Leduc County

Annexation

Annexation is a legal process involving the transfer of land from one municipality to another. Annexation is a complex and mandated process, which can be contested or uncontested. In contested annexations, the initiating municipality must provide notice of intent to the affected municipality before the two municipalities consult the public and attempt negotiations and/or mediation. The Municipal Government Board will review reports and provide a recommendation to the Minister of Municipal Affairs. If the annexation is approved, the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta will sign an Order-in-Council.

Leduc County is currently facing annexation proposals from the City of Edmonton. The City of Leduc and Leduc County worked collaboratively to reach an agreement on an annexation that took effect on Jan. 1, 2014. The Town of Devon and Leduc County worked collaboratively to reach an agreement on annexation, which took effect on Jan. 1, 2015. The Town of Beaumont was granted an annexation of 21-quarter sections of land, to take effect Jan. 1, 2017.

Frequently asked questions

What is annexation?

Annexation is a legal process involving the transfer of land from one municipality to another.

What is the process of annexation?

Annexation is a complex and mandated process, which can be contested or uncontested. The initiating municipality must provide notice of intent to the affected municipality before the public is consulted and the municipalities attempt negotiations with mediation, if required. The Municipal Government Board will review reports, hold a public hearing if necessary, and provide a recommendation to the Minister of Municipal Affairs.

What is the timeline for annexation?

There is no set timeline for annexation; however, it has been estimated the annexation process takes, on average, between two and five years.

What is the Municipal Government Board?

The Municipal Government Board is an impartial and independent board established by provincial legislation to make decisions about land planning matters such as annexation.

Who makes the final decision?

Following the Municipal Government Board hearing, the board prepares a report and recommendation on the proposed annexation to be forwarded to the Minister of Municipal Affairs. The Government of Alberta will make the final decision.

Who can I contact with questions?

Questions about the proposed annexation can be directed to the councillor in your area, by calling 780-979-2391 or by emailing annexation@leduc-county.com.