Leduc County and the City of Edmonton signed a letter of intent on April 11, 2012, detailing a minimum one-year collaborative process the two municipalities would engage in to coordinate growth. Prior to this collaborative process concluding, the City of Edmonton submitted its notices of annexation.
Leduc County received formal notice from the City of Edmonton on March 5, 2013, detailing the city's intention to extend its southern boundary and annex roughly 15,900 hectares (39,273 acres) of county land by way of two separate annexation proposals (west area and east area). The City of Edmonton submitted an amended notice of intent on April 15, 2015 to include four additional quarter sections of land, or roughly 259 hectares (640 acres), directly north of the Town of Beaumont, for a total proposed annexation area of 16,160 hectares (39,915 acres).
Following months of negotiations, Leduc County and the City of Edmonton signed a Framework for Agreement, to form the basis of an annexation agreement. On Jan. 30, 2017, the City of Edmonton amended its notice of intent (west area and east area) to better align with the Framework for Agreement.
On June 30, 2017, Leduc County and the City of Edmonton signed an Annexation Agreement, detailing an uncontested annexation area of 8,860 hectares (21,885 acres) of land.
On Aug. 30, 2017, the City of Edmonton amended its notice of intent (west area and east area) to better align with the Annexation Agreement.
On June 30, 2017, Leduc County and the City of Edmonton signed the Annexation Agreement, which details an uncontested annexation area of 6,235 hectares (15,400 acres) of land west of the Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Highway and 2,625 hectares (6,485 acres) of land east of the QEII Highway.
The Annexation Agreement identifies the following key elements:
The City of Edmonton will pay Leduc County $3.2-million in a lump-sum payment following the effective date of annexation, and will pay Leduc County $530,000 annually for 10 consecutive years.
Unless mutually agreed, the City of Edmonton's boundary will not shift again into Leduc County until joint planning for that area has been completed.
Residents in the annexation agreement area will receive 50-years of tax protection, subject to development.
Both municipalities will jointly promote the concept of an agriculture land reserve or similar protection for agricultural land into the future.
While both the city and county reached an annexation agreement, the city must still submit its annexation application to the Municipal Government Board, to initiate that process.
As part of the agreement, Leduc County, the City of Edmonton, the City of Leduc and the Edmonton International Airport (EIA) signed the Inter-Jurisdiction Cooperation Accord, forming a new partnership aimed at helping the EIA reach its full potential as a key economic driver bringing benefits to the entire Edmonton metropolitan region and province.
On Nov. 30, 2016, Leduc County and the City of Edmonton signed a Framework for Agreement. This is not an annexation agreement; rather, it details key framework elements that will inform negotiations and form the basis of an annexation agreement.
The Framework for Agreement identifies the following key elements:
The City of Edmonton amend its west annexation notice by withdrawing the lands west of the EIA and south of Highway 19
Leduc County will retain the north Nisku industrial area and the reservoir
Unless mutually agreed, the City of Edmonton’s boundary will not shift again into Leduc County until joint planning for that area has been completed.
The inclusion of Edmonton International Airport (EIA) lands in the annexation will be determined over the next several months through a collaborative exercise between Leduc County, the City of Edmonton and the EIA.
While the Framework for Agreement details some key elements, additional items still need to be negotiated, such as compensation, tax protection provisions and other transition requirements.
Leduc County and the City of Edmonton will continue to negotiate with the aim of presenting an uncontested annexation proposal to the Municipal Government Board.