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Alberta MLA voices bold opinion on Edmonton’s annexation bid

 Leduc-Beaumont MLA George Rogers is not holding back his feelings when it comes to Edmonton’s proposed annexation of a section of land in Leduc County, calling the bid “hostile.”

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City of Edmonton annexation information meetings.

CLARIFICATION

These meetings are by invite only.

-City of Edmonton Meetings (25 max people)

April 23, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm @ The Rabbit hill Baptist church

April 28, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm @ The Nisku Rec Center

STOP THE LAND GRAB

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The City of Edmonton has filed intent to annex 38,000 acres of prime Leduc County land under the guise of future growth needs –this equates to an area 1.5 times the size of the city of Red Deer.

Everyone has a right to grow, let’s achieve a solution that is beneficial to this entire region not just the city of Edmonton.

Say NO to the proposed annexation!

 

 

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    sharon maria said:
    April 19, 2014 at 4:33 am

    leduc County needs it’s own land -Beaumont need land for it”s growth ,it’s small and quiet –we don’t want Edmonton’s traffic ,noise or problems. I say no to Edmonton”s Annexation

    sarah cyre said:
    April 19, 2014 at 1:30 am

    I say NO to the annexing, Beaumont is a beautiful community in leduc county. The city of Edmonton is looking for a tax grab the farm land should be saved its an important part of our countys heritage.

    Shelly Jamha said:
    April 17, 2014 at 2:48 am

    I say no to the City of Edmonton, where do I sign, is there a petition in Thorsby?

    Chris Costello said:
    April 15, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Edmonton has enough!!!!!!! It is Leduc Counties time to shine.

    Lillian Young said:
    April 15, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    I definitely say NO!!! I love our communities just as they are; although we desparately need accessible apartments which are non-existent in Devon!!! Other than that, we have great communities; I’m definitely against Edmonton swallowing us up!!!

    Shaun Ridden said:
    April 14, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    I also oppose the City of Edmonton’s (land grab) annexation of Leduc County. It’s an obvious attempt to take over the EIA and the taxes within.

    Daniel said:
    April 12, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Edmonton has so much land in their own limits that is wasted!!! The only reason they are annexing the land is to get the airport and more tax revenue from all business in the nisku portion of the annex

    Edmonton is on bad financial state with poor infrastructure as it is. How can they actually think they will be able to sustain all these new homes when they are shutting down schools as it is!!!

    Gina said:
    April 12, 2014 at 3:33 am

    Grew up in Leduc, been here sice the age qf 13in 1975. And even tho I’ve moved away a couple times over the years,. I’ve been back living here since 1998! I “LOVE!” Leduc! THE AIRPORT IS OURS…AND NISKU! We are a rich city with this! It would be STUPID for us to cave in. NO PEOPLE…NO!

    R & D Monkman said:
    April 11, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    As far as we can see they are only after the revenue gained from the airport and Nisku industrial areas. They could go west toward Stony Plain!

    Wayne said:
    April 11, 2014 at 4:32 am

    We need to preserve our fertile farmland. Leduc and area have some of the best farmland in Alberta. I don’t want to see Leduc or area annexed by Edmonton. I don’t want to see our farmland turned into a concrete jungle. Furthermore, Port Alberta should not be built where currently planned. The soil on the east side of Hwy 2 is not as fertile as it is toward the west, so build businesses there in stead. The railroad and all the businesses are already on the east side of QEII so leave the west well enough alone as farmland. Alberta needs to start an agricultural land bank so we quit using up our fertile soil. This also goes for Leduc. They should not be allowed expand any further west than they have already gone, They can go east or south where the soil is not good anyway.

    Regina said:
    April 11, 2014 at 4:10 am

    I say NO to Edmonton annexing Leduc. I think Leduc, Devon and other small towns should officially reserve and preserve farmland to keep it from being industrialized. Furthermore, Leduc should annex the Edmonton International Airport.

    C. Panich said:
    April 10, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    No to annexation. Yes to a payroll tax on anyone living in Leduc County and working in Edmonton.
    Farmers are happy and urban freeloaders are made to pay their fair share for urban services..

    Harvey Heinz said:
    April 7, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    I say no to the City of Edmonton grabbing more land. They have many nieghborhoods that need to be refurbished and have opportunity to build up instead of paving over prime farm land. Where s Neil Young when we need him!

    Rod caissie said:
    April 6, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    This is just a game edmonton applied for twice as much as it wanted so the city and the province can look good when the get half leduc should file to annex the same amount of edmonton and we can meet in the middle game for game

    Ken Monahan said:
    April 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    I rather say NO to Edmonton. Edmonton is enough room… The land should belong Nisku and Leduc and Beaumont and Devon – all will grow more… As idea as Los Angela with surrounding cities. Edmonton North is still vacant then edmonton should use north… I believe Edmonton is not looking the land as only they need tax….thats all.

    Matthew said:
    April 6, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    My wife and I moved here from Edmonton because we wanted to live in a smaller, more quiet area and to be honest, we don’t like Edmonton living. Since we moved from Edmonton, we can’t say how much we’ve enjoyed living in Leduc. People are more friendly, little to no crime, quiet streets, much better roads, just to mention a few. We have no desire to support the annexation especially when you factor in what it will bring: more crime, poor infrastructure, HIGHER TAXES, and all the other demons that the City of Edmonton may bring with it. We want to keep our new home/town stress free and Edmonton free. We do not support annexation.

    Matthew Sloan said:
    April 4, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Im pretty sure that the City of Edmonton is not allowed to build houses on the land surrounding the EIA. Therefore my question would be “Why are you annexing the airport?” Nothing good will come out of this if Edmonton gets their way. The land is question should be left for those that are already in the county and need the land for their own growth. I say NO to the annexation.

    City of Edmonton said:
    April 4, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    We would like to thank the Leduc County Coalition for their interest in the series of small group meetings that the City of Edmonton is organizing for Leduc County landowners, and for engaging the residents of Leduc County in the discussion around the proposed annexation. Unfortunately, these meetings are not “open houses” as the Coalition has suggested.

    To clarify, these meetings are geared towards small groups of land owners with land in the proposed annexation areas. The City opted for groups of 25 people or less to ensure that everyone in attendance has an equal opportunity to engage with representatives and subject matter experts from the City of Edmonton. By keeping the attendance of these meetings lower, we can make sure that we can develop a productive dialogue with land owners as well as identify and respond to their questions and concerns. In the months and years to come, we will be organizing larger meetings that will be open to all interested residents of Leduc County as well as residents in the greater Capital Region. If Leduc County landowners with land within the proposed annexation areas wish to attend one of the listed meetings, please RSVP by calling us at 780-442-2294 or by emailing us at annexation@edmonton.ca

    We would be happy to arrange additional meetings if you would like a representative from the City of Edmonton to speak with your business, organization or small group about our proposed annexation you can also call us 780-442-2294 or email us at annexation@edmonton.ca.

    Megan B said:
    April 3, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Edmonton can go North, East or West. They are choosing to go South to piss on the communities of people who have chosen to NOT live in Edmonton. They also want to stop the growth of those communities as well.
    Edmonton is focusing on building more subdivisions while not caring about where the children that will live there will attend school. Perhaps Edmonton should focus on their schooling issues rather than taking over land of which they will run into the ground.

    Serena said:
    April 3, 2014 at 5:15 am

    I say NO to the annexation!

    Richard roberts said:
    April 2, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    I’m a growing member of leduc and feel it should still be it’s own entity

    angela said:
    April 1, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    I say no. I just moved here but that would be a major financial loss for this county. Agree that Edmonton can grow from within its current limits. How many lots in Edmonton are already not being used? I see a lot of wasted spaces and dead grass.

    Darrell L. E. Smith said:
    April 1, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    I moved to Leduc county for lower taxes and to get away from the city. I don’t want my taxes going up because the City of Edmonton and it’s politicians want land and money from us in Leduc County

    Gerard said:
    March 31, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    I say HELL NO !!!!!!

    Irene Reid said:
    March 30, 2014 at 12:21 am

    We need our land to accommodate our future !

    Lisa Genereux said:
    March 26, 2014 at 4:10 am

    Edmonton can’t properly manage the land it has now, financially or developmentally. It needs to leave the surrounding areas alone and work on managing what it is already responsible for.

    Calvin said:
    March 26, 2014 at 1:36 am

    Leduc, Beaumont and Devon are all developing new areas and rural subdivisions. This land is adjacent t0 our communities in this county and should be reserved for our growing communities.. Edmonton could still annex some land north, east, or west. SAY NO TO ANNEXATION…!!

    Jonathan said:
    March 26, 2014 at 12:10 am

    You know what this smells like?
    It smells like Edmonton is being a bully.
    You know how being a bully is such a big deal these days, and how that is so bad?
    And here Edmonton is being a bully on a professional level… pushing their weight around. If they were just in need of more land, then negotiate, don’t grab.
    And oh, we live in a democracy, don’t we?
    Yup.

    Betty said:
    March 22, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Edmonton had an airport, and decided they didn’t want it.
    Now they want another airport (and any adjacent land) to destroy. Corporate greed from a dirty, unappealing city at it’s finest.

    Mark Rehbein said:
    March 22, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Leduc County doesn’t need the land or the assessment. They are the richest municipality in the Capital Region. They have Nisku and Genesee, a power plant that is going to expand. They have tonnes of assessment. I think Leduc County should stop its whining and get out of the way of progress. Mark Rehbein

      Jean said:
      April 5, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      Who said this was progress. Its nothing more than a huge tax grab.

    mavis s. said:
    March 21, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Who will feed us when all the farmland is paved? It needs to stop before its too late.

    Tom Ausman said:
    March 20, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Back to the table.
    Edmonton should ask nicely for a 1/4 of that land to start and stay out of the airport and Nisku.

    Jim said:
    March 18, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    NO, Edmonton can`t take care of what they have now, it`s our land, simple as that

    Dave N said:
    March 17, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    I don’t normally listen to politicians because they are not interested in people only votes. This time though I vote NO to annexation.

    Gerard said:
    March 17, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    I vote no !!!!!

    Nathan Demchuk said:
    March 17, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Edmonton should stay where they are and not try to take leduc and leduc county. If you ask me edmonton needs to look at they don’t have the rightto do this and they should try doing this to sherwood park , st Albert spruce grove and it back fired on them so I say this edmonton is edmonton and leduc and leduc county is leduc county so on so forth what I am saying is edmonton stay out you do not have a place out here I say no

    Wendy Wagar said:
    March 14, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Edmonton has been chasing Leduc County tax dollars for years, they would love to annex the Airport & Nisku. Absolutely not. They can wrap it up & call it anything they want, it’s a tax grab.

    chelsea said:
    March 12, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    No. Simple as that.

      Dan said:
      March 16, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      I vote NO to Edmonton’s annexation of Leduc county land..
      There’s law’s against grabbing / stealing what doesn’t belong.
      Edmonton should stop over spending there City budget.
      Stop asking for Alberta money and live with in there means.
      If Edmonton needs land go North, BUT LEAVE LEDUC ALONE.

    Andrew said:
    March 12, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I say leave things the way they are. Edmonton is gonna self implode. I say NO to this movement!!!

    Challyn said:
    March 12, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    I say no!

    Linda Stuart said:
    March 12, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Say NO to the Edmonton land (TAX) grab!
    I am disgusted by the attempt to annex any land in Leduc County by Edmonton. This isn’t about growing Edmonton, it is about stealing tax dollars from the Airport region.
    Leduc County benefits from the Airport business and tax dollars it would be a foolish move to hand it over to a city that can not take care of it’s existing infrastructure, Just imaging how services will go down if this happens!

      Candice said:
      April 5, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      Totally agree!! Edmonton is just being greedy. They figure they take our financial assets and soon they can take us. Screw that!

    Dennis Carr said:
    March 12, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Edmonton already has a huge problem with urban sprawl. Look at the west end, west of the Anthony Henday.. Look at the south side, south of the Anthony Henday. They already have south to 41st Ave.. I am a resident of Beaumont and this would leave Beaumont very little room to grow west and east and if we cannot expand north where do we go. To grow south for Beaumont would mean going south of highway 625 which in the future will be a 4 lane highway. This highway is already part of the route for large equipment manufactured in Nisku and transported to the Oilsands project in northern Alberta. With the future pipeline that will carry oilsands crude to the Giulf coast highway 625 will only get busier. Do I really want that going through my community. When my wife and I chose to move our family to Beaumont in 1999 the population was 6700 residents and now it is over 13000. “Life is Better in Beaumont”, but not if we are being managed by Edmonton and have a 4 lane highway 625 right through the middle of it. We must stop Edmonton from the annexation. We need everybody opposed to this to speak out and not to be the silent majority. Now is the time to act.

    Chanel steele said:
    March 12, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    This is REDICULOUS!!! A definite NO!!!

    Reinhold Langner said:
    March 12, 2014 at 5:14 am

    Where does Edmonton’s appetite for expansion end? The city can’t properly service the land area it now has.. The surrounding counties are quite capable of dealing with the required growth, and should not be sitting as sacrificial goats for this ravenous beast whenever it decides it needs a new meal.. .

    Kim said:
    March 11, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    New York City has a census-estimated 2012 population of 8,336,697 distributed over a land area of just 302.64 square miles (783.8 km2). Edmonton has a census-estimated 2012 population of 817,498 distributed over a land area of of 264.24 sq. miles (684.4 km2). That being said I totally agree with everyone that Edmonton needs to grow up (in more ways than one) not out. Build more urban communities. As a tax payer of Leduc County I feel that, if this goes through, we should be compensated for the tax hike that will inevitably be added to our bill! Not every Leduc County and City resident relies on services in Edmonton. I agree with Will when he said that the “sprawl is gross”.

    Daniel Eggert said:
    March 11, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    I think this is a natural progression of the Edmonton Region. Considering that Counties in Alberta get subsidized from Edmonton & Calgary for things like above and below ground infrastructure, it only seems fair that either the tax & spend redistribution is amended, or the major cities are allowed to grow. While I love Leduc let’s be honest, it wouldn’t be thriving as it is without Edmonton. Circumstances change, so we have to change as well.

      Jean said:
      April 5, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      It is interesting that you only mention the counties getting subsidized for infrastructure. Cities get far more and you don’t have to look far to see what Edmonton is getting. Money for the Anthony Henday from the province, money for the LRT from the federal and provincial governments, looking for grants to build an arena. Money from the provincial and federal governments come from the taxpayers. Money from the taxpayers =subsidization and then you can look at amounts. When I drive into Edmonton(as little as possible) I see plenty of vacant land within the current boundaries. Edmonton should complete their in-fills before undergoing another massive land grab.

    Luke said:
    March 3, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    I don’t understand why they just don’t go north or west we are already to close to Edmonton.

    chris macdonald said:
    March 3, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    not a good idea, mark my words

    Daniel Waterhouse said:
    February 12, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    I dont like this at all

    Will said:
    February 10, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Edmonton can go suck it.
    Grow up not out.
    You want your kids to grow tall not fat, why should the city be different?
    Urban sprawl is gross. I look how much the city is expanding and i am disgusted by it.
    It litterally makes me angry every time i have to go there now.
    It is disgusting, and so are the people in charge.
    Eating up farm land for housing just raises the cost if food for everyone.
    People need to use their brains on this.

    Edmonton… Go f yourself in the a.

    Penny Benjamin said:
    January 26, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Don’t let Edmonton have our land. Leduc County and Leduc will loose out I’m every way.

    Shawn Raymond said:
    January 25, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Signing the petition because leduc is a small town and cNt handle this type of economic loss

    croper12 said:
    January 20, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    It’s obvious that sooner or later, Leduc is going to be a part of Edmonton. Though why are we getting penalized with tax hikes and utilities when we decided to move away from the city so that we could get away from Edmonton fees? I learned that Edmonton has way more land than New York city with 5 times less population. Edmonton needs to build from outside in instead the other way around. I understand everyone wants a fancy house with a big backyard, but pretty soon, Edmonton will grow bigger than it can support. Edmonton’s debt is growing, tossing their citizens under the bus per capita. Not only that but our projects keep stacking on like a game of Ganga. In due time, it will topple over and we’ll end up like Detroit. Hope city hall is looking deeply into this.

    Laurie Jordan said:
    December 25, 2013 at 10:30 am

    I am supporting agriculture & maintaining farmer’s & rancher’s land base. Alberta needs to be able to feed its population. I say no to annexation

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