Alberta government approves annexation deal with Edmonton and Leduc County

Annexation deal between Edmonton and Leduc County approved

A new year will mean some big changes to the landscape of Leduc County.

Starting January 1, 2019,  20,402 acres of land will become a part of Edmonton as part of an annexation that's been discussed between both communities since 2013.

The City of Edmonton issued a notice of intent to annex Leduc County land on March 5, 2013, and an agreement was reached between the city and county on June 30, 2017.

The government of Alberta approved the deal this week.

Part of the deal means Edmonton will take care of services like snow clearing, waste management, utilities and emergency services on their new land.

Leduc County Mayor Tanni Doblanko tells The One News she's relieved to know the deal is finally done.

"It's been a long haul on this so it's good to have the closure and the ability to move forward, I think that's really important for both the county and the city of Edmonton," says Doblanko.

The annexation means Leduc County will get a one-time payment of $3.2 million along with 10 annual payments of $530,000 from Edmonton as compensation.

The conditions in the agreement included providing a 50-year property tax protection provision in the annexation area, which means properties there will be assessed and taxed at the lowest possible rate between either Leduc County or Edmonton for 50 years unless specific landowner-initiated development occurs.  (JSL/THE ONE NEWS)



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