Whitecourt Town Council this week discussed the latest update in the process of land annexation north of town.
For the past several years, Administration has been working on annexing lands between Flats Road and the Athabasca River.
The Annexation Report was finalized and submitted to Woodlands County, who gave their support for the project in December. Now a formal application was sent to the Municipal Government Board with a proposed annexation date of July 1, 2019.
According to Town Council, the conditions of the annexation will be that properties are taxed at the lower of two tax rates for a period of 10 years unless a parcel of land is subdivided, at which time the property would be taxed at Town rates; and that implementation of the Community Standards Bylaw will be as comparable to parcels of similar nature rather than the Town at large.
Deputy Mayor Ray Hilts with more on the process.
The annexation is being submitted as contested as Council was unable to obtain consent from one of the
residential property owners.
Because the annexation is contested, the MGB will plan for hearings in the community. Although Council is
requesting an effective date of July 1, 2019, the MGB has advised that if a Provincial election is called, there may be a delay in achieving that date.