ANNEXATION   

Annexation is a municipal boundary change to expand for future growth.  In Alberta, annexations are regulated by the Municipal Government Board.  The annexation process involves negotiations between local governments, public engagement with property owners, a formal review by the Municipal Government Board, and ultimately a decision by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.  The entire process is expected to take approximately two years.

The County of Vermilion River will be working with the City of Lloydminster, the RM of Wilton, the RM of Britannia, the Village of Kitscoty and the Town of Vermilion in intermunicipal planning with the aim of enhancing regional cooperation and partnerships.  The benefits of regional co-operation include more goods, services and infrastructure throughout the region.  Enabling urban expansion facilitates successful long-term growth with more economic opportunities, urban services and amenities. Several areas have been identified as more suitable for urban expansion than others - select the tabs on the left for specific municipalities.

FAQ's


Q: WHAT IS ANNEXATION?
A
: Annexation is a municipal boundary change to expand its land area for future growth opportunities.  Annexation does not change ownership rights and does not necessarily facilitate immediate development.

Q: HOW DOES ANNEXATION AFFECT ME IF I LIVE IN THE ANNEXATION AREA?
A: Each landowner will be affected differently.  You are encouraged to read all annexation information and contact a representative from a municipality if more information is required about your specific situation.  All annexation information is posted on this webpage.

Q: WILL MY TAXES CHANGE?
A: Yes.  After being annexed into a different municipality, you will be required to pay their taxes.  Both municipalities will work together to assist landowners through this transition of tax rates.

Q: HOW LONG WILL THIS PROCESS TAKE, AND WHEN DOES IT BECOME EFFECTIVE?
A: The entire process is estimated to take approximately two years before the Municipal Government Board will render a decision on the annexation request.  The municipalities can propose an effective date; however, the Municipal Government Board will make the ultimate decision on the date.

Q: WHAT SERVICES WILL BE AVAILALBE, AND WHEN?
A: Some immediate services may include street maintenance, and public infrastructure maintenance.  Water, wastewater and solid waste collection will be provided in the future when the annexed lands are developed.  Until further notice is provided, annexed landowners will still be required to haul waste to the landfill

Q: WHO MAKES THE FINAL DECISION?
A: Following a recommendation from the Municipal Government Board, the annexation will be approved by the Province of Alberta

Q: HOW WILL ANNEXATION AFFECT MY ROAD? WILL THE COUNTY STILL GRADE MY ROAD?
A: The County will not continue to service the annexed area following the approval of the annexation – this will be the responsibility of the municipality initiating the annexation.  Section 18 of the Municipal Government Act states that “subject to this or any other Act, a municipality has the direction, control and management of all roads within the municipality” and “a municipal district also has the direction, control and management of roads and road diversions surveyed for the purpose of opening a road allowance as a diversion from the road allowance on the south or west boundary of the district although the roads or road diversions are outside the boundaries of the municipal district.”

Q: WILL MY ADDRESS CHANGE?
A: Lands within the annexation area may undergo an address change.  Landowners will be notified if a proposed change to addresses is implemented. 

Q: WILL MY CHILD SWITCH SCHOOLS AFTER ANNEXATION?
A: The Alberta Government decides school district boundaries.  The pre-annexation school district boundaries will remain the same until such time that the Alberta Government amends the boundaries.  Contact your local school board for more information on this matter:

          Lloydminster Public School Division    780-875-5541
         
Lloydminster Catholic School Division 780-808-8585
   
      Buffalo Trail Public Schools                780-842-6144

Q: HOW DO I STAY INFORMED?
A: Updates will be posted on the County webpage (www.vermilion-river.com).  Email inquiries can be sent to: planning@county24.com. Watch for upcoming public information meetings.  More information can be found at:
         

ANNEXATION RESOURCES & PARTNERS REFERENCE DOCUMENTS
Government of Alberta's Municipal Government Board Alberta Municipal Government Act
City of Lloydminster County of Vermilion River Growth Study (2013)
RM of Wilton Intermunicipal Development Plan
RM of Britannia Lloydminster Municipal Development Plan
 Village of Kitscoty Lloydminster Growth Study