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To grow, Beaumont requires additional lands to attract industrial and commercial development within its boundaries. Industrial development provides a strong, viable tax base to fund more infrastructure, facilities and services.
Beaumont has a long history of cooperation with our neighbouring municipalities. Our commitment to continue working with our neighbouring communities in the region remains high and we look forward to a transition whereby residents’ interests are kept at the forefront.
We are partners with Leduc County on these agreements: • Municipal Services Mutual Aid Agreement (Fire Services / RCMP)• Beaumont / Leduc County – FCSS Agreement• Regional partnership between City of Leduc; Leduc County and Beaumont for the MacEwan Supervisory Development, and Administrative Assistant program training• LeBlanc Canal Maintenance Agreement• Leduc County Recreation Cost Share Agreement (Leduc County / Beaumont)o Ken Nichol Regional Recreation Centero Leduc County – Aqua-Fit Funding• Beaumont Community Center• Leduc Shared Services Analysis identified the following area for continued partnershipo Joint Training Opportunitieso Information Technologyo Procuremento Solid Waste
No. The annexation application and supporting studies were based on a 50 year supply of land. Relevant MGB findings:  Although the Capital Region Board population projections are only for a 35-year time frame, the MGB finds a 50 year annexation period is appropriate in this situation. In view of the historical conflict between the two municipalities and the recent extraordinary growth experienced by Beaumont, the MGB finds that the longer time horizon provides greater certainty for all affected parties. While Edmonton contends it will need the land in the overlap area before Beaumont does, the amount of overlap - if any - will remain uncertain until Edmonton finalizes its annexation application and submits it to the MGB as well as the neighbouring municipalities for consideration. Moreover, as has already been discussed, the Capital Region Growth Plan PGAs do not allocate growth to any specific municipality.  Current economic conditions could affect the rate of population growth in the short term with fewer housing starts and declining activity. It is difficult to predict the magnitude of this impact over the 50-year time frame of the projections; however, on balance, the MGB finds the 59,534 projection of the Growth Study Update to be reasonable.  The MGB finds that the current trend in Beaumont's average household size is declining, which is consistent with the general trend that occurs as a municipality matures. As detailed below, the MGB expects Beaumont to meet CGRP targets for density with respect to unplanned land within its boundaries. However, as densities increase and multi-family housing forms a greater proportion of residential stock, average people/du will most likely decline. Accordingly, a household size of 2.8 people/du is appropriate to calculate residential land requirement.  Beaumont stated it needs an additional 856.58 ha (13.49 quarter sections) of gross residential land to accommodate its growth for a 50-year horizon. In contrast, the County and Edmonton presented arguments for significantly smaller land requirements. The amount of residential land required is a function of the time horizon, population projection, density levels, number of people per household, and the amount of vacant developable land available within the municipality. The MGB has already addressed each of these factors in this report and accepts Beaumont will need an additional 856.58 ha (13.49 quarter sections) of gross residential land to accommodate its projected residential growth.
Yes. In addition to all the work completed in the annexation process, Beaumont is developing a new Utilities Master Plan and Offsite Levies for the annexation lands in 2017. Beaumont is also working with developers to ensure a smooth transition of servicing to the new lands. Relevant MGB findings:  The MGB finds regional water and wastewater systems are in place and can be expanded as necessary to accommodate growth. The MGB agrees that due to their existing connections to Beaumont, the regional CRSWSC and ACRWC networks can more readily service the annexation lands than the more distant City services. Based on the engineering reports and testimony, the MGB does not see servicing using gravity alone versus lift stations and force mains to be an overriding factor in favour of City servicing. The MGB does not consider the extension of the water and wastewater systems south of Highway 625 to be detrimental to growth in this direction as argued by the County. With the number of highways, roads and ditches in the Edmonton area, the MGB is confident ACRWC and CRSWSC have the experience to assist Beaumont in extending these lines. The MGB also expects any additional costs associated with the provision of water and waste water services to the south will be borne by future developers. However, given that services would have to be extended either north or south, the MGB was not convinced that it would be economical to service and annex lands to the east at this time.  Stormwater management appears to be more of a challenge, in part due to the relatively flat topography, distance to outlets, and historical development in the area. The MGB agrees that a regional stormwater management plan is necessary. Growth and the demands of new development will create impetus to develop a regional plan that will improve the current situation, regardless of which municipality the growth happens to be in.
Yes. Beaumont is currently developing a new Transportation Master Plan which includes the newly annexed lands. For more information on the Transportation Master Plan visit www.beaumont.ab.ca/ourbeaumont. Relevant MGB findings:  The MGB accepts Beaumont has demonstrated its commitment to provide transportation infrastructure in twinning 50 Street and is satisfied that the existing transportation networks will be upgraded and added to as Beaumont develops. Beaumont did not make submissions with respect to the intent of the bylaw restricting heavy vehicles within Beaumont's limits; however the MGB expects that with annexation, the bylaw will be amended to accommodate existing agricultural equipment and to attract the desired commercial and industrial uses within the new boundaries.  Hwy 625 is under Provincial jurisdiction, and the MGB is satisfied that Alberta Transportation (AT) will not allow development to compromise the function and high load capability of this highway. In this regard, AT has indicated that its requirements can be addressed through Section 14 and 15 of the Subdivision and Development Regulation for an annexation of this type. With growth of Beaumont, there will be impacts on the volume of traffic on Hwy 625 whether or not development occurs south of Hwy 625.  The MGB is satisfied that the existing transportation networks will be upgraded and added to as Beaumont develops. Beaumont has already undertaken the planning required to upgrade Range Roads 241 and 243. Offsite levies will be used by Beaumont to fund the upgrading these roads to four-lane arterial roads in the future. Although Beaumont’s future population growth may impact the County’s road system, as this area is in a CRGP PGA this impact would happen regardless of whether the growth was in Beaumont or the County.
Landowner concerns raised during the annexation hearings were noted, tracked, and are currently being addressed. Between now and the end of 2016, Beaumont’s Land Use Bylaws are being updated with intended adoption to occur in early 2017. Beaumont respects the right to farm the lands in the annexation area. Landowners are invited to contact Beaumont with any questions 780-929-8782. We are also available for one-on-one meetings. Relevant MGB findings:  Many landowner concerns arose during the hearing, including the ability to farm, drainage/wastewater issues, weed control, and various bylaw issues. Beaumont demonstrated it is aware of these issues and can address them through bylaw amendments as necessary. For example, the MGB accepts Beaumont will consider possible bylaw changes for livestock. However, the extent of these bylaw changes is a local issue. Beaumont is equally capable of dealing with drainage issues and is working to correct these matters. Finally, the MGB observes that all municipalities are required to comply with the Alberta Weed Control Act and trusts Beaumont will address weed issues as required by that Act.