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Here you will find property tax and transition information for the areas affected by annexation. Further questions or requests for more information can be directed to the Assessment & Taxation department.

Landowner Taxation Transition for Non-Farm PropertyFamily Home in GP

Lands and buildings in existence on January 1, 2016 will be taxed each year using the lower of the municipal tax rates established by the County of Grande Prairie and the City of Grande Prairie for 20 years. At the end of that time, there will be an additional five-year transition from County to City tax rates, increasing 20% each year until reaching 100% City tax rates in year 25.

The tax transition will cease if, during any year, one of the following occurs:

1. Subdivision by, or on behalf of, the landowner;
2.
Rezoning by, or on behalf of, the landowner; or
3.
A Local Improvement Bylaw is implemented to allow any parcel to connect to water or sewer where the Local Improvement Bylaw has part or complete funding from the City.

Landowner Taxation Transition for Farm Property

Farm property will be taxed each year using the lower of the municipal tax rates established by the County of Grande Prairie and the City of Grande Prairie for 30 years. At the end this tax protection time frame, there will be an additional five-year transition period from County to City tax rates, increasing 20% each year until reaching 100% City rates in year 35. New subdivisions or rezoning by or on behalf of the landowner, or properties subject to a local improvement bylaw for new water or sewer connections would trigger City tax rates.

Any farmland exemptions currently received by landowners will continue for 35 years within the City, unless the exemptions become inapplicable through Provincial legislation.

The tax transition will cease if, during any year, one of the following occurs:

1. Subdivision by, or on behalf of, the landowner;
2.
Rezoning by, or on behalf of, the landowner; or
3.
A Local Improvement Bylaw is implemented to allow any parcel to connect to water or sewer where the Local Improvement Bylaw has part or complete funding from the City.

One-Parcel-Out Exception

The landowner of an un-subdivided quarter section in use for farming purposes may subdivide out one parcel (with or without a farmstead) without triggering City tax rates for the newly created parcel. This exemption permits continued farming operations, where the landowner may wish to retire and remain on the property, while allowing the farming operations to continue.

Tax One Parcel Out Exception Diagram
1. Subdivision of one parcel from an un-subdivided quarter section is not a triggering event.

2. Subdivision of a farmstead from an un-subdivided quarter section is not a triggering event.

 

 

 

 

These factors will not trigger an End to Tax Protection:

  • Selling the property
  • Building new residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural buildings in accordance with the current Land Use Bylaw
  • Renovations or additions to residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural buildings in accordance with the current Land Use Bylaw
  • Building decks, sheds, fences or other accessory structures in accordance with the current Land Use Bylaw
  • Home occupations in accordance with the current Land Use Bylaw


Last updated: 5/16/2017 11:13:18 AM