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City responds to County annexation rebuttal

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The city has submitted their its final rebuttal to the Municipal Government Board.

The document is part of the City’s request to annex 6,300 hectares of County land.

Mayor Bill Given says the land base is needed to compete with the development going on in the County.

“We recognize the County of Grande Prairie’s right to be able to grow a very urban centre in the Clairmont area. In recognition of that, the Clairmont area isn’t part of the annexation. We believe in recognizing that the County has a right to grow an urban area, the City should have some measure of a right to a land base to attract industry.”

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The county responded earlier this year with a considerably lower proposal of 543 hectares.

Given adds there has been some misinformation around the parameters of their annexation proposal, though administration has tried to lay everything out as clearly as possible on the City’s website.

“The essence of them is that the City has committed to ensuring that land owners can continue to enjoy their land in the manner which their using it today into the foreseeable future, until such time as they choose to change the use. We committed to that throughout the entire process; any suggestion otherwise is really clouding the issue.”

 

The Municipal Government Board now has until late October to review all documents before the two week hearing gets underway.

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