Bon Accord Council has reconsidered their conservation approach to our annexation strategy and has direct4ed Administration to pursue the annexation of the initial quarter section of land located at SE 13-56-24-24, and an additional two (2) quarter sections; NE 13-56-24-W4, and NW 18-56-23-W4.

Council feels this revised strategy will enable better long term planning, mitigate or minimize risk associated with stalled development and provide for consistent, streamlined annexation process that will enable and ensure transparency for residents, Local Authorities and affected or adjacent Landowners.

 

Annexation

What is annexation?

Annexation is the legal process of transferring land from one municipality to another.

Background

The Town of Bon Accord has considered various options for annexation.  Even though there is undeveloped land within the existing municipal boundary, development has stalled.  In addition there is very little commercially-zoned land which can support new development.  Annexation of additional developable lands was seen as a means to spur development as highway frontage is attractive for commercial development.  Moreover, there is sufficient land for residential development “behind” the highway frontage.

 

Notice of Intention to Annex Submitted

On September 15, 2015, Town of Bon Accord Council approved a motion directing Administration to provide a Notice of Intention to Annex to Sturgeon County and the Municipal Government Board and to begin the process of formal negotiations on the annexation.

In March 2016 the area for annexation was revised to include three (3) quarter sections located north and west of the corporate limits. (Click here for a mapped view).


Process to be followed

1. Notice of Intent is sent to County and Municipal Government Board

2. Notice of Intent to County and MGB is sent to all other local authorities (utility companies or commissions, school boards, health authorities, Alberta Transportation, etc.)

3. Negotiations of terms begins

4. Notice to affected landowners

5. Notice to affected sub-surface titleholders

6. Public Open House

7. Development of Application with supporting documentation


Frequently Asked Question

Q: The Town of Bon Accord already annexed land to the north and east and nothing has been done with this land.  Why are you annexing more?

A: The Town has a shortage of residential lots and even fewer commercial properties.  Little progress towards development has been in evidence from the owners of the vacant lands currently within the Town’s boundaries, so the Town is seeking opportunities elsewhere.

The annexation of land from the County is key to future growth and development objectives of the Town.

Additional land will help us attract highway commercial business and additional residential development.  More residents and additional businesses will be enticed to the community, affording us a stronger tax base.

The Town believes that annexation is reasonable and necessary for its future sustainability. Once approval is gained, the Town will look forward to working with landowners and the development community to capitalize on the expanded opportunities available to compete for a share of development in the region.

Q: What is the time line for annexation?

A: There is no set time line; the entire annexation process could take from a few months to two years, depending on the degree of support from parties involved.

Q: What is the Municipal Government Board?

A: The Municipal Government Board (MGB) is an independent and impartial quasi-judicial board established under the Municipal Government Act to make decisions about land planning and assessment matters.

Q: What’s next, and who makes the final decision?

A: The MGB will prepare a report and make recommendations on the proposed annexation that will be forwarded to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and then to the Provincial Cabinet for the final decision.

 

 

Update - March 2016

Bon Accord Council has reconsidered the conservative approach to their annexation strategy.  Council  has directed Administration to pursue the annexation of an additional two (2) quarter sections; NE 13-56-24-W4, and NW 18-56-23-W4, in addition to the initial quarter section of land located at SE 13-56-24-W4.   Notice of this revised intent has been given
to Sturgeon County and the Municipal Government Board.

Council feels this revised strategy will enable better long term planning, mitigate or minimize risk associated with stalled development and provide for consistent, streamlined annexation process that will enable and ensure transparency for residents, Local Authorities and affected or adjacent Landowners.

Update - June 2017

On June 13, 2017 Sturgeon County Council voted unanimously to support the annexation process.  Administration is proceeding, with our planning consultant, MPS, to submit the annexation package to the Municipal Government Board (MGB) for their decision.

 

The Town of Bon Accord will formally submit the annexation application and negotiation report to the MGB on July 4, 2017.

Update - January 2017


Click here to view the Fiscal Impact Analysis of the Annexation proposed by the Town of Bon Accord.

 

Click here to view the Town of Bon Accord Annexation Servicing Study, Final Revision

Update - July 2017

Bon Accord submitted an annexation application and negotiation report to  the Municipal Government Board (MGB) on July 4, 2017.  A copy of the application is available for viewing at the Town Office.  This document cannot be removed from our Office.

 

The MGB received Bon Accord's annexation application on July 6, 2017.  Although the Town of Bon Accord and Sturgeon County have successfully negotiated an agreement, the MGB notes the application cover  letter identifies there is an objection to the Annexation.  In accordance with Section 120 of the Municipal Government Act the MGB must conduct a public hearing.

 

Annexation Public Hearing

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Bon Accord Arena - Mezzanine Level

10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Town Office

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Box 779, Bon Accord, AB T0A 0K0