Municipal Annexation

What is annexation?

Annexation is a municipal boundary change to allow for future growth. In Alberta, annexations are regulated by the Municipal Government Board (MGB). 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.

Annexation does not change ownership rights, nor does it necessarily initiate immediate development.


Is there a need for annexation?

As a growing and vibrant community, Lloydminster’s residential land supply is depleting, and commercial and industrial stakeholders will face increasing demands to ensure land is available to support future development. Industrial and commercial development support a viable tax base to fund City infrastructure, facilities and services to support residential growth.


Where is the proposed annexation area?

The proposed annexation area includes 23.5 quarter sections of land within the Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) area. These lands have not yet been approved by the municipal councils or the provincial government.

Download the proposed annexation area map here.


What does this mean for residents, businesses and owners?

Residents, businesses and property owners within the annexation area should consider how jurisdictional change in the following municipal services may impact them:

  • water / wastewater
  • garbage disposal
  • emergency services
  • animal control
  • permits
  • land use
  • addresses and land locations
  • etc.

Get involved

The County of Vermilion River and the City of Lloydminster are committed to an open and communicative annexation process.

If you have any questions regarding the proposed annexation please share your voice through the Q/A tool below or contact the municipal representative on the who's listening side field.

In mid-late 2019 the municipalities hosted public engagement opportunities for area residents and stakeholders. Learn more about these findings on the What We Heard Report.

Thank you for showing interest in the current annexation process, we look forward to growing together for the future of our region.

What is annexation?

Annexation is a municipal boundary change to allow for future growth. In Alberta, annexations are regulated by the Municipal Government Board (MGB). 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.

Annexation does not change ownership rights, nor does it necessarily initiate immediate development.


Is there a need for annexation?

As a growing and vibrant community, Lloydminster’s residential land supply is depleting, and commercial and industrial stakeholders will face increasing demands to ensure land is available to support future development. Industrial and commercial development support a viable tax base to fund City infrastructure, facilities and services to support residential growth.


Where is the proposed annexation area?

The proposed annexation area includes 23.5 quarter sections of land within the Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) area. These lands have not yet been approved by the municipal councils or the provincial government.

Download the proposed annexation area map here.


What does this mean for residents, businesses and owners?

Residents, businesses and property owners within the annexation area should consider how jurisdictional change in the following municipal services may impact them:

  • water / wastewater
  • garbage disposal
  • emergency services
  • animal control
  • permits
  • land use
  • addresses and land locations
  • etc.

Get involved

The County of Vermilion River and the City of Lloydminster are committed to an open and communicative annexation process.

If you have any questions regarding the proposed annexation please share your voice through the Q/A tool below or contact the municipal representative on the who's listening side field.

In mid-late 2019 the municipalities hosted public engagement opportunities for area residents and stakeholders. Learn more about these findings on the What We Heard Report.

Thank you for showing interest in the current annexation process, we look forward to growing together for the future of our region.

  • County of Vermilion River and City of Lloydminster Propose Land Annexation

    8 months ago

    Lloydminster AB/SK – The County of Vermilion River and the City of Lloydminster have been collaboratively working toward a development strategy to support the future growth and sustainability of the region.

    With consideration to recent and historical population growth within the City of Lloydminster, a proposal that would see the City of Lloydminster annex rural land adjacent to the City’s Alberta provincial boundaries has been developed.

    County of Vermilion River and City of Lloydminster residents, land and business owners, and stakeholders are encouraged to attend one of the drop-in open houses facilitated by City and County administrative representatives and annexation...

    Lloydminster AB/SK – The County of Vermilion River and the City of Lloydminster have been collaboratively working toward a development strategy to support the future growth and sustainability of the region.

    With consideration to recent and historical population growth within the City of Lloydminster, a proposal that would see the City of Lloydminster annex rural land adjacent to the City’s Alberta provincial boundaries has been developed.

    County of Vermilion River and City of Lloydminster residents, land and business owners, and stakeholders are encouraged to attend one of the drop-in open houses facilitated by City and County administrative representatives and annexation consultants.

    Thursday, August 15, 2019
    5-8 p.m.
    Hampton Inn Lloydminster
    8288 44 Street, Lloydminster, AB

    Tuesday, September 10, 2019
    5-8 p.m.
    Blackfoot Community Hall
    50 Avenue, Blackfoot, AB

    The open houses are facilitated by City and County administrative representatives and annexation consultants who will record your comments and answer questions.

    This is a proposed annexation plan and has not been approved by either municipal council.

    For more information, visit lloydminster.ca/annexation and vermilion-river.com.

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    Media Contacts:

    Jessica Latchuk
    Coordinator, Community Engagement
    City of Lloydminster
    P: 780-875-6184 Ext. 2322
    E: jlatchuk@lloydminster.ca

    Leo Paré
    Director, Communications
    City of Lloydminster
    P: 780-875-6184 Ext. 2711
    E: lpare@lloydminster.ca

    Corinne McGirr
    Coordinator, Community Development
    County of Vermilion River
    P: 780-846-2244
    E: cmcgirr@county24.com

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  • City of Lloydminster and County of Vermilion River Adopt Joint Regional Growth Study

    8 months ago

    June 12, 2019

    Lloydminster, AB/SK – The City of Lloydminster and the County of Vermilion River are advancing mutual long-term land planning with the approval of a new Joint Regional Growth Study (JRGS).

    During their respective Council meetings earlier this week, both Councils voted to adopt the 2019 JRGS, a guiding document that includes beneficial growth scenario, informed by comprehensive planning and technical analysis, for the area in and around the City of Lloydminster.

    “Both our municipalities are looking at a 35-year horizon and determining how we might best position ourselves for effective residential, commercial and industrial growth,” said Mayor...

    June 12, 2019

    Lloydminster, AB/SK – The City of Lloydminster and the County of Vermilion River are advancing mutual long-term land planning with the approval of a new Joint Regional Growth Study (JRGS).

    During their respective Council meetings earlier this week, both Councils voted to adopt the 2019 JRGS, a guiding document that includes beneficial growth scenario, informed by comprehensive planning and technical analysis, for the area in and around the City of Lloydminster.

    “Both our municipalities are looking at a 35-year horizon and determining how we might best position ourselves for effective residential, commercial and industrial growth,” said Mayor Gerald Aalbers. “The extraordinary spirit of collaboration among leaders at the City and the County has been beneficial to this process and we look forward to continuing a productive dialogue with our municipal neighbours.”

    County of Vermilion River Reeve Dale Swyripa said residents, landowners and other key stakeholder within the proposed growth areas will have opportunity to participate in conversation around annexation and municipal development.

    Over the next three months, the City and County will provide an opportunity for the public to engage with Councillors and Administration regarding growth for both municipalities.

    “The overarching goal of everyone involved in this process is to set the stage for sustainable, mutually beneficial growth that enhances quality of life for current and future residents of this region,” said Reeve Swyripa. “Everyone at the table acknowledges the respective growth needs and are working collaboratively to accommodate strategic, achievable growth scenarios.”

    The approved JRGS document may be viewed at www.lloydminster.ca or www.vermilion-river.com.

    Background

    The City of Lloydminster and the County of Vermilion Rover have been working toward a JRGS since 2015 through the Intermunicipal Annexation Negotiation Committee (INAC).

    In April 2019, both City and County Councils approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Collaborative Intermunicipal Development Services, which allows for development to occur on lands located in the previously approved Intermunicipal Development Plan Area (IDP). Within the MOU, the County has agreed to support the future annexation of developmental lands in exchange for the City providing utility servicing. Each party also committed to further discussion on a new IDP and development of an Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework agreement.


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    Media Contacts:

    Leo Paré
    Director, Communications
    P: 780-875-6184 Ext.2711
    E: lpare@lloydminster.ca

    Corinne McGirr
    Community Development Coordinator
    P: 780-846-2244
    E: cmcgirr@county24.com


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  • City of Lloydminster and Country of Vermilion River Collaborate to Advance Regional Growth and Opportunity

    8 months ago

    April 8, 2019

    Lloydminster, AB/SK – A new agreement between the City of Lloydminster and the County of Vermilion River will help pave the way for long-term regional growth and attraction of new economic prospects.

    During their respective Council meetings on Monday, April 8, 2019, both City and County Councils approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Collaborative Intermunicipal Development Services, which allows for development to occur on lands located in the previously approved Intermunicipal Development Plan Area (IDP).

    “As the City and County consider growth and development needs over the next several years, it is important our respective plans...

    April 8, 2019

    Lloydminster, AB/SK – A new agreement between the City of Lloydminster and the County of Vermilion River will help pave the way for long-term regional growth and attraction of new economic prospects.

    During their respective Council meetings on Monday, April 8, 2019, both City and County Councils approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Collaborative Intermunicipal Development Services, which allows for development to occur on lands located in the previously approved Intermunicipal Development Plan Area (IDP).

    “As the City and County consider growth and development needs over the next several years, it is important our respective plans are harmonious and non-obstructive,” said Mayor Gerald Aalbers. “Our mutual adoption of this MOU – and earlier IDP – demonstrate a genuine commitment to creating fair and equitable growth plans of regional benefit.”

    Within the MOU, the County has agreed to support the future annexation of developmental lands in exchange for the City providing utility servicing. Each party also committed to further discussion on a new IDP and development of an Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework agreement.

    County of Vermilion River Reeve Dale Swyripa said the framework established through the MOU ensures the interests of both parties will be considered in future land deliberations.

    “Both parties have come to the table in the spirit of fairness and cooperation, which allows for more expedient, effective growth and development,” said Reeve Swyripa. “As we seek ways to bolster our local economy, it is important municipal neighbours work together to remove and mitigate barriers to new investment.”

    Background

    The IDP was created in 2008 with the purpose of establishing a regional framework for attracting economic opportunities, managing land use, subdivision and development of lands identified in the IDP and identifying future areas for expansion of the City.

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    Media Contacts:

    Leo Paré Director, Communications
    P: 780-875-6184 Ext.2711
    E: lpare@lloydminster.ca

    Corinne McGirr
    Community Development Coordinator
    P: 780-846-2244
    E: cmcgirr@county24.com

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  • City of Lloydminster and County of Vermilion River Move Forward with Joint Regional Growth Study

    8 months ago

    July 26, 2018

    Lloydminster, AB/SK – The City of Lloydminster and the County of Vermilion River are proceeding with the completion of the Joint Regional Growth Study. Once completed, the study will assist both municipalities in developing directions and strategies for effective and mutually-beneficial growth.

    On June 25, 2018 the Inter-municipal Annexation Negotiation Committee (IANC) met to discuss the possibility of restarting the Joint Growth Study process. The meeting gave the City and the County an opportunity to discuss a go-forward strategy.

    “The meeting gave the City and the County an opportunity to discuss a go-forward strategy and the two...

    July 26, 2018

    Lloydminster, AB/SK – The City of Lloydminster and the County of Vermilion River are proceeding with the completion of the Joint Regional Growth Study. Once completed, the study will assist both municipalities in developing directions and strategies for effective and mutually-beneficial growth.

    On June 25, 2018 the Inter-municipal Annexation Negotiation Committee (IANC) met to discuss the possibility of restarting the Joint Growth Study process. The meeting gave the City and the County an opportunity to discuss a go-forward strategy.

    “The meeting gave the City and the County an opportunity to discuss a go-forward strategy and the two municipal partners agreed that we have shared goals and interests, including how to collaboratively attract economic opportunities to the region,” said Mayor Gerald Aalbers.

    The Joint Regional Growth Study will assist both municipalities in their short and long range future planning for the growth of the region, as well as be a key factor for the annexation process.

    “Economic growth within the region encourages innovation and generates sustainability - this growth will come about with the continued collaborative efforts between the City and the County,” said Reeve, Dale Swyripa.

    The annexation negotiation process began in 2014 with both municipal partners entering into the Joint Growth Study. The City of Lloydminster opted to formally withdraw from participating in the study at the November 14, 2017 Regular Council Meeting.

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    Media contacts:

    Michael Specht
    Coordinator, Media & Digital Communications
    P: 780-875-6184 Ext.2309
    E: mspecht@lloydminster.ca

    Corinne McGirr, BComm
    Coordinator, Community Development, County of Vermillion River
    P: 780-846-2244
    E: CMcGirr@county24.com

    Leo Paré
    Director, Communications
    P: 780-875-6184 Ext.2711
    E: lpare@lloydminster.ca


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