The Fort is getting less than half of what they asked for from their neighbouring county.
Councils from the City of Fort Saskatchewan and Strathcona County have come to an agreement on a negotiated annexation. Fort Saskatchewan will be adding 952 hectares of land mostly south of the city.
The area has roughly 50 Strathcona County properties from the North Saskatchewan River to Township Road 542 and between Range Roads 224 and 223. The 952 hectares won't include a parcel of industrial land north of the city that was previously sought after.
The city requested 2,000 hectares in 2015. While it wasn't all the city asked for, Fort Saskatchewan mayor Gale Katchur was still satisfied.
“This is great news for the prosperity of our region as it ensures we are able to accommodate continued residential and commercial growth," said Katchur.
Strathcona County and Fort Saskatchewan are also looking to reduce the impact on affected residents by ensuring services are maintained.
“By negotiating a deal, we have saved the county land and money and preserved the tax base," said Strathcona County mayor Rod Frank. "Provincial history shows that in over 97 per cent of annexation cases since 1995, the annexing party was granted all or most of the lands requested."
Both municipalities will be meeting with landowners in the next couple months to receive feedback and outline the proposed process going forward.
The Fort will have to send the Notice of Intent to Annex application to be approved by the Municipal Government Board.