City, County approve annexation agreement

Spruce Grove to take control of eight quarter sections in two years

After years of discussions and months of negotiations, Spruce Grove and Parkland County have agreed on an annexation deal.

Spruce Grove City Manager Robert Cotterill says Spruce Grove would annex land from the County to address growth over the next 30 years.

"The annexation agreement outlines the path forward to allow for successful collaborative annexation. After diligent work from the negotiating committees, made up of councillors and administration from the two communities, eight quarter sections of land located south and southeast of the current City of Spruce Grove municipal boundaries have been identified to be annexed by the City of Spruce Grove," he said.

"The next steps of the annexation process is to engage with the public. And finally, the long-term. The City of Spruce Grove, the Town of Stony Plain, and Parkland County are developing a regional plan to guide future economic development, land use, and sustainability."

Of the eight quarter sections, four are north of Highway 628 on either side of Range Rd 274, and the other four are south of Highway 16A on either side of Pioneer Road.

Compensation paid from the city to the county will be negotiated in a separate agreement, according to the Memorandum.

The upcoming public consultation piece is scheduled to happen at some point in June.

Following that, an annexation application would be submitted to the Municipal Government Board by the end of this year.

If approved, that would give Spruce Grove control of the land on January 1, 2021.

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