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.