Annexation Negotiating Sub-Committee Update
The City of St. Albert and Sturgeon County’s Annexation Negotiating Sub-Committee met on December 13 to discuss the City’s proposed annexation of a portion of land from Sturgeon County.
At the meeting, the Sub-Committee reviewed the feedback that was gathered at the November stakeholder engagement sessions, including the public open house held November 20, 2019. Separate engagements were held for landowners, who were contacted directly by the City of St. Albert. The public open house had approximately 70 attendees who were able to view the preliminary negotiated annexation boundary, information boards and complete surveys. ISL Engineering and City staff were at the event to answer questions from residents and explain the annexation process so far. Council members from both municipalities were also on hand to listen to attendees’ questions and comments.
“We are pleased with the amount of interaction at the public open house. Thank you to everyone who attended and asked insightful questions and provided feedback,” says St. Albert Councillor Ray Watkins, Chair of the Annexation Negotiating Sub-Committee.
“Our municipalities continue to maintain open dialogue throughout the annexation process, and we are pleased that the landowner and public open houses were well attended,” says Sturgeon County Mayor Alanna Hnatiw.
Feedback at the open house included questions about taxation, traffic, road alignments, and boundary-specific questions. Ultimately, a Public Engagement Report will be completed by ISL Engineering and submitted to the Municipal Government Board as part of the City’s annexation application, once the project is further along. As part of this process, the City must identify how it will respond to the comments and questions provided by residents and affected landowners.
The Annexation Committee is a subset of the Intermunicipal Affairs Committee (IAC), which is made up of all members of both Councils. The annexation negotiations formally started on December 6, 2017. The next meeting of the Annexation Negotiating Committee is scheduled to take place in January 2020. For more information, visit stalbert.ca/annexation.
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|Mayor Cathy Heron
||Mayor Alanna Hnatiw
|City of St. Albert