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Revised on January 15, 2016

Who do I speak to if I have any questions about this process?
Is my property within the new City Boundary?
What is annexation?
When does Annexation become effective?
Where can I view the Province's Decision?
How will school attendance areas and school bussing be impacted?
Will the City maintain the same level of service as the County for snow removal?
How will weed control and other agricultural services be handled?
Will there be road upgrading in the future?
Will there be changes to road names?
Will there be any changes to addressing?
Will I require a business licence from the City if I currently own a business within the Rural Service Area?
What about matters such as hunting, use of quads and snowmobiles, raising of livestock. Will I lose such rights if I become part of the City?
Will I be able to continue to take my solid waste to the Clairmont Landfill?
What about emergency services coverage if I am part of the City?
How will the County be compensated?
How will land owners taxes be impacted?
What factors will not trigger an end to landowner tax protection?
If I build a deck or a home addition will I lose tax protection?
How will my land be zoned after annexation?
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Q: Who do I speak to if I have any questions about this process?
A:

The Citizen Contact Centre is your one-stop shop for City of Grande Prairie information. Please call 780-538-0300 and one of our Representatives will be glad to help you. The Citizen Contact Centre operates from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays. 

If you have an in-depth enquiry, please email: citizencontactcentre@cityofgp.com

The Rural Service Area guide is a comprehensive guide that provides up-to-date information about the annexed area's transition to the City. Download the guide here. (PDF, 3 MB)

Q: Is my property within the new City Boundary?
A:

To determine if your property is within the new City Boundary, please refer to this PDF map of the Rural Service Area.

If you would like confirmation, please call the Citizen Contact Centre and provide your address and/or subdivision name and we can confirm if your property is affected.

The Citizen Contact Centre is available at 780-538-0300 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday. If you have a detailed question, we invite you to email citizencontactcentre@cityofgp.com.

Q: What is annexation?
A:
Annexation is the act of transferring jurisdiction over an area from one municipality into another. This does not involve changing ownership of this land; it is just a change in municipal jurisdiction.
Q: When does Annexation become effective?
A:
The effective date of annexation was January 1, 2016.
Q: Where can I view the Province's Decision?
A:
View the Government of Alberta Order in Council here. Government of Alberta Order in Council
Q: How will school attendance areas and school bussing be impacted?
A:

There is no impact to any students that attend the Catholic School Division. The Catholic system is already a regionalized school system.

Peace Wapiti School Division would like to reassure residents that current school boundaries will remain in effect until June 30, 2016. Under Section 239 of the School Act, a Minister may add lands to a district or division and any changes would occur after the end of the current school year. However because an annexation is occurring does not necessarily mean the Minister will add lands to Grande Prairie Public School District. 

In the past, as a result of a change in a municipal boundary, education ministers have done the following:

  1. Made no change to division school boundaries
  2. Changed school division boundaries to reflect municipal changes
  3. Changed school division boundaries and then provided transportation grants until the affected students graduated

School Board Contacts

Grande Prairie Public School District
10213-99 Street
Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2H3
PH: (780) 532-4491 

Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools
9902-101 Street
Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2P4
PH: (780) 532-3013 

Peace Wapiti School Division
8611A-108 Street
Grande Prairie, AB T8V 4C5
PH: (780) 532-8133 

Q: Will the City maintain the same level of service as the County for snow removal?
A:

Yes.The City has worked with the County of Grande Prairie to determine the current level of service provided by the County for activities such as road grading and snow plowing within the Rural Service Area. The City has formulated a service plan that strives to provide a level of service at or above what is currently provided by the County.

The City is also committed to continuing to clear seniors’ driveways. We have obtained the list of impacted residents. However, in order to ensure this list is current, please call the Citizen Contact Centre with your name and address.

Q: How will weed control and other agricultural services be handled?
A:

The City is committed to maintaining the same level of service as was provided by the County for garbage pick-up in ditches, roadside ditch mowing and brushing. Mosquito control boundaries will be expanded and maintained to the current City service standard.

Compliance as per the following Acts will be followed.

  • Weed Control Act
  • Agricultural Pests Act
  • Soil Conservation Act
  • Animal Health Act
Q: Will there be road upgrading in the future?
A:
The City has an Infrastructure Planning Study that proposed a road layout concept in the annexation area, and the City will soon commence an update to the Transportation Master Plan to ensure the planned road network meets the future needs of the City and harmonizes with the alignment of Highway 43X.

Road upgrading may occur as development occurs in the area, but it depends on several other factors as well. The City of Grande Prairie Engineering Services is responsible for determining the Capital Projects to be recommended to City Council in the Capital Budget. Engineering Services undertakes a Traffic Counting program to monitor the number of vehicles using the road network; this assists in determining the priority roads for upgrades and repairs.

Engineering Services is also responsible for reviewing and approving accesses to public roads. Should you wish to widen your driveway access or construct a new approach, please contact Engineering Services on 780-538-0417 or email eng_permits@cityofgp.com
Q: Will there be changes to road names?
A:
Township and Range Roads will immediately begin a transition to City road names, i.e. Range Road 55 will become 84 Street, however this will not impact your civic address. Both road names will be shown on signage. Road names that are not converted immediately will be renamed as development occurs.
Q: Will there be any changes to addressing?
A:
There will be no changes to civic addressing until development begins to take place. You may wish to change your municipality to Grande Prairie instead of The County of Grande Prairie No.1. In either case, Canada Post advises that mail will be delivered correctly based on the postal code.
Q: Will I require a business licence from the City if I currently own a business within the Rural Service Area?
A:

Certain types of businesses located within the City of Grande Prairie are required to obtain a business license. The City will require all affected existing businesses in the Rural Service Area to be licensed by June 30, 2016. The City will waive business license fees for existing businesses in the Rural Service Area for five years.

Click here for more detailed information about the business licensing process and requirements

If you require further information regarding the City’s business licensing program or if you would like to discuss your particular situation, please contact the Enforcement Services Department.
Ph: (780) 830-5790
Email: es_contact@cityofgp.com
Or in person at the Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment 10202 - 99 Street, Grande Prairie, AB.

Q: What about matters such as hunting, use of quads and snowmobiles, raising of livestock. Will I lose such rights if I become part of the City?
A:

The City has committed to recognize these lifestyle concerns therefore we have prepared to address some of the key bylaw and policy differences that may exist between the City and County. Some specific examples include:

Hunting: 
This is a Federally and Provincially regulated activity. The City of Grande Prairie bylaws will not change existing hunting regulations in the Rural Service Area.

Firearms: 

The City is amending Bylaw C-1103 to permit the continued discharge of firearms within the Rural Service Area presently designated by the County Land Use Bylaw as Agricultural General (AG). 

Off-Highway Vehicles: 

A new City of Grande Prairie Off-Highway Vehicle Bylaw will permit the continued use with of Off-Highway Vehicles in the Rural Service Area. 

Animal Control:
  • The City will recognize all existing dog licences from the County of Grande Prairie until their expiration.
  • New City animal licences will be provided to residents of the Rural Service Area at no cost for 5 years.
  • Cats do not need to be licensed in the Rural Service Area.
  • The City does not have restricted breeds for dogs - a vicious or nuisance animal designation is only applied if demonstrated behaviour makes it necessary. 
Keeping of Livestock

Livestock is permitted based on your permitted or discretionary land use. If you were previously permitted to keep livestock under County regulations, you will continue to be permitted under the City regulations.

Q: Will I be able to continue to take my solid waste to the Clairmont Landfill?
A:

The City recognizes some landowners within the Rural Service Area use the Clairmont Waste Management Facility with no fee to dispose of garbage. The City is committed to compensating annexed landowners for a period of five years if they choose to continue disposing of solid waste at the Clairmont facility.

The County has agreed to continue providing Rural Service Area residents with the same solid waste disposal service levels through January 2016. The City and the County are developing a solution on solid waste disposal after February 1, 2016.

Q: What about emergency services coverage if I am part of the City?
A:

The City’s Emergency Services Department is well positioned to provide emergency services to the Rural Service Area. The strategic location of our Westgate Fire Station, current staffing, and equipment will meet response needs. Crews have tested radio communication and are educated in rural addressing. Response times have been tested in the Rural Service Area.

Q: How will the County be compensated?
A:

As is standard with annexations in Alberta, the City is compensating the County to assist the County transition from the loss of property tax revenue generated in the Rural Service Area.

The County will receive approximately $4.4 million in compensation over five years.

Year
Percentage of 2015
Municipal Tax Revenue 
Annual Payment 
1 100%
 $1,471,595
2 80%
 $1,177,276
3 60%
 $882,957
4 40%  $588,638
5 20%  $294,319
   Total Payment to the County
 $4,414,785


The City will also take over all existing debentures.

Debenture Purpose
Principal Balance
as of December 31st, 2015

RR 63 (Road)
$161,385
RR 60 (Road)
$297,297
RR 55 (Road)
$319,318
West Aqua Water Line
$58,163
Total
 $836,163
Q: How will land owners taxes be impacted?
A:

Landowners will continue to be taxed as if they were in the County for a period of 20 years (with an additional five-year phase-in) for non-farm properties and for 30 years (with an additional five-year phase-in) for farm properties.

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

1. Subdivision by, or on behalf of the landowner; except where the subdivision of one parcel of land (with or without a farmstead) is from an un-subdivided quarter section in use for farming purposes.

2. Rezoning by, or on behalf of the landowner; or

3. Local Improvement Bylaw to allow any parcel to connect to water or sewer where the Local Improvement Bylaw has part or complete funding from the City.

Q: What factors will not trigger an end to landowner tax protection?
A:

The following 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

Q: If I build a deck or a home addition will I lose tax protection?
A:

No. Development permits and/or building permits will not be a triggering event.

Both departments are located at the City Service Centre at 9505 - 112 Street.

Q: How will my land be zoned after annexation?
A:

In accordance with Municipal Government Act, the County of Grande Prairie’s Land Use Bylaw will continue to govern the newly annexed area until the City incorporates it into its Land Use Bylaw (LUB). This will occur through a formal amendment process, involving consultation with all landowners. A public hearing would be held by City Council prior to adopting any changes.

It is the City’s intention that when the newly annexed lands are incorporated into the City’s Land Use Bylaw, the regulations will allow for the same land uses and development standards as those currently provided for under the County of Grande Prairie LUB.

Owners within the Rural Service Area will be able to continue to use their land in the same manner they did before annexation.

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