The Government of Alberta mandates that municipalities with a shared border complete an Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP). The Mountain View County and Town of Olds IDP coordinates land use planning and development decisions involving lands close to the Town of Olds.
What is Annexation?
Annexation is the process of transferring land from one municipal jurisdiction (County) to another municipal jurisdiction (Town). This enables the annexing jurisdiction to administer the area and put in place its plans for orderly and logical growth of the area. The Province of Alberta is the approving authority for annexation proposals.
Annexation is mainly about the supply of available land for planned growth. It means planning ahead so that when the landowner is ready to develop and the economic potential emerges subdivision and development applications can be considered for approval in a timely manner. For this reason, the process of annexation takes place many years prior to anticipated development happening in the area being annexed.
Annexation does not change who owns the land. Each landowner prior to annexation continues to own their property after annexation unless they decide to sell the land to someone else.
The Annexation being proposed involves lands on the northeast corner of Olds. The most pressing need for the Town is land for long term commercial and industrial growth. This area is slated for commercial and industrial uses due to its closeness to Highway 2A, Highway 27 and the QE2 Highway.
View the Proposed Annexation Area.
What is the Process?
Landowner Consultations, Public Review and Input, Local Authorities Input – the Town will continue to consult with landowners in the annexation area, local authorities that may be impacted by annexation and will review the public input that is received. This is expected to take place over September to November 2020.
An open house on the IDP and Annexation was held on August 27, 2020. Click to Review the information boards that were presented.
Annexation Report – the Town will summarize all input and the annexation proposal in a document that will be reviewed by a Town/County Committee. This is expected to take place over December 2020 and January 2021.
Council Acceptance – the Annexation Report will be presented to County Council and Town Council for their acceptance. After that the Annexation Report is sent to the Province as the Town’s formal application.
More Information or Comments to Share?
For further information or to share your comments please contact:
Natasha Wright, Planner, Parkland Community Planning Services