Leduc County

Town of Beaumont

The Town of Beaumont provided Leduc County with notice of its intent to annex 24 quarter sections, or 1,536 hectares, of land on April 30, 2013. On Feb. 11, 2014, Town of Beaumont council passed a motion to proceed with an annexation application to the Municipal Government Board (MGB). The Town of Beaumont's application sought approval to annex 21 quarter sections of land, or roughly 3,320 acres, from Leduc County.

On Nov. 22, 2016, the Government of Alberta granted the Town of Beaumont's annexation request by way of an Order in Council, which detailed the Town of Beaumont's successful annexation of 21 quarter sections of land, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

The annexation provides a 50-year tax protection to property owners in the annexed area. This means that, after Jan. 1, 2017,  property owners will pay taxes to the Town of Beaumont but will be taxed at the lower of the two applicable rates imposed by either Leduc County or the Town of Beaumont. Property owners will automatically pay the Town of Beaumont's tax rate if they proceed with a subdivision or landowner-initiated redistricting of land.

Timeline of events

November 2012: Leduc County was notified of the Town of Beaumont’s intention to annex land.

January to July 2013: Leduc County and the Town of Beaumont engaged in negotiations and mediation.

April 30, 2013: Leduc County received the Town of Beaumont’s formal notice of intent to annex 24 quarter sections, or 1,536 hectares (3,794 acres), of land.

November 2013 to February 2014: Leduc County evaluated the Town of Beaumont’s notice of intent and provided its response.

Feb. 11, 2014: Town of Beaumont council passed a motion to proceed with its annexation application.

Feb. 19, 2014: The Town of Beaumont amended its notice of intent, reducing the proposed annexation area.

July 3, 2014: The Town of Beaumont submitted its formal application to annex 21 quarter sections of land, or roughly 1,344 hectares (3,320 acres) of Leduc County land.

Sept. 18, 2014: The Municipal Government Board (MGB) – an independent and impartial quasi-judicial board established by the provincial government to make decisions about land-planning matters such as annexation – held a preliminary hearing.

June 8 to 21, 2015: The MGB held a 13-day merit hearing, which allowed both municipalities and intervenors the opportunity to present information and answer questions.

Nov. 22, 2016: The Government of Alberta granted the Town of Beaumont's annexation request by way of an Order in Council, which detailed the Town of Beaumont's successful annexation of 21 quarter sections of land, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Leduc County's costs

Earning and benefits

$136,800

Legal

 $630,658

Fiscal impact assessment consultants

 $73,500

Land use  and planning consultants

 $122,079

Transportation and utilities engineering consultants

 $39,286

Mediators

 $17,268

Advertising

 $1,503

Food

$3,882

Mileage

$22

Rental of meeting rooms

$4,056

Stationery

$93

TOTAL:

$1,029,227