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Lloydminster plans to submit annexation proposal

The City of Lloydminster has chosen to submit its annexation proposal, moving away from conversations with the County of Vermilion River.

It will finalize and submit an annexation application to the Alberta Municipal Government Board (MGB) with plans to expand further into Alberta.

The Border City and the County have been working on an annexation agreement since 2015.

Mayor Gerald Aalbers said negotiations came to a dead-end due to talks about compensation.

He adds since the annexation is contested, the process will take a longer to move forward.

“The Board will set a hearing date and move forward from there. Beyond that, I don’t have a clear cut direction from the board by any means as to when they will look at the application and start the process. It’s going to be months, it may be a year.”

The MGB, who helps municipalities that can’t arrive at a resolution, will make a final decision on the matter.

Councillor Jonathan Torresan believes the project is vital to have a land for potential growth.

“We’re finally getting some resolution in that we can move forward and start to have some intelligent planning for the City on how we will grow long into the future.”

Based on a joint Regional Growth Study in 2019, the City’s population is projected to double from its population of 31,410 in 2016 to 67,489 by 2051.

About Tre Lopushinsky

Tre is the lead reporter/editor at Lloyd Connect. He is a NAIT Radio and Television alumni. Tre has experience in radio, audio production, video editing and news reporting. During his time at NAIT he worked as a sports editor for the college paper and was a commentator for NAIT Ooks Basketball and volleyball teams. Some residents may know him as being the "giant employee" in the community for the past two years. Tre, for some reason, hasn’t veered away from his childhood as he has a passion for collecting figures (not dolls!).

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