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The City of Grande Prairie has proposed to annex 6,316 hectares of land in the County of Grande Prairie No 1. The land is largely undeveloped and situated largely to the west and northwest. It also includes areas to the northeast as well as several quarter sections surrounding the city.
This land will help accommodate future growth objectives.
Grande Prairie is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada. At an average growth rate of 4% per year, we are projected to be a city of nearly 160,000 by 2061. A recent update to our 2008 Growth Study shows that by 2042, we will have run out of land for all types of development, including residential, commercial and industrial.
Development takes time to unfold and the City needs to be able to protect future growth areas from piecemeal interim development on our borders that could conflict with future long-term growth opportunities.
In 2010, the City of Grande Prairie and County of Grande Prairie signed the Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP), which provided a cooperative framework for regional land use planning, economic development, servicing and transportation issues.
The document identifies and projects future growth directions for both municipalities, including the 6,316 hectares currently under consideration.
The annexation will provide a 30-year supply of land that will help us attract industrial and commercial business development, which in turn, will ease residential tax assessments.
The annexation of land from the County is key to future growth and development objectives of the City of Grande Prairie.
Additional commercial and industrial land will help us attract industrial and commercial business with locational choices more comparable to County development. As a result, more residents and additional businesses will be enticed to the community and the City will have a stronger tax base, without relying so heavily on residential taxes.
The City believes that annexation is reasonable and necessary for the City’s future sustainability. Once approval is gained, the City will look forward to working with landowners and the development community to capitalize on the expanded opportunities available to compete for a share of development in the region.
Revised on November 18, 2015
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