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    St. Albert wins annexation fight

    Susan Ruttan, edmontonjournal.com
    Published: Thursday, February 15, 2007

    St. Albert has just grown by 30 per cent, thanks to a provincial cabinet decision approving annexation of 1,336 hectares of land from Sturgeon County.

    The decision ends six years of wrangling over how much the city of St. Albert should pay for the land.

    It appears St. Albert has won the fight. The cabinet order requires the city to pay the county $800,000 over 10 years, plus turn over a portion of the taxes from the annexed area for five years.

    St. Albert Mayor Paul Chalifoux estimates the total cost at about $1 million, which is very close to the $1.1 million in total compensation that St. Albert had offered for the land. Sturgeon1s counter request was for closer to $15 million.

    The new land lies west and north of the current St. Albert boundary, including a potentially valuable strip of commercial land along Highway 2 just north of the city boundary.

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    Re: St. Albert wins annexation fight

    Originally posted by E-Town Crusader
    St. Albert wins annexation fight

    Susan Ruttan, edmontonjournal.com
    Published: Thursday, February 15, 2007

    St. Albert has just grown by 30 per cent, thanks to a provincial cabinet decision approving annexation of 1,336 hectares of land from Sturgeon County.

    The decision ends six years of wrangling over how much the city of St. Albert should pay for the land.

    It appears St. Albert has won the fight. The cabinet order requires the city to pay the county $800,000 over 10 years, plus turn over a portion of the taxes from the annexed area for five years.

    St. Albert Mayor Paul Chalifoux estimates the total cost at about $1 million, which is very close to the $1.1 million in total compensation that St. Albert had offered for the land. Sturgeon1s counter request was for closer to $15 million.

    The new land lies west and north of the current St. Albert boundary, including a potentially valuable strip of commercial land along Highway 2 just north of the city boundary.

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    Hypocrisy, it doesn't become you, St. Albert...
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    • #3
      Re: St. Albert wins annexation fight

      Originally posted by murman

      Hypocrisy, it doesn't become you, St. Albert...
      Nope, but I suspect it'll become Edmonton.

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      • #4
        /\Huh?

        I side with murman on this one...
        President and CEO - Airshow.

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        • #5
          ^I think he meant that St. Albert will become a part of Edmonton.

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          • #6
            Annexation info:

            O.C. 38/2007

            February 14, 2007

            The Lieutenant Governor in Council orders that

            (a) effective January 1, 2007, the land described in Appendix A and shown on the sketch in Appendix B is separated from Sturgeon County and annexed to the City of St. Albert,

            (b) any taxes owing to Sturgeon County at the end of December, 2006 in respect of the annexed land are transferred to and become payable to the City of St. Albert together with any lawful penalties and costs levied in respect of those taxes, and the City of St. Albert upon collecting those taxes, penalties and costs must pay them to Sturgeon County, and

            (c) the assessor for the City of St. Albert must assess, for the purpose of taxation in 2007 and subsequent years, the annexed land and the assessable improvements to it,

            and makes the Order in Appendix C.

            For Information only

            Recommended by: Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

            Authority: Municipal Government Act
            (sections 125 and 13

            APPENDIX A

            DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE LANDS SEPARATED FROM STURGEON COUNTY AND ANNEXED TO THE CITY OF ST. ALBERT


            ALL THAT PORTION OF SECTION SIXTEEN (16), TOWNSHIP FIFTY-FOUR (54), RANGE TWENTY-FIVE (25) WEST OF THE FOURTH MERIDIAN, LYING OUTSIDE THE BOUNDARY OF THE CITY OF ST. ALBERT.

            THE ROAD ALLOWANCE LYING EAST OF ALL THAT PORTION OF SECTION SIXTEEN (16), TOWNSHIP FIFTY-FOUR (54), RANGE TWENTY-FIVE (25) WEST OF THE FOURTH MERIDIAN, LYING OUTSIDE THE BOUNDARY OF THE CITY OF ST. ALBERT.

            THE SOUTH HALF OF SECTION TWENTY-ONE (21), TOWNSHIP FIFTY-FOUR (54), RANGE TWENTY-FIVE (25) WEST OF THE FOURTH MERIDIAN.

            THE ROAD ALLOWANCE LYING EAST OF THE SOUTH HALF OF SECTION TWENTY-ONE (21), TOWNSHIP FIFTY-FOUR (54), RANGE TWENTY-FIVE (25) WEST OF THE FOURTH MERIDIAN.

            ALL THAT PORTION OF THE EAST HALF OF SECTION TWENTY (20), TOWNSHIP FIFTY-FOUR (54), RANGE TWENTY-FIVE (25) WEST OF THE FOURTH MERIDIAN LYING SOUTHWEST OF THE SOUTH-WESTERLY LIMIT OF THE DRAINAGE DITCH AS SHOWN ON ROAD PLAN 629NY, AND LYING WEST OF THE WEST LIMIT OF THE ROAD AS SHOWN ON PLAN 6467LZ.

            THE NORTHEAST QUARTER AND THE SOUTH HALF OF SECTION SEVENTEEN (17), TOWNSHIP FIFTY-FOUR (54), RANGE TWENTY-FIVE (25) WEST OF THE FOURTH MERIDIAN.

            ALL THAT PORTION OF THE SOUTH HALF OF SECTION EIGHTEEN (1, TOWNSHIP FIFTY-FOUR (54), RANGE TWENTY-FIVE (25) WEST OF THE FOURTH MERIDIAN LYING SOUTH AND EAST OF THE RIGHT BANK OF CARROT CREEK.

            THE WEST HALF OF SECTION SEVEN (7), TOWNSHIP FIFTY-FOUR (54), RANGE TWENTY-FIVE (25) WEST OF THE FOURTH MERIDIAN.

            LEGAL SUBDIVISIONS THIRTEEN (13) AND FOURTEEN (14) AND ALL THOSE PORTIONS OF LEGAL SUBDIVISIONS ELEVEN (11) AND TWELVE (12) LYING NORTH OF THE ROAD ALLOWANCE SEPARATING THE ST. ALBERT SETTLEMENT FROM THE SAID LAND, ALL WITHIN SECTION SIX (6), TOWNSHIP FIFTY-FOUR (54), RANGE TWENTY-FIVE (25) WEST OF THE FOURTH MERIDIAN.

            ALL THAT PORTION OF THE NORTH HALF OF SECTION ONE (1), TOWNSHIP FIFTY-FOUR (54), RANGE TWENTY-SIX (26) WEST OF THE FOURTH MERIDIAN, LYING EAST OF THE RIGHT BANK OF CARROT CREEK.

            ALL THAT PORTION OF THE EAST HALF OF SECTION TWELVE (12), TOWNSHIP FIFTY-FOUR (54), RANGE TWENTY-SIX (26) WEST OF THE FOURTH MERIDIAN, LYING EAST OF THE RIGHT BANK OF CARROT CREEK.

            ALL THAT PORTION OF THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER OF SECTION THIRTEEN (13), TOWNSHIP FIFTY-FOUR (54), RANGE TWENTY-SIX (26) WEST OF THE FOURTH MERIDIAN, LYING EAST OF THE RIGHT BANK OF CARROT CREEK.

            ALL THOSE PORTIONS OF RIVER LOTS SEVEN (7), EIGHT (, NINE (9), TWELVE (12) AND THIRTEEN (13), ST. ALBERT SETTLEMENT, LYING EAST OF THE RIGHT BANK OF CARROT CREEK.

            RIVER LOTS FOURTEEN (14), FIFTEEN (15), SIXTEEN (16) AND TWENTY-SEVEN (27), ST. ALBERT SETTLEMENT.

            RIVER LOTS FIFTEEN-A (15A) AND SIXTEEN-A (16A), ST. ALBERT SETTLEMENT.

            ALL THOSE PORTIONS OF RIVER LOTS THIRTEEN-A (13A) AND FOURTEEN-A (14A) LYING EAST OF THE RIGHT BANK OF CARROT CREEK.

            THOSE PORTIONS OF ROAD PLANS 882-1682 AND 6467LZ WITHIN THE NORTHEAST QUARTER OF SECTION TWENTY (20) AND THE NORTHWEST QUARTER OF SECTION TWENTY-ONE (21), TOWNSHIP FIFTY-FOUR (54), RANGE TWENTY-FIVE (25) WEST OF THE FOURTH MERIDIAN, AND THE ADJOINING GOVERNMENT ROAD ALLOWANCE, WHICH LIE SOUTH OF A LINE DRAWN EASTERLY FROM THE INTERSECTION OF THE WEST LIMIT OF ROAD PLAN 882-1682 WITH THE NORTHEAST LIMIT OF THE DRAINAGE DITCH AS SHOWN ON ROAD PLAN 629NY AND PERPENDICULAR TO THE EAST BOUNDARY OF ROAD PLAN 6467LZ.

            ALL INTERVENING ROAD ALLOWANCES, REGISTERED ROAD PLANS, REGISTERED HIGHWAY PLANS, ALL INTERSECTIONS AND ALL INTERVENING RAILWAY RIGHT-OF-WAY PLANS.

            APPENDIX B

            A SKETCH SHOWING THE GENERAL LOCATION OF THE AREAS

            ANNEXED TO THE CITY OF ST. ALBERT




            Annexation Areas

            APPENDIX C

            ORDER


            1 In this Order, "annexed land" means the land described in Appendix A and shown on the sketch in Appendix B.

            2 For taxation purposes in 2007 and subsequent years up to and including 2021, the annexed land and the assessable improvements to it

            (a) must be assessed by the City of St. Albert on the same basis as if they had remained in Sturgeon County, and

            (b) must be taxed by the City of St. Albert in respect of each assessment class that applies to the annexed land and the assessable improvements to it using the municipal tax rate established by Sturgeon County.

            3(1) Section 2 ceases to apply to a portion of the annexed land and the assessable improvements to it in the taxation year immediately following the taxation year in which

            (a) the portion becomes a new parcel of land of 16 hectares or less created as a result of subdivision or separation of title by registered plan of subdivision or by instrument or any other method that occurs at the request of, or on behalf of, the landowner,

            (b) becomes a residual portion of 16 hectares or less after a new parcel referred to in clause (a) has been created,

            (c) is redesignated at the request of, or on behalf of the landowner under the City of St. Albert Land Use Bylaw to another designation other than Urban Reserve,

            (d) the portion receives a development permit for a commercial or industrial development,

            (e) the portion is the subject of a local improvement project described in a local improvement by-law initiated by or on behalf of or with the support of the landowner pursuant to which the City of St. Albert water and sewer services are made available to it, or

            (f) the portion is connected to the water or sanitary sewer services provided by the City of St. Albert.

            4 After section 2 ceases to apply to a portion of the annexed land in a taxation year, that portion of the annexed land and the assessable improvements to it must be assessed and taxed for the purposes of property taxes in the same manner as other property of the same assessment class in the City of St. Albert is assessed and taxed.

            5(1) In this section, "compensation amount" means the amount of municipal property taxes payable to the City of St. Albert under Part 10 of the Municipal Government Act in respect of the annexed land for a taxation year.

            5(2) The City of St. Albert must pay to Sturgeon County

            (a) 100% of the compensation amount on or before December 31, 2007

            (b) 80% of the compensation amount on or before December 31, 2008

            (c) 60% of the compensation amount on or before December 31, 2009

            (d) 40% of the compensation amount on or before December 31, 2010

            (e) 20% of the compensation amount on or before December 31, 2011.

            6 In 2009 and later years up to and including 2018, the City of St. Albert must, on December 31 of each year, pay to Sturgeon County $80,000 as revenue sharing.

            7 Notwithstanding the effective date of this Order, for the period January 1, 2007 to March 31, 2007 inclusive, Sturgeon County is responsible for

            (a) the direction, control and management of all roads within the annexed land,

            (b) providing municipal services within the annexed land, and

            (c) any liability that arises from

            (i) the direction, control and management of all roads within the annexed land, and

            (ii) the provision of any municipal services within the annexed land.

            http://www.gov.ab.ca/home/Orders_in_.../2007_038.html

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            • #7
              I wonder if the construction of the Hwy 2 bypass has anything to do with the acquisition of this land?
              “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

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              • #8
                St. Albert just got 30% bigger!

                St. Albert just got bigger
                Province approves annexation of land in Sturgeon County; city will grow by 30 per cent


                Susan Ruttan, The Edmonton Journal
                Published: Friday, February 16, 2007


                EDMONTON - St. Albert will grow by 30 per cent due to a provincial cabinet decision approving annexation of 1,336 hectares of land from Sturgeon County.

                The city of 56,000 has also won a years-long battle over how much compensation Sturgeon County should get for the land.

                The cabinet order requires St. Albert to pay the county $800,000 over 10 years, plus turn over a portion of local taxes from the annexed area for five years.

                St. Albert Mayor Paul Chalifoux estimates total compensation will be about $1 million, which is what St. Albert had offered for the land. Sturgeon had sought nearly $15 million.

                County Mayor Helmut Hinteregger said Thursday the county had claimed the higher amount for the loss of valuable commercial land along Highway 2, north of St. Albert.

                "We're going to have to lick our wounds and carry on," Hinteregger said, adding he's glad the principle of cities paying for annexed land was upheld.

                He suspects the Municipal Government Board, which adjudicated the annexation dispute, may have been swayed by the fact the county is about to become rich from construction of giant bitumen upgraders on its land.

                Municipal Government Board recommendations go to cabinet for final approval. Chalifoux told a news conference he's happy "to put this acrimonious issue to rest."

                He said the city will move quickly to get its plans in order so it can accept development applications for the new land, which lies west and north of St. Albert.

                As a bedroom community, St. Albert is short of commercial and industrial development, which helps bolster a city's tax base. That's one goal for the new land, Chalifoux said.

                Right now, only 11 per cent of the city's tax assessment is non-residential and the mayor said St. Albert wants to boost that to 20 per cent. Another goal will be to create more affordable housing and perhaps more "green" housing, with solar panels and geothermal heating, he said.

                "We've had a reputation of being a niche-type residential community and with our demographics we definitely do have to broaden our housing stock."

                Chalifoux assured residents within the annexed zone that their tax rates will remain at the lower Sturgeon County level for 15 years, provided they don't develop their land.

                He said the annexation is expected to initially push local taxes up, then pull them down, so over 25 years the effect will be neutral.

                Sturgeon County is also losing land to towns inside its boundaries. Gibbons annexed 54 hectares last fall, and both Redwater and Bon Accord are in annexation negotiations.

                Redwater Mayor Connie Tchir said she hopes to have annexation of 1,350 hectares approved by spring. The town is expanding on three sides in preparation for a population surge from 2,500 to 30,000 due to nearby upgrader construction. About 35 per cent of the Redwater annexation land cannot be developed because there are oil and gas piplelines underneath, she said.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Sonic Death Monkey
                  I wonder if the construction of the Hwy 2 bypass has anything to do with the acquisition of this land?
                  They're related issues, for sure. The road is needed for existing subdivisions in NW St. Albert and to access future subdivisions in the annexation area. The city wants to expand its tax base; the road should help with that.

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                  • #10
                    Murman wrote:
                    "Hypocrisy, it doesn't become you, St. Albert..."
                    There is nothing hypocritical about this.
                    There is a huge difference between St. Albert annexing undeveloped farmland for future development and Edmonton annexing developed residential or industrial areas for empire building and taxation purposes.
                    This ruling shows that the province recognizes St. Albert's right to both exist and to grow. So you can all take your Greater Edmonton Empire wet dreams and file them where the sun don't shine.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ralph60
                      Murman wrote:
                      "Hypocrisy, it doesn't become you, St. Albert..."
                      There is nothing hypocritical about this.
                      There is a huge difference between St. Albert annexing undeveloped farmland for future development and Edmonton annexing developed residential or industrial areas for empire building and taxation purposes.
                      This ruling shows that the province recognizes St. Albert's right to both exist and to grow. So you can all take your Greater Edmonton Empire wet dreams and file them where the sun don't shine.
                      Oh, I don't relish being in your position now. Sometimes, most times, discretion is the better part of valour. Instead, you have used charged language does nothing to better the debate. Very unbecoming.

                      All I can say is "beware the wrath of Richard".
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                      • #12
                        Bring it on.

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                        • #13
                          The reason for the inflammatory language (and this time I refuse to apologize) is because this ruling was a clear signal that the province recognizes St. Albert's right to exist.
                          St. Albert has been more than willing to cooperate with the city on a number of projects and has taken a leadership role in regional cooperation.
                          Yet some people refuse to let the annexation issue die.
                          It is this attitude that infuriates me, it is just as ignorant and short sighted as the counties move, walking out of talks. Regional cooperation is absolutely critical but it won't be acheived as long as people keep harping on annexation.
                          If the annexation issue keeps being raised, the level of debate will continue to drop.
                          To make a further point, debating this issue with me is like wrestling with a pig, we all get dirty and even if I lose I still enjoy it.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ralph60
                            The reason for the inflammatory language (and this time I refuse to apologize) is because this ruling was a clear signal that the province recognizes St. Albert's right to exist.
                            St. Albert has been more than willing to cooperate with the city on a number of projects and has taken a leadership role in regional cooperation.
                            Yet some people refuse to let the annexation issue die.
                            It is this attitude that infuriates me, it is just as ignorant and short sighted as the counties move, walking out of talks. Regional cooperation is absolutely critical but it won't be acheived as long as people keep harping on annexation.
                            If the annexation issue keeps being raised, the level of debate will continue to drop.
                            To make a further point, debating this issue with me is like wrestling with a pig, we all get dirty and even if I lose I still enjoy it.
                            Please stop using the COE services and roads. Tax-dodger (sorry, I just had to...)
                            A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims, but accomplices.

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                            • #15
                              I will stop using them, and stop commenting on the city as soon as Edmonton stops taking funding from the province and the Feds.
                              Until then, it is open season.

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