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Beaumont brought forward to the Capital Region Board a new Municipal Development Plan (MDP), which lays out the general direction that the town will follow for development for the next 25+ years. Edmonton and five other communities blocked the MDP on the grounds that Edmonton can better service the nine quarter sections from TWP510 north to Beaumont’s northern corporate limit.
The Capital Region Board has made a decision and we respect the outcome. Naturally, we are disappointed. We believe our new Municipal Development Plan was an excellent plan that exceeded the requirements of the Capital Region Growth plan and the new Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan.
The land in question is part of the 21 quarter sections that Beaumont successfully annexed from Leduc County, effective Jan. 1, 2017.
The majority of communities in the region (18 of 24) supported Beaumont’s new MDP. While we had the majority of votes, we did not have the majority of the population. Edmonton’s population gives them the ability to veto CRB decisions.
While 18 municipalities voted to support Beaumont’s MDP, six communities, including Edmonton, did not. Although we had support from a majority of communities in the region, we did not have the population numbers. (A successful vote at the CRB requires approval of 2/3 of the communities and 2/3 of the population, so Edmonton always holds the power of veto.)
The new MDP took over two years to develop and represents hundreds of hours of residents’ and staff time spent preparing the document
We are moving ahead with an interim solution that will provide certainty for developers, builders and landowners. Going forward, we will revisit our options and work together with our regional partners to create a plan that meets the needs of Beaumont and that supports further regional cooperation.
Our goal is to continue working with the CRB member communities to build a strong and resilient region. Together, we can achieve seamless municipal boundaries through shared services, efficient infrastructure, and cooperative planning.
Further work on issue will be in the hands of the new mayor and council after the October 16 municipal election.
Edmonton blocked the MDP because it wants to annex Beaumont’s northern lands. Their intention is to force Beaumont into an agreement to allow Edmonton to formally annex the land from Beaumont.
Edmonton wants to create a “special study area” consisting of the nine quarter sections north of TWP510, to resolve the future servicing of the area.
No. The report was inaccurate. Edmonton blocked our Municipal Development Plan. That is all. They did not gain any land or additional jurisdiction.