contributions. Check this page for future updates.