Airdrie-Rocky View annexation official
By: Dawn Smith
| Posted: Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012 06:00 am
The Government of Alberta approved Airdrie’s annexation of 12,640 acres of land from Rocky View County, March 22.
The move came after an agreement was reached last May following more than a year of negotiation between the County and the City.
Airdrie Mayor Peter Brown said he would like to thank County and City staff for all of their hard work.
“I think this is tremendous,” he said. “This annexation is one of the most important opportunities to plan the future of Airdrie.”
Rocky View Reeve Rolly Ashdown said the process went seamlessly from start to finish.
“It is just a great monument to what happens when different municipalities work in total collaboration,” said Ashdown. “We are happy to work with our neighbours in allowing them to pursue their goals for the future.”
Airdrie is now responsible for the land to the west, north and east of city limits, which has a population of about 714 people. The annexation area includes 213 homes and 52.8 kilometres of roads.
All agricultural land within the annexed area will be pegged to County tax rates for 30 years and non-agriculture land will maintain Rocky View rates for 20 years.
Airdrie will take over agricultural services within the annexation’s borders, but won’t extend city services, such as garbage, to the area.
According to Ashdown, the County’s agricultural department will assist the City of Airdrie in farm-related issues.
“We are glad to support them in any way we can to help (former residents) in the transition from a rural municipality to an urban one,” said Ashdown. “We truly know they are in good hands and we wish them well.”
Brown said with growth comes challenges, but the new land creates many opportunities for the city.
“We are going to be looking into getting the ratio of commercial and industrial up and residential down because that is how you sustain a community,” he said.
“We want people to be able to live, work and play in the community. We will be able to be completely separate from Calgary and people will not have to go south for anything.”
The newly acquired land is expected to be enough for 50 years of Airdrie growth.
- With files from Stacie Snow