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Annexation

Town of High River - South East
Town of Okotoks
Town of High River - North West
City of Calgary

Annexation is the process of transferring land from one municipal jurisdiction to another. When land is annexed, the ownership of the land does not change, only the municipality that it resides in and whose bylaws it is subject to. Most annexations involve the transferring of land from a rural municipality to an urban municipality to accommodate urban growth, but rural municipalities can also annex land.

Following are some recent annexation applications that the M.D. of Foothills has been and is currently involved in:

Town of High River Annexation 2014-2015 (ongoing)

On November 12, 2014 the Town of High River submitted a Letter of Intent to Annex to the MD of Foothills for approximately 370 acres of land on the south-east side of High River, described as SE 31-18-28 W4, SW 31-18-28 W4, and Ptn. SE 36-18-29-W4M. 

The Town and the M.D. of Foothills hosted a joint public Open House on 22 January 2015 to provide an opportunity for residents and stakeholders to learn more about the intended expansion. Over the next number of months an annexation agreement was negotiated between the two municipalities. 

On April 1, 2015 the M.D. of Foothills Council held a public hearing on the agreement and subsequently tabled a decision for a future meeting.

The Town of High River Council held a public hearing on the annexation agreement on April 27, 2015 and approved the Annexation Agreement on May 11, 2015.

The Annexation Agreement is the key part of an annexation application and if both Councils do approve it, the annexation application could be forwarded to the Province. The Province’s Municipal Government Board will  advertise the application and if they receive any statements of concern will hold an independent public hearing, they will then consider the application and forward a recommendation to the Provincial Government.

 

Town of Okotoks Annexation 2013-2016 (ongoing)

On September 26, 2013 the Town of Okotoks submitted a Notice of Intent thereby initiating a process to annex land to accommodate their growth needs for the next 60 years. The Town and the M.D. have spent a number of years negotiating an annexation agreement using a facilitated mediation process. Mediation concluded on March 29, 2016 when the Town of Okotoks and the MD of Foothills reached agreement in principle. The details of the agreement were outlined in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that was brought before both MD and Town Councils who resolved at their respective meetings on April 6 and April 11, 2016 to support in principle the MOU.

The Town of Okotoks and M.D. of Foothills hosted a joint Open House on April 20, 2016 to provide an opportunity for residents and stakeholders to learn more about key elements of the negotiated MOU and to share concerns and ask questions of both municipalities with respect to the annexation. Subsequent to this, the Town and M.D. worked in cooperation to develop an Annexation Agreement.

On June 27th, 2016, the Town of Okotoks Council approved the Annexation Agreement.

The M.D. of Foothills Council held a non-statutory public hearing on the agreement on June 1, 2016 and approved the Annexation Agreement on July 6, 2016.

The Town of Okotoks submitted an Annexation Application to the Municipal Government Board (MGB) on September 9, 2016 for consideration. To view the application click here.

Although the Town and the MD have been able to negotiate an agreement, objections to the proposed annexation have been filed with the MGB. Therefore, the MGB is required to conduct a public hearing, which has been scheduled as follows:

DATE:             Wednesday, October 12, 2016
TIME:             10:00 AM
LOCATION:   Foothills Centennial Centre, #4, 204 Community Way, Okotoks, Alberta

For more details regarding the public hearing click here.

 

Town of High River Annexation 2010-2011

In 2010, the Town of High River and the MD of Foothills No. 31 negotiated an annexation agreement which would see 1730+/- acres of land annexed into the Town. This agreement was submitted to the Municipal Government Board

An appeal hearing was held in November of 2010 to address objections from landowners and freehold mineral rights holders.

September 16, 2011 the Municipal Government Board issued board order number MGB 060/11 approving the annexation application by the Town of High River effective January 1, 2012.

To see board order click here.

Town of High River - North West

 

City of Calgary and MD of Foothills Annexations 2011

Sirocco Lands Annexation & Spruce Meadows Annexation - The Sirocco and Spruce Meadows Annexations have been completed and granted approval by the Municipal Government Board on March 3, 2011 through Board Order 018/11 to be effective on January 1, 2011.

For more information on this annexation, please contact Heather Hemingway, Municipal Planner at 403-652-2341.

MD of Foothills - Spruce Meadows

City of Calgary - Sirocco Lands