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					Attachment G           Open House #3 Panels




Town of Chestermere Proposed Annexation -     16
Public Consultation Summary
September 2007
Open House Format

1. INDIVIDUAL DISCUSSION                            4:00 pm
2. PRESENTATION                                     5:00 pm
3. Q and A (moderated discussion)                   5:20 pm
4. INDIVIDUAL DISCUSSION                            6:00 pm
5. PRESENTATION (repeat)                            7:00 pm
6. Q and A (moderated discussion)                   7:20 pm – 8:00 pm




Chestermere Annexation Open House, April 19, 2007
 Joint Annexation Committee

  Town of Chestermere
  Dave Mikkelsen, Mayor
  Patricia Matthews, Deputy Mayor
  Ada Rawlins, Councillor
  Tim Reid, Councillor (Alternate)
  Judy Parry, Acting Chief Administrative Officer
  Craig Lawrence, Director of Planning and Development

  M.D. of Rocky View
  Al Schule, Reeve
  Lois Habberfield, Deputy Reeve
  Earl Solberg, Councillor
  Lorie Pesowski, Planning and Community Services Director
  Allison Williams, Long Range Planning Manager



Chestermere Annexation Open House, April 19, 2007
 Status of Annexation

      the Town of Chestermere issued a formal letter to the MD of
      Rocky View and the MGB in November 2005
      MD of Rocky View and Town of Chestermere held initial public
      meetings in May 2006
      Thirteen Joint Annexation Committee Meetings between March
      2006 and March 2007
      Public Open House for JAC’s revised annexation proposal held in
      January 2007. Public input an comments reviewed by JAC
      Second Public Open House meeting to present JAC’s annexation
      proposal – April 19, 2007, to present annexation agreement in
      principle




Chestermere Annexation Open House, April 19, 2007
  Next Steps in Annexation Process
  (tentative schedule)


                                          2007                                                       2008
                                          April   May   June   July   Aug   Sept   Oct   Nov   Dec   Jan    Feb
Open House (April 19 2008)
Prepare Annexation Agreement
Councils Ratify Agreement
Public Release of Draft Agreement
Councils Hold Public Meeting(s)
Submit Annexation Application to MGB
MGB Review (Public Hearing if required)
MGB and Cabinet Decision
Annexation Effective Date (January 1 2008)




   Chestermere Annexation Open House, April 19, 2007
Role of the Joint Annexation Committee, Councils and the MGB

     The Joint Annexation Committee consults with landowners and prepares
     a recommended annexation agreement based on the mutual interests of
     both Chestermere and Rocky View
     Chestermere and Rocky View Councils hold public hearing(s) and
     approve the annexation agreement. Neither Council has the final
     decision making authority on annexation matters.
     Once an annexation application has been submitted to the Province, the
     Municipal Government Board (MGB) notifies the parties and will hold a
     Public Hearing if objections are received. After the Hearing, the MGB
     submits a report to the Minister of Municipal Affairs
     The MGB will not add areas for annexation at the request of a landowner;
     landowners within a proposed annexation area can request that their
     lands be removed.
     The annexation decision is made by the provincial Cabinet (Lieutenant
     Governor in Council)



 Chestermere Annexation Open House, April 19, 2007
    Why Annexation?
•      The population of Chestermere has grown by 15 to 21% each year during the
       past 5 years and will continue at a high rate of growth during the next decade.
       Annexation will help the Town to comprehensively plan for new development
       necessitated by growth.
•      Rocky View, Chestermere and Calgary are all planning to
       accommodate growth in the east Calgary region.
       Comprehensive annexation reduces the need for                                 46,000
       numerous incremental annexations and helps adjacent
       municipalities and landowners to plan with more certainty.
•      Annexation helps to ensure that Chestermere continues to
       be responsive to local ratepayers, and supports a healthy                       forecast
       and competitive residential and business development
       environment.



                               5,712 6,861              7,904 9,564
       3,742 4,727


        2001       2002         2003
    Chestermere Annexation Open House, April 2004
                                             19, 2007                  2006
                                                        2005Projected population year-end 2005 2035
                                                            *
Proposed Annexation
West to the proposed future City of
Calgary boundary.
Northeast lands adjacent to Highway
1 and future interchanges at Hwy 1A                                northeast
and 791.
East to Highway 791 - a logical                     west
catchment area for future
infrastructure planning.
South of the railway including                                       east
important areas for intermunicipal
interface planning.
                                                           south
A “Joint Plan Area” is no longer
proposed for the northeast area.
Future development at municipal
boundaries in both jurisdictions will
be coordinated by policies to be
adopted as part of a new
Chestermere / Rocky View
Intermunicipal Development Plan.

Chestermere Annexation Open House, April 19, 2007
Intermunicipal
Context
West boundary abuts the
proposed future City of Calgary
boundary.
South boundaries abut the MD of
Rocky View’s proposed future
growth corridor.
East boundaries abut Hwy 791
and includes land that drains
toward the existing East Rocky
View Wastewater Utility line.
The proposed annexation
provides logical long-term
planning boundaries that are
coordinated with the interests of
adjacent municipalities.



 Chestermere Annexation Open House, April 19, 2007
Planning and
Development Process
An updated Municipal Development Plan and
a new Intermunicipal Development Plan will
determine generalized future land uses in
consultation with landowners.
New Master Infrastructure Plans will guide
and coordinate short and long term roadway
and utility requirements and phasing.
More detailed Area Structure Plans will be
prepared for future community cells. The
Town will initiate ASPs for areas with multiple
small residential acreages in order to identify
the character of future development desired
by existing owners.
Prior to water and sewer servicing, zoning
and subdivision plans are submitted by the
landowner/developer. Servicing costs are
paid by the developer. The timing for
submitting these applications is controlled by
the developer.

 Chestermere Annexation Open House, April 19, 2007
Joint Annexation Committee Issues
     Consider the interests of landowners and the public
     Negotiate proposed annexation boundaries
     Impacts on adjacent MD of Rocky View land and land
     uses
     Property tax implications for landowners and impacts on
     both municipalities
     Coordination of linear infrastructure including roads,
     stormwater, hard and soft services
     Other issues and concerns identified through public
     consultation
     Forward a recommended annexation agreement to both
     Chestermere and Rocky View Council for consideration




Chestermere Annexation Open House, April 19, 2007
Contact Information
Information from Newsletters and Open Houses can be found at the
following websites:
     www.town.chestermere.com
     www.rockyview.ca

For specific information please contact:
    Craig Lawrence at the Town of Chestermere at 207-7069
    (clawrence@chestermere.com), or
    Allison Williams at the MD of Rocky View at 230-1401.
    (awilliams@rockyview.ca).

The Joint Annexation Committee will continue to consider additional
information submitted in writing to:
     The Town of Chestermere: 105 Marina Road, Chestermere, AB. T1X 1V7.
     Fax: 207-2817.
     The MD of Rocky View. 911-32nd Avenue NE, Calgary, AB. T2E 6X6.
     Fax: 277-3066.

Chestermere Annexation Open House, April 19, 2007
Attachment H           Open House #3 Q & A Summary




Town of Chestermere Proposed Annexation -            17
Public Consultation Summary
September 2007
Town of Chestermere Open House #3
Question and Answer Sessions, 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm
April 19, 2007
103 people signed in

Q1    What happened to the Joint Planning Area immediately north of the proposed
      NE annexation area? (Harry Lillo)

A     Similar to other areas adjacent to the Town’s boundaries which have unique
      concerns, this area will be dealt with in the Intermunicipal Development Plan, a
      joint planning process between the MD and the Town. Following the IDP,
      more detailed planning for this area will be undertaken through a Conceptual
      Scheme planning process. There will be numerous opportunities for public
      involvement throughout both the IDP and the Conceptual Scheme process,
      including the opportunity to provide feedback at a Public Hearing of Council.


Q2    Will the NE industrial area be fully serviced with sewer and water? (Ray
      Blanchard – lives at south end of Chestermere Lake)

A     Yes, the NE industrial area will be fully serviced with water and sewer. There
      will be a wastewater tie-in to the MD’s new East Rocky View Wastewater Line
      that runs along the eastern edge of Chestermere. There will be no pump-out
      tanks associated with this industrial development. Chestermere currently
      sources all of its water from Calgary, and there is capacity to service new
      annexation areas.


Q3     Where does the Langdon sewage treatment plant discharge? (Patty Shannon –
      lives in “the nose”)

A     The Langdon sewage treatment plant discharges into Weed Lake located north
      of Langdon. This wetland is part of the South Saskatchewan river basin.
      Utilization of Weed Lake for wastewater for the NE industrial area will not
      impact the ecological health of this basin, which is strictly regulated by Alberta
      Environment.


Q4    Why is the Town initiating planning in some of the annexation areas (i.e. the
      pink areas on the map?)( Andrew Nelson – High Point Estates)

A     The Town will initiate planning in the annexation areas that have fragmented
      ownership, in order to facilitate the input and participation of residents so that



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     the plan for these areas reflects landowners’ values, ideas, and vision for the
     future.


Q5   Does the Town have any vision for Section 35? (Bruce Ramsay – lives in
     Chestermere and owns land on RR 283)

A    The Town has not made any decisions about future development within
     Section 35. Section 35 falls within the industrial corridor that extends eastward
     from Calgary. Both Calgary and the MD of Rocky View have lands within this
     corridor, and any planning for Section 35 will have to take into consideration
     the long-term plans of these adjacent municipalities.

     Future planning within this area will be undertaken as part of the Municipal
     Development Plan process as well as the Intermunicipal Development Plan
     process, both of which will provide numerous opportunities for public
     involvement.


Q6   How long will it take to get the road in front of his house paved? (Ray Blanchard
     - lives at the south end of Chestermere Lake)

A    There is currently an agreement between the developer and the MD. Hopefully
     the road will be paved this year.


Q7   If land becomes annexed, does that automatically mean it has to be develped?
     (Al Alberda – High Point Estates)

A    The timing of development of land that is annexed will be entirely at the
     discretion of the individual landowners. Those who want to continue farming
     are encouraged to do so. For those lands that are annexed, the property taxes
     will remain the same as in the MD for a period of 15 years, or until the land is
     subdivided.


Q8   What type of industrial businesses can we expect to see in Section 35? (Jocelyn
     – Chestermere Anchor)

A    Chestermere has an objective of encouraging and attracting all types of clean
     industrial businesses to locate within the Town in order to establish a solid
     assessment base that will enable the efficient and timely provision of services
     and amenities to residents.




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Q9     What would be a typical light industrial business? (Harry Lillo)

A      Unlike the trucking or pipeline businesses located along 84th street which is
       limited service with large outdoor storage, the type of clean industrial that
       Chestermere is looking to attract would be located on fully serviced, two acre
       lots with offices/bays. Examples of these businesses include office space for a
       local builder/developer, office/retail space for a fireplace distributor, or a local
       door manufacturer which makes the doors in the back of the building and uses
       the front of the building as retail space to sell the finished product.


Q10 If all the lands adjacent to my land are serviced, am I obligated to service my
       lands as well? (Bill Hunter – High Point Estates)

A      No one will be forced into servicing their lands. The Town is only interested in
       facilitating the discussion with landowners to determine what they would like
       to do on their lands.


Q11 If our land is annexed, are we obligated to get rid of our existing water wells?
       (Bill Hunter – High Point Estate)

A     Unless your current system poses a health risk, you will not be obligated to get
      rid of your existing water or sewer servicing. However, you will not be able to
      keep your existing servicing if you tie-in to the Town’s servicing.


Q12 How will development of annexation lands impact the Western Irrigation
       District (WID) canal? (Michelle Konschew)

A       The Town of Chestermere has an agreement with the WID including the
       amount and quality of water that goes into the canal as a result of
       development in Chestermere. This is strictly regulated by the WID, and
       Chestermere is obligated to ensure that all new developments have
       stormwater management plans that abide by these regulations. In
       conjunction with the WID, Chestermere will be working towards a regional
       solution for stormwater management.


Q13 Does the Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) process cover the entire
       annexation area or just a portion? (Murray Clayton)

A      The IDP will cover all of the annexation lands, as well as adjacent lands in the
       MD of Rocky View. The IDP process will start after the annexation boundary
       has been approved by the Municipal Government Board.


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Q14 If you build light industrial in Section 35, what will this do to property values in
       adjacent areas? (Tara Hechler – lives in Section 36)

A      Although it has not been determined yet what kinds of development will occur
       in Section 35, given the strong growth occurring in Chestermere and Calgary,
       the likelihood of property values being negatively impacted are minimal,
       particularly give the high quality, business-park type of light industrial that the
       Town is looking to attract.

       When planning for Section 35 is undertaken, there will be numerous
       opportunities for public involvement and direction for future development
       within this area.


Q15 Does the Town and the MD still have an IDP? (Monty Forrester – lives in north ½
       of Section 35)

A      No, all the land that was in the IDP was annexed in the last Chestermere
       annexation.


Q16 Why was Section 35 included in the annexation? (Monty Forrester)

A      In order to ensure that Chestermere establishes a solid assessment base, it is
       important to secure lands within the east Calgary/MD of Rocky View industrial
       growth corridor. Lands west of Section 35 were already part of the Calgary/MD
       of Rocky View agreement, so Section 35 was the next logical parcel for the
       Town to include in their annexation.


Q17 Is there a place that we can get a comprehensive listing of all the
       developments that are happening in the MD? (Bill Hunter – High Point Estates)

A      Much of the development that is happening in the MD is still at the Developer
       stage, and the MD doesn’t have any official information on these projects that
       it is able to make public until the Developer submits a land use application.


Q18 Is the Town annexing land to develop immediately? (Susan Copely – Eastridge
       Boulevard)

A      The Town is annexing land to accommodate future projected growth. There is
       no timeframe within which landowners are obligated to develop their land – it
       is totally up to the discretion of the landowner when and if they decide to
       develop.


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Q19 Why was Section 12 stuck in at the very end? (Susan Copely – Eastridge
      Boulevard)

A     This land consists of fragmented ownership and given that it is adjacent to the
      Town’s boundary, it makes sense to include it within the Town. It is part of a
      larger cell that is bounded by Highway 791 to the east that should logically be
      planned for a variety of new and existing land uses in a comprehensive
      manner.


Q20 Can an Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) be done before annexation is
      completed?

A     It isn’t possible to do an IDP prior to annexation, because it is not clear what the
      final annexation boundaries will be. Final annexation boundaries will be
      determined by the Municipal Government Board.


Q21 Has there been any efforts to look at a groundwater system to manage all the
      wells? (Val Weaver – High Point Estates)

A     Currently, there hasn’t been any planning for groundwater, however once
      annexation is completed this will be addressed in the Municipal Development
      Plan and Area Structure Plan planning processes.


Q22 What is the MD going to do about flooding in the Eastridge Estates area?
      (Tikisha Cooper – Eastridge Estates)

A     The MD is looking at this issue, and will have it resolved prior to submission of
      the annexation application to the Province.


Q23 How do you deal with Municipal Reserve (MR) land that gets annexed to
      Chestermere? Mike Cooper - Eastridge Estates

A     It is the Town’s intention to keep the MR lands as is. It is not the intention of
      the Town to sell MR to get cash-in-lieu for another project. Under the
      Municipal Government Act, there has to be a public hearing prior to selling MR
      land.




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Q24 Where can we get a list of MR land? (Bill Hunter)

A     The MD of Rocky View has a listing of the MR land.


Comments on annexation
1.    Unknown individual:

      1. The Town needs more high density units
      2. Residential lands are subsidized by other lands – this will impact the tax
         assessment and is why the Town needs to promote more intense use of the
         land
      3. No desire to be part of an urban development - not right to put residential
         development on open farmland

2.    Bill Hunter – High Point Estates:

      Represents 30 landowners within the High Point Estates. Has taken a poll of
      the residents in this area and 75% of the residents are not in favor of being
      annexed.


3.    Brent Holmes – Lives in Section 23:

      Wants Section 23 and 24 included in the annexation.




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Attachment I           Public Newsletters




Town of Chestermere Proposed Annexation -   18
Public Consultation Summary
September 2007
 CHESTERMERE
 TOWN OF




Newsletter No. 1
                 ANNEXATION


     !
                       YOU ARE INVITED TO THE TOWN OF CHESTERMERE’S
                       ANNEXATION PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE
                       Wednesday May 3, 2006
                       4PM to 8PM at the Chestermere Town Hall
                       105 Marina Road, Chestermere, AB T1X 1V7




       An proposed annexation and to solicitto provide information about
       the
           open house has been scheduled
                                             comments from landowners
           and the public. Your input will assist Council in understanding the
            issues that should be addressed during annexation discussions
             with the MD of Rocky View.
               A second newsletter and open house will be scheduled once
                the inter-municipal discussion process has been completed.
                  If you are unable to attend the Open House you can forward
                   your comments by mail or fax to (403) 207-2817. All
                     submissions will be copied to the MD of Rocky View.
                      For further information please call Craig Lawrence,
                        Town of Chestermere, at (403) 207-7069.
                                                                                 A
 PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE
INTENT TO ANNEX LAND
In November 2005, Town of Chestermere Council adopted a future growth strategy and notified
the MD of Rocky View of its intent to annex land. The Town will require additional land within its
boundary to accommodate future growth in an orderly and economical manner.
A Joint Town/MD Annexation Committee has been formed to commence annexation discussions.
The next step in the annexation process involves consultation with landowners and the general
public. An open house is planned to solicit comments and input. This input will be considered
by the Town in preparing a final annexation proposal.


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                                                Chestermere Annexation Proposal



                                                 3. Hall, 105 4PM >
                                   Wed. MayTown2006Marina Road8PM
                                     Chestermere
                           For fur ther information please call Craig Lawrence, Town of Chestermere at 207-7069
TOWN OF

CHESTERMERE ANNEXATION
              Open House Meeting / May 3, 2006


      COMMENTS

      I will not be able to attend the open house meeting on May 3rd, but would like the
      Town of Chestermere and the MD of Rocky View to consider the following
      comments:
      ____________________________________________________________________
      ____________________________________________________________________
      ____________________________________________________________________
      ____________________________________________________________________
      ____________________________________________________________________




      My interest in the proposed annexation is: (please check one of the following):

          Landowner within the area proposed for annexation (please specify legal
          description of land) ________________________________________________
          MD of Rocky View landowner adjacent to, or near the area proposed for
          annexation (please specify legal description of land)_____________________
          Other, resident of the Town of Chestermere
          Other, resident of the MD of Rocky View
          Other, please specify _______________________________________________




               I would like someone to contact me from the Town directly:

                  Name __________________________________________

                   Phone _________________________________________
                  TOWN OF CHESTERMERE
               ANNEXATION OPEN HOUSE NOTICE

The Town of Chestermere and the Municipal District of Rocky View Joint Annexation
Committee invites you to attend an open house regarding the Town’s application to
annex lands from the MD of Rocky View. This Notice is being sent to all landowners
located within the proposed annexation area as shown on the attached map, as well as
those landowners in the MD of Rocky View within 1 mile of the annexation boundary.
The annexation process commenced in November 2005 when the Town of
Chestermere submitted a Notice of Intent to Annex to the MD of Rocky View.
Subsequently, in May 2006 the MD of Rocky View Council and the Town of
Chestermere each held separate public meetings to receive comments from affected
landowners. Since November 2005 the Joint Annexation Committee has held 10
meetings and the proposed annexation area has expanded to address the long-term
urban growth requirements of the Town.
The Joint Annexation Committee wants to present the draft annexation boundaries and
the draft transition principles for public comment prior to finalizing the agreement. Note
that the Annexation Agreement is Proposed But Not Finalized. The open house will be
a “drop-in format” where representatives from the Town of Chestermere and the MD of
Rocky View will be in attendance to obtain input and answer questions about the
proposed agreement.

                                   PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE
             TIME:     Wednesday January 17th, 5:30 to 8:30 PM
           PLACE:      CHESTERMERE TOWN HALL
                       105 Marina Road

A map of the proposed area to be annexed to the Town is provided on the back side of
this notice. For clarity, please note that the proposed annexation area is shown in
orange tone. A copy of the proposed draft principles of agreement is attached to this
notice and can also be found on the Town of Chestermere web site:
                              www.town.chestermere.com
                                 www.rockyview.ca
Comments can be submitted on forms that will be provided at the Open House meeting.
Comments can also be submitted, no later than February 2, 2007, by mail or fax to:
The Town of Chestermere, 105 Marina Road, Chestermere, AB. T1X 1V7. Fax: 207-2817.
The MD of Rocky View. 911-32nd Avenue NE, Calgary, AB. T2E 6X6. Fax: 277-3066.

For more information please contact either Craig
Lawrence at the Town of Chestermere at 207-7069
clawrence@chestermere.com, or Allison Williams at
the MD of Rocky View at 230-1401.
awilliams@rockyview.ca

Prepared by the Joint Annexation Committee / December 2006
TOWN OF CHESTERMERE/ MD OF ROCKY VIEW JOINT ANNEXATION COMMITTEE
                                                                                                            NOVEMBER 2006



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                                                                                           PROPOSED ANNEXATION TO
                                                                                           THE TOWN OF CHESTERMERE
                                                                                           (PROPOSED, BUT NOT FINALIZED)
                                                                                           PROPOSED NORTHEAST
                                                                                           JOINT PLAN AREA
                    HIGHLIGHTS OF ANNEXATION PROCESS
                       AND PRINCIPLES OF AGREEMENT

                                 December 22, 2006


The Annexation Process
   The annexation process commenced in November 2005 when the Town of
   Chestermere submitted a Notice of Intent to Annex to the MD of Rocky View.
   Subsequently, in May 2006 the MD of Rocky View Council and the Town of
   Chestermere each held separate public meetings to receive comments from
   affected landowners.
   Since November 2005 the Town of Chestermere/ MD of Rocky View Joint
   Annexation Committee has held 10 meetings.
   The Joint Annexation Committee wants to present the proposed annexation
   boundary and principles of agreement for public input prior to finalizing the
   agreement.
   The Annexation Agreement is currently “proposed but not finalized”. The
   Committee is seeking feedback from affected stakeholders prior to finalizing
   an annexation agreement. There will be an additional opportunity at a later
   date to provide comments on a final annexation agreement.

Land Supply and Future Growth Corridors
   The proposed annexation area includes an estimated 35 year land supply for
   residential and employment land uses in the Town.
   The proposed annexation includes lands to the west, the south/southeast,
   and across Highway #1 to the northeast as shown in the attached map.
   The proposed annexation area recognizes lands to the south and west of the
   Town that are included in a separate agreement between the MD of Rocky
   View and the City of Calgary (i.e., the proposed Calgary/Rocky View Joint
   Plan Areas).
   Both Chestermere and Rocky View agree to plan for longer term growth
   corridors, beyond the lands contained in this annexation, in a future
   intermunicipal development plan process.

Joint Planning
   A future Chestermere – Rocky View Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP)
   will address, but will not be limited to, the following issues and opportunities
   for cooperation:


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December 4, 2006
       •   Identify intermunicipal roadways, coordinate alignments and adopt
           agreed upon design standards for intermunicipal roadways;
       •   adopt agreed-upon design guidelines to maintain visually attractive
           development along both sides of municipal boundary roads;
       •   adopt planning interface principles for lands that abut a municipal
           boundary;
       •   ensure the involvement of all adjacent landowners in planning for lands
           that abut a municipal boundary;
       •   cooperate to expedite the preparation of a regional stormwater
           management plan;
       •   cooperate to connect lands on the east side of Chestermere to the
           East Rocky View Wastewater Main wherever technically appropriate,
           and with the understanding that established MD of Rocky View levy
           rates will apply.

   Both municipalities agree to Joint Planning of the Northeast lands as shown
   on the proposed annexation map (Sections 13, 14, 23 and 24, Township 24,
   Range 28, W5M, all north and east of Highway #1). Joint planning will ensure
   that existing and future land use, roadway, pathway, and infrastructure
   policies promote coordinated and compatible development throughout this
   intermunicipal planning cell.

Property Tax
   •   All properties within the annexation area would be assessed on a Town
       basis but would continue to be taxed as if they remained in the rural
       jurisdiction for a period of 15 years (i.e., apply MD tax rate). These
       measures would remain in place until any one of the following triggers
       occur:
           o A 15 year sunset period;
           o Subdivision of a parcel less than 40 acres in size (both parent and
             created parcel) (except in the case of a new residential infill policy
             approved by Council);
           o Landowner initiated redesignation to a use other than agricultural or
             urban reserve (or its equivalent), or than existed upon annexation;
           o Improvements to the property effectively changing the use, or an
             improvement that is part of a local improvement project connection
             to urban utility servicing.
   •   Assessment continues to be under the Provincial market value system.
   •   Farm exemptions continue for 30 years.



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December 4, 2006
Land Use Transition
   •   Existing MD legal land uses and land use policies are “grandfathered”.
   •   Land currently designated as Ranch and Farm District will retain this
       designation until the landowner applies for urban development in
       accordance with Town policies.
   •   Agricultural uses can continue on annexed lands. The Town of
       Chestermere will contract with the MD of Rocky View to provide
       Agricultural Services (e.g., weed management, disease and pest control
       and consultation).
   •   Farmstead separation of 4 acres and existing farmhouse will continue to
       be allowed.
   •   Existing home occupations will be “grandfathered” and will be subject to
       existing MD of Rocky View rules until such time as the landowner applies
       for rezoning or resubdivision to allow for Chestermere urban development
       or connection to Chesteremere water or sewer services.
   •   Land currently designated as R-1 or R-2 will be redesignated to Direct
       Control District upon annexation. All existing development will be
       “grandfathered”. The Direct Control District will allow applications to be
       dealt with by Town Council until such time as an Area Structure Plan, or
       similar land use policy plan, is prepared in consultation with local
       landowners and approved by Town Council. The Area Structure Plan, or
       similar plan, will provide policies to guide future land use and subdivision,
       the provision of water and sewer services, and the potential for interim
       development prior to connection to water and sewer services.
   •   Extension of infrastructure, including water and sewer services, will be
       paid for by the landowners that benefit.
   •   Existing Calgary-Chestermere Area Structure Plan (CCCASP) policies will
       continue to apply until such time as these policies are reviewed and
       amended by the Town in association with a full public consultation
       process.
   •   Ongoing or pending development applications will be based on the
       relevant MD land use policies but will follow the Town’s process with
       respect to circulation, timing and approval process, and the principles of
       this annexation agreement.
   •   The Town will update its Municipal Development Plan immediately after
       the proposed annexation is approved by the Province. The Municipal
       Development Plan will be undertaken with public consultation and will
       establish boundaries for future Area Structure Plans or similar plans for




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       existing rural residential acreage areas (e.g., Paradise Road, Lake Ere,
       Lansdowne, High Point).
   •   The Town will prepare an Area Structure Plan, or similar plan for existing
       rural residential acreage areas. Cost of preparing the plan and consulting
       with residents will be “front-ended” by the Town and recovered through
       appropriate pro-rata charges applied to future development or
       infrastructure in these areas.


Other Transition Principles
   •   The Town will contract with the MD to continue to maintain roads to the
       same standard as the MD.
   •   School issues will be addressed by the school boards. School
       designations are not expected to change as a result of annexation.
   •   The MD will facilitate the transfer to the Town of any municipal reserve
       and environmental reserve lands that exist within the annexation territory.
   •   The annexation area is proposed to include all “Boundary Roads” except
       Range Road 282 south of Township Road 240. Conrich Road and Peigan
       Trail/Township Road 240 will require a mutually beneficial management
       agreement to be included in a future intermunicipal development plan.

Next Steps (dates in brackets are tentative targets dates)
   •   Public Open House meeting on January 17th 2007
   •   Final Annexation Agreement (February 2007)
   •   Release of Final Draft Agreement to Landowners (March 2007)
   •   Public Open House meeting regarding Proposed Annexation Agreement
       (March 2007)
   •   Public Hearings of Town of Chestermere and MD of Rocky View Councils
       (March 2007)
   •   Chestermere application to the Municipal Government Board (April 2007)
   •   MGB review process (April-May 2007)
   •   Anticipated annexation decision (May 2007). Request annexation be
       backdated to an effective date of January 1, 2007.




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December 4, 2006
           TOWN OF CHESTERMERE ANNEXATION
                PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE
                                          April 2007


The Town of Chestermere and the Municipal District of Rocky View Joint Annexation Committee
invites you to attend a Public Meeting regarding the Town’s application to annex lands from the
MD of Rocky View. This Notice is being sent to all landowners located within the proposed
annexation area as shown on the attached map, as well as those landowners in the MD of
Rocky View within 1 mile of the annexation boundary.
The annexation process commenced in November 2005 when the Town of Chestermere
submitted a Notice of Intent to Annex to the MD of Rocky View. Subsequently, in May 2006 the
MD of Rocky View Council and the Town of Chestermere each held separate public meetings to
receive comments from affected landowners. On January 17, 2007 the Joint Annexation
Committee hosted an open house meeting at the Town of Chestermere Municipal Building to
present a revised annexation proposal and to receive comments from affected landowners and
the public.
In response to the public input received to date, the Town of Chestermere has attached a
document entitled “Frequently Asked Questions and Answers”. You may also wish to review
the document “Highlights of Annexation Process and Principles of Agreement” which was
distributed with the January 2007 newsletter and is available on the Town or the MD website.

A Public Meeting will be held on Thursday April 19th, 2007 to allow the Joint Annexation
Committee to respond directly to issues and concerns raised by affected landowners and the
public. A presentation will be given by representatives from the Town of Chestermere
and the MD of Rocky View at 5 PM and again at 7PM.

                                      PUBLIC MEETING
                  TIME:    Thursday April 19, 2007
        OPEN HOUSE:        4 pm to 8 pm
    PRESENTATIONS:         5pm and again at 7pm
               PLACE:      PRINCE OF PEACE COMMUNITY HALL
                           Southwest corner of Highway #1 (16th Ave) and Garden Road

A map of the proposed area to be annexed to the Town is attached to this notice. For clarity,
please note that the proposed annexation area is shown in orange tone. Additional information
can be found at www.town.chestermere.com or at www.rockyview.ca. For more information
please contact:
Craig Lawrence at the Town of Chestermere at 207-7069 (clawrence@chestermere.com), or
Allison Williams at the MD of Rocky View at 230-1401. (awilliams@gov.mdrockyview.ab.ca).

The Town of Chestermere: 105 Marina Road, Chestermere,
AB. T1X 1V7. Fax: 207-2817.
The MD of Rocky View. 911-32nd Avenue NE, Calgary, AB.
T2E 6X6. Fax: 277-3066.
Frequently Asked Annexation Questions and Answers
The following information addresses the key questions and concerns that were brought
forward by landowners following the Chestermere Annexation Open House held on January
17th 2007. Information is also provided in response to a number of common questions
concerning annexation. The answers and explanations that follow are general in nature.
Should you have a more specific question, please contact the Town of Chestermere or the
M.D. of Rocky View:
Craig Lawrence, Town of Chestermere
Phone: 207-7069 Email: clawrence@chestermere.com

Allison Williams, MD of Rocky View
Phone: 230-1401 Email: awilliams@gov.mdrockyview.ab.ca


1.      What is annexation?
Annexation is a change in jurisdiction from one municipality to another. It is not a change in
ownership and does not necessarily facilitate immediate development.

2.      What is the proposed boundary?
The proposed annexation areas have been tentatively agreed upon by the Town of Chestermere / MD
of Rocky View Joint Annexation Committee as a result of a negotiated process. The boundary was
previously presented at the January 17, 2007 Open House. The boundary is shown as the orange
coloured area on the Proposed Annexation map.

3.      Why is Chestermere growing?
With the fastest growing economy in Canada, the strong growth in Alberta is resulting in rapid growth
in all sizes of communities in Alberta, from large cities to small communities. The Town of
Chestermere’s population has grown by 148% over the past five years, going from 3,856 in 2001 to
9,564 in 2006. This makes Chestermere among the fastest growing municipalities in Canada.
Available land within the Town’s boundary represents less than a 3 year supply to accommodate
future growth. Over the next 30 years, the Town of Chestermere is anticipated to grow to 47,415
residents.
Chestermere is a highly desirable location with the fast-growing Calgary Economic Region and is
becoming increasingly attractive due to its recreational lifestyle opportunities, convenience to
regional employment areas, and direct access to the Calgary ring road system which is expected to be
operational north of Highway 1A by 2009.

4.      Why is the Town annexing land?
The Town needs to secure land now to accommodate short and long-term growth effectively in the
future while maintaining local autonomy and representation, improving the character of
development, and improving the quality of services for existing and future residents. Roads, water,
sewer and storm servicing need to be planned and budgeted for well in advance of actually needing
this infrastructure so it can be provided in the most cost-efficient manner possible – we need to avoid
last minutes “fixes” that typically result in costly budget overruns. The land acquired in the Town’s last
annexation only accommodated 10 years growth, and not the 30 years growth that was anticipated.
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Annexation of land helps to ensure a healthy and competitive residential and business development
marketplace.

Annexation to accommodate and plan for growth over the long term is a key part of Chestermere’s
growth management strategy. Planning for future growth will result in more comprehensive
development; more efficient provision of infrastructure and services, and a more sustainable mix of
land uses within the community.

5.      What is planned for the annexation areas?
Most of the proposed annexation areas will eventually be developed with general urban residential
and local commercial land uses in response to market demand. As Chestermere grows toward a
population of 47,415 people during the next 30 years it will also be necessary to provide land for
employment uses. Employment uses ensure that residents have an opportunity to work close to
home and to access necessary services locally. Local employment uses will minimize the demands on
the regional roadway system and associated air emissions. Local employment uses also contribute
significantly to the local tax base. A healthy assessment base, comprised of both residential and non-
residential uses can be used to provide improved recreational and public services to residents and/or
to maintain lower property taxes for residents.

6.      Why do we need land for business and clean light industrial development?
Sustainable communities are communities where residents can live, work and play.
Property taxes from residential development alone do not provide enough funding to pay for all the
infrastructure and services that Chestermere residents will require. Development of general business
uses (including clean, light industrial) contributes a higher proportion of property taxes than
residential uses, thus enabling the Town to provide an improved level of services to Town residents
and/or to maintain taxes at more reasonable levels for all residents. Communities large and small
across Alberta are facing increasing financial challenges in providing a basic level of services to
residents. To help offset the rising costs of service provision, one of the few viable solutions
communities have is to strive to increase their general business (including clean light industrial) tax
base.

Existing Chestermere Municipal Development Plan (MDP) policy states that the Town will attract
“clean light industry”. The Town will not allow old-fashioned “smoke stack” industry or obnoxious
industries that have off-site odour, noise or other impacts. Comprehensive planning will allow the
Town to develop high quality campus-style business areas including features such as:
          Generous site landscaping and berming
          Roadway access that is separate from residential access roadways
          Architectural controls
          Parks and pathways




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It is anticipated that at least three areas will be identified as future business areas to serve the long
term population of the Town. Appropriate business locations include lands northeast of Highway #1,
lands in the west growth corridor, and lands in the south part of the annexation area where the MD of
Rocky View plans to accommodate a future industrial growth corridor along Glenmore Trail under a
separate Annexation Agreement with the City of Calgary.

Urban non-residential uses (including clean, light industrial) have changed significantly in recent
years. As a result of the Kyoto Accord and other related changes in global thinking about the
environment, businesses are rethinking their operations in terms of how they impact the
environment. In addition to businesses becoming more environmentally friendly, there is also an
increasing amount of development that is providing for more integration of employment uses,
commercial services, and residential land uses. Not only are these developments more
environmentally-friendly, but they create “complete”, sustainable communities where residents can
live, work and play.

7.      What land uses are planned for Section 35?
The Town of Chestermere has not determined specific locations for various land uses as part of this
annexation application.

Future land uses will be determined through a subsequent planning process that will be undertaken
following approval of the new Town boundaries. These plans include an update of the Town of
Chestermere Municipal Development Plan (MDP), and preparation of a new Intermunicipal
Development Plan (IDP). The IDP would be prepared and adopted jointly by both Chestermere and
Rocky View. It is a high level plan that addresses common issues and encourages coordinated
development at the interface between the two jurisdictions through measures such as cooperation,
physical buffering, information referrals and public consultation. Both the MDP and the IDP plans can
best be prepared after the Town and the MD know what the new jurisdictional boundaries will be.
Both plans will be prepared with consultation and input from residents, landowners and the public.

8.      How will the increase in traffic be handled in and around the annexation areas?
Annexation primarily brings undeveloped lands into the jurisdiction of the Town to accommodate
short, medium and long-term urban growth. The Town has already started the process of preparing a
long-range Transportation Master Plan to identify the comprehensive hierarchy of roads that will be
required to accommodate future traffic volumes, connect to the future regional highway system, and
integrate with roads in adjacent municipalities including the MD of Rocky View and the City of
Calgary. The road system will be upgraded over time as in accordance with the Transportation Master
Plan as development occurs.

9.      How will the rural country “feel” be protected after annexation?
Annexation is about changing municipal jurisdictions. It is not about immediate development,
although planning for development will occur in some areas soon after annexation. Until planning
and subdivision occur, lands will remain in their present natural state, in agricultural use, or as existing
country residential and acreage neighbourhoods.

As roadways and piped water and sewer services are extended to new areas, it becomes feasible to
consider what type of residential infill development may be appropriate in order to offset the costs of
extending these services into existing country residential and acreage residential areas. Any new
development that does occur will evolve over a period of time and through numerous levels of
planning. A local area plan will be required prior to any new development in an area. This local area
plan will ensure that any new development is compatible with existing homes and land uses. All


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affected landowners will have numerous opportunities to provide their input into the type of new
development that occurs.

10.    What happens to the existing MD of Rocky View planning policies and zoning in
       the proposed annexation areas?
The bylaws and resolutions of the M.D. of Rocky View that are in place for proposed annexation areas
would continue to be respected and enforced after these lands are annexed to the Town. Town
Council may change these bylaws but would only do so following a public consultation process and a
formal Public Hearing of Town Council. The Town intends to maintain existing Rocky View zoning for
Agricultural lands in order to ensure that agricultural uses continue until the landowner applies for a
change of zoning to allow for Town development. The Town intends to “grandfather” MD of Rocky
View rules with respect to home occupations to ensure these businesses can continue to operate after
annexation. The Town expects that existing country residential and acreage residential properties
(generally those designated R1 or R2 under the current MD of Rocky View Land Use Bylaw) will be
redesignated after annexation to a new District that will allow for the existing parcel sizes and lands
uses until such time as a local area plan has been prepared that defines the type of urban
infrastructure that will be required to serve the area in the future. The Town is committed to prepare
plans for these existing country residential and acreage residential areas in consultation with local
landowners within a reasonable timeframe following annexation.

11.    What will happen to existing agricultural land and farming operations after
       annexation to the Town?
When annexation occurs, it is the Town’s intention to see farming continue as long as possible until
such time as roadways and water and sewer infrastructure are extended to the area and the
landowner chooses to apply for urban development. In many cases, development may not occur for
many years after annexation, so farming operations will also continue for the long term in the Town.
The Town intends to “grandfather” existing Rocky View agricultural zoning rules to protect existing
agricultural operations until such time as the landowner chooses to apply for urban development.
The proposed Annexation Agreement allows for the Town to contract with the MD of Rocky View for
continuation of existing Agricultural Services (e.g., weed management, pest control, and general
consultation).

12.    Will my property taxes go up after annexation?
Property taxes are determined based on market value assessment and a tax rate that is set by the local
municipality. After annexation, the property would continue to be assessed as it is today under the
Provincial market value assessment system. The Town of Chestermere will continue to provide
existing Farm exemptions for a period of 30 years after annexation, and would apply MD of Rocky
View tax rates to annexed property for a period of 15 years or until such time as the owner effectively
applies to change the use to an urban uses as represented by one of the following landowner
applications:
       the landowner applies for subdivision of a parcel less than 40 acres in size;
       the landowner initiates a land use redesignation (rezoning) application to a new use other
       than agriculture or a new use other than that which existed at the time of annexation;
       the landowner changes the use of the property to an urban use and/or connects to urban
       utility servicing.

13.    Will I get sewer and water after annexation?
As urban development occurs within the Town’s boundaries, this development must be serviced by
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are planned and approved as urban development occurs and in accordance with the Town’s servicing
master plans. It may take a number of years for servicing to be brought to the vicinity of some lands
brought into the Town through annexation. Existing rural water and sewer services (generally private,
on-site services) would continue after annexation until the local area is planned for alternative urban
uses in consultation with local landowners, and until servicing trunk lines are extended.

Existing country residential and acreage subdivisions that are annexed to the Town will have an
opportunity to connect to Town water and sewer services once the provision of such services
becomes economically viable. The extension of urban infrastructure services are paid for by the
developing lands that benefit from the services. These services normally become economic once
these services are extended to the general vicinity by other landowner/developers. Alternatively, the
extension of urban infrastructure is also triggered if a landowner applies for subdivision. Prior to
servicing of existing country residential and acreage neighbourhoods that are annexed to the Town of
Chestermere, the Town will prepare a local area plan in consultation with residents. The local area
plan (normally called an “Area Structure Plan”) will define the type of future development that is
compatible with existing residences, the desired future population levels, guidelines to ensure
coordinated future subdivision patterns, and the appropriate level of infrastructure to serve this type
of development.

14.     Where will the Town get the additional water and sanitary sewer capacity to
        service additional development?
The Town provides water and sewer services through agreement with the City of Calgary. The Town
has sufficient water supply to service development planned through 2010. The Town is currently
updating its agreement with the City to increase its water supply to supply development beyond
2010. The Town is also in the process of finalizing plans for a new regional sanitary sewer connection
that is expected to connect from a new super sanitary lift station that is being built at the south end of
the Rainbow Falls neighbourhood to the City of Calgary’s new Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment
Plant. Lands in proposed annexation that drain logically toward the east are proposed to connect to
the existing East Rocky View Wastewater Main, located at Highway 791.

15.     What are the benefits of annexation to landowners whose land is brought into
        Chestermere?
The benefits to landowners within an annexation area vary from the short term to the longer term. In
the short term future, landowners will be consulted in the preparation of longer term plans that will
bring more certainty regarding the future use of lands, the future roadway system and provision of
utility services. The Town and the MD intend to work cooperatively to provide a range of services
including library, emergency services, roadway maintenance, family and community services and
recreation services to residents of Chestermere and the MD. The ability to connect to urban sewer
and water services and the opportunity for urban development can be expected in accordance with
logical phasing of urban roadway and utility infrastructure.

16.     How will the current sour gas activities in the annexation be impacted?
Current gas activities in the proposed annexation area involve non-sour gas and potential low level
sour gas pipelines. These activities are regulated by the province through the Alberta Energy and
Utilities Board. Municipalities are asked to provide comments on applications for new gas facilities.
The proposed gas activities will be regulated by the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board in accordance
with EUB standards to ensure and protect public safety. These standards are not expected to limit the
future development potential of lands within the proposed annexation area.




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      PROPOSED ANNEXATION TO THE TOWN OF
    CHESTERMERE FROM THE M.D. OF ROCKY VIEW
            PUBLIC HEARING NOTICES

The Town of Chestermere and the Municipal District of Rocky View Joint Annexation Committee
has completed the negotiation process regarding the Town’s application to annex lands from the
MD of Rocky View. This Notice is being sent to all landowners located within the proposed
annexation territory as shown on the attached map, as well as those landowners in the MD of
Rocky View within 1 mile of the annexation boundary. Included for your information is a copy of
the Principles of Agreement document which has been developed as part of the negotiation
process.
The annexation process, based on the results of a Growth Study prepared for the Town,
commenced in November 2005 when the Town of Chestermere submitted a Notice of Intent to
Annex to the MD of Rocky View. Since that time, the Joint Annexation Committee has met
regularly and a number of opportunities have been provided to allow public input to the
annexation process. The most recent public meeting was held on April 19, 2007 at the Prince of
Peace Community Hall.
The final opportunity for public input at the local municipal level will be at Public Hearings to be
held by each Municipal Council on September 12, 2007. Subsequent to the Public Hearings and
satisfactory resolution of any outstanding matters, The Town of Chestermere will be submitting
a formal annexation application to the Provincial Municipal Government Board. The Municipal
Government Board may also hold a Public Hearing on the annexation, depending on public
response.


                                ANNEXATION PUBLIC HEARINGS
                  DATE:      Wednesday, September 12, 2007
   M.D. of Rocky View        1:30 P.M. in the Rocky View Council Chambers
              Council
 Town of Chestermere         7:00 P.M. in the Chestermere Council Chambers
             Council

A map of the proposed area to be annexed to the Town is attached to this notice as well as the
final Principles of Agreement. For clarity, please note that the proposed annexation area is
shown in orange tone. Additional information can be found at www.chestermere.ca or at
www.rockyview.ca. For more information please contact:
Craig Lawrence at the Town of Chestermere at 207-7069 (clawrence@town.chestermere.com),
Allison Williams at the MD of Rocky View at 230-1401. (awilliams@rockyview.ca).

The Town of Chestermere: 105 Marina Road, Chestermere,
AB. T1X 1V7. Fax: 207-2817.
The MD of Rocky View. 911-32nd Avenue NE, Calgary, AB.
T2E 6X6. Fax: 277-3066.


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JULY 2007
                          PRINCIPLES OF AGREEMENT

TOWN OF CHESTERMERE ANNEXATION FROM THE M.D. OF ROCKY VIEW

                                     July 30, 2007


   1. Land Supply
   The proposed annexation area includes an estimated 35 year land supply for
   future residential and employment land uses within the Town.
   The proposed annexation includes lands to the west, the south/southeast,
   and across Highway #1 to the northeast as shown in the attached map.

   2. Intermunicipal Development Plan and Future Growth Corridors
   A future Chestermere – Rocky View Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP)
   will be jointly prepared by the Town and the Municipal District and will include
   land within both jurisdictions. The IDP will be completed within two years of
   the date that a Provincial decision on the annexation is announced and will
   include a public consultation process. The IDP will address, but will not be
   limited to, the following issues and opportunities for cooperation:
       •   identify intermunicipal roadways, coordinate alignments and adopt
           agreed upon design standards for intermunicipal roadways;
       •   adopt agreed-upon design guidelines to maintain visually attractive
           development along both sides of municipal boundary roads;
       •   adopt planning interface principles for lands that abut a municipal
           boundary;
       •   ensure the opportunity for involvement of all adjacent landowners in
           planning for lands that abut a municipal boundary;
       •   cooperate to expedite the preparation of a regional stormwater
           management plan;
       •   cooperate to connect lands on the east side of Chestermere to the
           East Rocky View Wastewater Main wherever technically appropriate,
           and with the understanding that established MD of Rocky View levy
           rates will apply;
       •   Conrich Road and Peigan Trail/Township Road 240 will require a
           mutually beneficial management agreement to be included in a future
           intermunicipal development plan;




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       •   both Chestermere and Rocky View agree to plan for longer term
           growth corridors, beyond the lands contained in this annexation, in a
           future intermunicipal development plan process;
       •   address connectivity of open space and pathway systems between the
           two municipalities;
       •   the Intermunicipal Development Plan will recognize lands to the south
           and west of the Town that are included in a separate agreement
           between the MD of Rocky View and The City of Calgary (i.e. the
           proposed Calgary/Rocky View Joint Plan Areas.); and
       •   participation by the City of Calgary will be requested with particular
           reference to the anticipated common municipal boundary between the
           Town of Chestermere and the City of Calgary.


   3. Assessment and Taxation
   To minimize potential taxation impacts on M.D. residents and business
   owners within the Annexation Territory, the M.D. and the Town have agreed
   to a number of assessment and taxation conditions.
   All properties within the Annexation Territory will be assessed within the
   Town’s jurisdiction using the Market Value Assessment System but will be
   taxed using the lowest applicable mill rate of either the M.D. or the Town. The
   applicable mill rate will be determined on an annual basis and this approach
   to taxation will continue for a period of 15 years or until any one of the
   following triggers occur:
   •   A 15 year sunset period ending December 31, 2022 if the effective date of
       annexation is January 01, 2008 (to be adjusted if effective annexation date
       is later);
   •   Landowner initiated redesignation to a use other than agricultural or urban
       reserve (or its equivalent), or other than as permitted by a land use
       designation in effect at the time of annexation;
   •   Improvements to the property effectively changing the use, or an
       improvement that is part of a local improvement project connection to
       urban utility servicing;
   •   A direct connection to either Town of Chestermere piped water or sanitary
       sewer service; and
   •   Farm exemptions as they apply to the assessment of farm buildings (not
       including the farm house) will continue for 30 years until December 31,
       2037 if the effective date of annexation is January 01, 2008 (to be
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   4. Land Use Transition
   To assist in the transitional period following annexation, the following
   principles affecting both Land Use Bylaws and land use policies have been
   agreed to by the Town and the M.D.


   Definition of “Grandfathering” of Legal Land Uses:
   Any legal land use under the M.D. of Rocky View’s Land Use Bylaw at the
   time of annexation can be “grandfathered” under the Town of Chestermere’s
   Land Use Bylaw by making such uses discretionary. The use can continue as
   a legal land use but any expansion of the use is discretionary. A discretionary
   use may be refused if the use does not fit with surrounding uses.
   •   Existing legal land uses under the M.D. of Rocky View’s Land Use Bylaw
       can continue after annexation. If redesignation occurs under the Town of
       Chestermere’s Land Use Bylaw, existing legal uses will become
       discretionary uses (will be “grandfathered”).
   •   Land currently designated as Ranch and Farm District will be
       redesignated to a new Rocky View Ranch and Farm District under the
       Town of Chestermere’s Land Use Bylaw. Affected properties will retain
       this designation until the landowner applies for urban development in
       accordance with Town policies.
   •   Agricultural uses can continue on annexed lands. The Town of
       Chestermere may contract with the MD of Rocky View to provide
       Agricultural Services (e.g., weed management, disease and pest control
       and consultation).
   •   Farmstead separation of 4 acres and an existing farmhouse will continue
       to be allowed.
   •   Existing home occupations can continue and will be subject to existing
       M.D. of Rocky View rules until such time as the landowner applies for
       redesignation under the Town of Chestermere’s Land Use Bylaw. Any
       redesignations will allow existing home occupations to continue as
       discretionary uses (will be “grandfathered”).
   •   Land currently designated as R-1 or R-2 under the M.D. of Rocky View’s
       Land Use Bylaw will be redesignated to an appropriate District under the
       Town of Chestermere’s Land Use Bylaw upon annexation. All existing
       legal land uses will become discretionary uses (will be “grandfathered”) .
       The new District will allow applications to be dealt with by Town Council
       until such time as an Area Structure Plan, or similar land use policy plan,
       is prepared in consultation with local landowners and approved by Town
       Council. The Area Structure Plan, or similar plan, will provide policies to
       guide future land use and subdivision, the provision of water and sewer


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       services, and the potential for interim development prior to connection to
       water and sewer services.
   •   Subdivision will continue to be allowed in accordance with the MD of
       Rocky View Land Use Bylaw designation existing at the time of
       annexation.
   •   Extension of infrastructure, including water and sewer services, will be
       paid for by the landowners that benefit.
   •   Existing Calgary-Chestermere Corridor Area Structure Plan (CCCASP)
       policies will continue to apply until such time as these policies are
       reviewed and replaced by new policies under the Town’s jurisdiction in
       association with a full public consultation process.
   •   Ongoing or pending development applications will be based on the
       relevant MD land use policies and Land Use Bylaw but will follow the
       Town’s process with respect to circulation, timing and approval process,
       and the principles of this annexation agreement.
   •   The Town will update its Municipal Development Plan after the proposed
       annexation is approved by the Province. The Municipal Development
       Plan will be undertaken with public consultation and will establish
       boundaries for future Area Structure Plans or similar plans for existing
       rural residential acreage areas (e.g., Paradise Road, Lake Ere).
   •   The Town will prepare an Area Structure Plan, or similar plan for existing
       rural residential acreage areas. Cost of preparing the plan and consulting
       with residents will be “front-ended” by the Town and recovered through
       appropriate pro-rata charges applied to future development or
       infrastructure in these areas.


   5. Other Transition Principles
   •   The Town will continue to maintain roads within the Annexation Territory
       to the same standard as the M.D.
   •   School issues will be addressed by the school boards. School District
       Boundaries are not expected to change as a result of annexation.
   •   The MD will facilitate the transfer to the Town of any municipal reserve
       and environmental reserve lands that exist within the Annexation Territory.
   •   The annexation area is proposed to include all “Boundary Roads” .




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Attachment J           Notice of Special Meeting




Town of Chestermere Proposed Annexation -          19
Public Consultation Summary
September 2007
Attachment K           Notice of Public Hearings




Town of Chestermere Proposed Annexation -          20
Public Consultation Summary
September 2007
      PROPOSED ANNEXATION TO THE TOWN OF
    CHESTERMERE FROM THE M.D. OF ROCKY VIEW
            PUBLIC HEARING NOTICES

The Town of Chestermere and the Municipal District of Rocky View Joint Annexation Committee
has completed the negotiation process regarding the Town’s application to annex lands from the
MD of Rocky View. This Notice is being sent to all landowners located within the proposed
annexation territory as shown on the attached map, as well as those landowners in the MD of
Rocky View within 1 mile of the annexation boundary. Included for your information is a copy of
the Principles of Agreement document which has been developed as part of the negotiation
process.
The annexation process, based on the results of a Growth Study prepared for the Town,
commenced in November 2005 when the Town of Chestermere submitted a Notice of Intent to
Annex to the MD of Rocky View. Since that time, the Joint Annexation Committee has met
regularly and a number of opportunities have been provided to allow public input to the
annexation process. The most recent public meeting was held on April 19, 2007 at the Prince of
Peace Community Hall.
The final opportunity for public input at the local municipal level will be at Public Hearings to be
held by each Municipal Council on September 12, 2007. Subsequent to the Public Hearings and
satisfactory resolution of any outstanding matters, The Town of Chestermere will be submitting
a formal annexation application to the Provincial Municipal Government Board. The Municipal
Government Board may also hold a Public Hearing on the annexation, depending on public
response.


                                ANNEXATION PUBLIC HEARINGS
                  DATE:      Wednesday, September 12, 2007
   M.D. of Rocky View        1:30 P.M. in the Rocky View Council Chambers
              Council
 Town of Chestermere         7:00 P.M. in the Chestermere Council Chambers
             Council

A map of the proposed area to be annexed to the Town is attached to this notice as well as the
final Principles of Agreement. For clarity, please note that the proposed annexation area is
shown in orange tone. Additional information can be found at www.chestermere.ca or at
www.rockyview.ca. For more information please contact:
Craig Lawrence at the Town of Chestermere at 207-7069 (clawrence@town.chestermere.com),
Allison Williams at the MD of Rocky View at 230-1401. (awilliams@mdrockyview.ca).

The Town of Chestermere: 105 Marina Road, Chestermere,
AB. T1X 1V7. Fax: 207-2817.
The MD of Rocky View. 911-32nd Avenue NE, Calgary, AB.
T2E 6X6. Fax: 277-3066.


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JULY 2007
                          PRINCIPLES OF AGREEMENT

TOWN OF CHESTERMERE ANNEXATION FROM THE M.D. OF ROCKY VIEW

                                     July 30, 2007


   1. Land Supply
   The proposed annexation area includes an estimated 35 year land supply for
   future residential and employment land uses within the Town.
   The proposed annexation includes lands to the west, the south/southeast,
   and across Highway #1 to the northeast as shown in the attached map.

   2. Intermunicipal Development Plan and Future Growth Corridors
   A future Chestermere – Rocky View Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP)
   will be jointly prepared by the Town and the Municipal District and will include
   land within both jurisdictions. The IDP will be completed within two years of
   the date that a Provincial decision on the annexation is announced and will
   include a public consultation process. The IDP will address, but will not be
   limited to, the following issues and opportunities for cooperation:
       •   identify intermunicipal roadways, coordinate alignments and adopt
           agreed upon design standards for intermunicipal roadways;
       •   adopt agreed-upon design guidelines to maintain visually attractive
           development along both sides of municipal boundary roads;
       •   adopt planning interface principles for lands that abut a municipal
           boundary;
       •   ensure the opportunity for involvement of all adjacent landowners in
           planning for lands that abut a municipal boundary;
       •   cooperate to expedite the preparation of a regional stormwater
           management plan;
       •   cooperate to connect lands on the east side of Chestermere to the
           East Rocky View Wastewater Main wherever technically appropriate,
           and with the understanding that established MD of Rocky View levy
           rates will apply;
       •   Conrich Road and Peigan Trail/Township Road 240 will require a
           mutually beneficial management agreement to be included in a future
           intermunicipal development plan;




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       •   both Chestermere and Rocky View agree to plan for longer term
           growth corridors, beyond the lands contained in this annexation, in a
           future intermunicipal development plan process;
       •   address connectivity of open space and pathway systems between the
           two municipalities;
       •   the Intermunicipal Development Plan will recognize lands to the south
           and west of the Town that are included in a separate agreement
           between the MD of Rocky View and The City of Calgary (i.e. the
           proposed Calgary/Rocky View Joint Plan Areas.); and
       •   participation by the City of Calgary will be requested with particular
           reference to the anticipated common municipal boundary between the
           Town of Chestermere and the City of Calgary.


   3. Assessment and Taxation
   To minimize potential taxation impacts on M.D. residents and business
   owners within the Annexation Territory, the M.D. and the Town have agreed
   to a number of assessment and taxation conditions.
   All properties within the Annexation Territory will be assessed within the
   Town’s jurisdiction using the Market Value Assessment System but will be
   taxed using the lowest applicable mill rate of either the M.D. or the Town. The
   applicable mill rate will be determined on an annual basis and this approach
   to taxation will continue for a period of 15 years or until any one of the
   following triggers occur:
   •   A 15 year sunset period ending December 31, 2022 if the effective date of
       annexation is January 01, 2008 (to be adjusted if effective annexation date
       is later);
   •   Landowner initiated redesignation to a use other than agricultural or urban
       reserve (or its equivalent), or other than as permitted by a land use
       designation in effect at the time of annexation;
   •   Improvements to the property effectively changing the use, or an
       improvement that is part of a local improvement project connection to
       urban utility servicing;
   •   A direct connection to either Town of Chestermere piped water or sanitary
       sewer service; and
   •   Farm exemptions as they apply to the assessment of farm buildings (not
       including the farm house) will continue for 30 years until December 31,
       2037 if the effective date of annexation is January 01, 2008 (to be
       adjusted if the effective date of annexation is later).




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   4. Land Use Transition
   To assist in the transitional period following annexation, the following
   principles affecting both Land Use Bylaws and land use policies have been
   agreed to by the Town and the M.D.


   Definition of “Grandfathering” of Legal Land Uses:
   Any legal land use under the M.D. of Rocky View’s Land Use Bylaw at the
   time of annexation can be “grandfathered” under the Town of Chestermere’s
   Land Use Bylaw by making such uses discretionary. The use can continue as
   a legal land use but any expansion of the use is discretionary. A discretionary
   use may be refused if the use does not fit with surrounding uses.
   •   Existing legal land uses under the M.D. of Rocky View’s Land Use Bylaw
       can continue after annexation. If redesignation occurs under the Town of
       Chestermere’s Land Use Bylaw, existing legal uses will become
       discretionary uses (will be “grandfathered”).
   •   Land currently designated as Ranch and Farm District will be
       redesignated to a new Rocky View Ranch and Farm District under the
       Town of Chestermere’s Land Use Bylaw. Affected properties will retain
       this designation until the landowner applies for urban development in
       accordance with Town policies.
   •   Agricultural uses can continue on annexed lands. The Town of
       Chestermere may contract with the MD of Rocky View to provide
       Agricultural Services (e.g., weed management, disease and pest control
       and consultation).
   •   Farmstead separation of 4 acres and an existing farmhouse will continue
       to be allowed.
   •   Existing home occupations can continue and will be subject to existing
       M.D. of Rocky View rules until such time as the landowner applies for
       redesignation under the Town of Chestermere’s Land Use Bylaw. Any
       redesignations will allow existing home occupations to continue as
       discretionary uses (will be “grandfathered”).
   •   Land currently designated as R-1 or R-2 under the M.D. of Rocky View’s
       Land Use Bylaw will be redesignated to an appropriate District under the
       Town of Chestermere’s Land Use Bylaw upon annexation. All existing
       legal land uses will become discretionary uses (will be “grandfathered”) .
       The new District will allow applications to be dealt with by Town Council
       until such time as an Area Structure Plan, or similar land use policy plan,
       is prepared in consultation with local landowners and approved by Town
       Council. The Area Structure Plan, or similar plan, will provide policies to
       guide future land use and subdivision, the provision of water and sewer


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       services, and the potential for interim development prior to connection to
       water and sewer services.
   •   Subdivision will continue to be allowed in accordance with the MD of
       Rocky View Land Use Bylaw designation existing at the time of
       annexation.
   •   Extension of infrastructure, including water and sewer services, will be
       paid for by the landowners that benefit.
   •   Existing Calgary-Chestermere Corridor Area Structure Plan (CCCASP)
       policies will continue to apply until such time as these policies are
       reviewed and replaced by new policies under the Town’s jurisdiction in
       association with a full public consultation process.
   •   Ongoing or pending development applications will be based on the
       relevant MD land use policies and Land Use Bylaw but will follow the
       Town’s process with respect to circulation, timing and approval process,
       and the principles of this annexation agreement.
   •   The Town will update its Municipal Development Plan after the proposed
       annexation is approved by the Province. The Municipal Development
       Plan will be undertaken with public consultation and will establish
       boundaries for future Area Structure Plans or similar plans for existing
       rural residential acreage areas (e.g., Paradise Road, Lake Ere).
   •   The Town will prepare an Area Structure Plan, or similar plan for existing
       rural residential acreage areas. Cost of preparing the plan and consulting
       with residents will be “front-ended” by the Town and recovered through
       appropriate pro-rata charges applied to future development or
       infrastructure in these areas.


   5. Other Transition Principles
   •   The Town will continue to maintain roads within the Annexation Territory
       to the same standard as the M.D.
   •   School issues will be addressed by the school boards. School District
       Boundaries are not expected to change as a result of annexation.
   •   The MD will facilitate the transfer to the Town of any municipal reserve
       and environmental reserve lands that exist within the Annexation Territory.
   •   The annexation area is proposed to include all “Boundary Roads” .




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APPENDIX 1:
ANNEXATION AGREEMENT




APPENDIX 2:
TOWN OF CHESTERMERE
COUNCIL MINUTES




APPENDIX 3:
MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF ROCKY VIEW
COUNCIL MINUTES




APPENDIX 4:
PUBLIC CONSULTATION PROGRAM




APPENDIX 5:

TOWN OF CHESTERMERE
GROWTH STUDY




APPENDIX 6:
FORMAL INITIATION




APPENDIX 7:
BACKGROUND REGARDING
INTERMUNICIPAL COOPERATION



APPENDIX 8:
HISTORY OF OVERLAPPING
ANNEXATION INTERESTS:
THE TOWN OF CHESTERMERE AND
THE CITY OF CALGARY
Town of Chestermere
Overview of Growth Study, March 2007
The Town of Chestermere is currently managing a very high rate of growth while
strong growth throughout the Calgary Economic Region is also creating significant
development interest in lands surrounding the Town. The prospect of continued high
rates of regional growth and growth pressures on the Town’s current boundaries
require that the Town define a longer term growth strategy for the next 30 to 50 years.


Growth Study Highlights:

          •   Annual population growth rates during recent years have ranged
              between a low of 15% to a high of 32% during a single year. Based on
              StatsCanada 2006 data, the Town of Chestermere grew from 3,856
              people in 2001 to 9,564 people in 2006, a five-year growth rate of 148%.

          •   The Town of Chestermere is projected to grow from 9,564 persons in
              2006 to 47,415 by 2036. This represents average growth rates of
              approximately 18% per year during the first 10 years, 5% per year for
              the next 10 years, and 2% per year for the last 10 years. The Town is
              projected to be home to approximately 62,500 people in 50 years.

          •   At the forecast growth rate of approximately 18% per year for the 10
              year period 2006-2016, all available developable land within the
              existing Town boundary can be expected to be built out within three
              years.

          •   The total amount of land required to accommodate projected 30-year
              population growth, 2006-2036, is 4,007 acres or 25 quarter sections
              (existing developable land supply of 717 acres has already been
              deducted).

          •   The lands recommended for annexation contain 5,692 acres (35.5
              quarter sections) of unfragmented agricultural land suitable for
              development at urban density levels.

          •   This annexation would accommodate the projected growth
              requirements of the Town of Chestermere for an estimated 35 years,
              based on a 2008 effective annexation, without considering the potential
              infill development that may occur on existing rural residential lots
              contained within the annexation area.
March 2007 Update Report




                       town of chestermere




growth study                                         March 2007




  prepared by The Town of Chestermere Annexation Committee
  with Brown & Associates Planning Group
Town of Chestermere Growth Study / March 2007 Update Report




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table of contents
1.0        Introduction ............................................................................................................. 1
           1.1         Background............................................................................................ 1
           1.2         Purpose.................................................................................................. 2
           1.3         Organization of Report ........................................................................... 2

2.0        Population Projection & Land Requirements ..................................... 3
           2.1         Historical Growth.................................................................................... 3
           2.2         Population Projection ............................................................................. 6
           2.3         Growth Management Policies ................................................................ 7
           2.4         Existing Land Inventory and Anticipated Build-Out .............................. 10
           2.5         Land Requirements.............................................................................. 12

3.0        Proposed Growth Areas ..............................................................................14
           3.1         Intermunicipal Planning Considerations............................................... 14
           3.2         Municipal Infrastructure........................................................................ 17
           3.3         Sustainable Mix of Residential and Non-Residential Land Uses ......... 19
           3.4         Proposed Annexation Areas ................................................................ 20

4.0        Next Steps in the Annexation Process .............................................. 26
           4.1         What are the Main Steps in the Annexation Process?......................... 26
           4.2         How Are Landowners Involved in the Annexation Process?................ 27
           4.3         What Factors are considered by the Municipal Government Board?... 30

Tables
Table 1:      Historical Population Growth ....................................................................................... 3
Table 2:      Calgary Region and Town of Chestermere Population Projections............................ 6
Table 3:      Existing Land Use Inventory (November 2005) ........................................................ 10
Table 4:      Assumptions Regarding Future Land Requirements ................................................ 12
Table 5:      Summary of Land Requirements............................................................................... 13
Table 6:      Municipal Infrastructure Evaluation……………………………………… ………… .. .17
Table 7:      Land Requirements and Proposed Annexation Area................................................ 23

Figures
Figure 1: Context Map ................................................................................................................ 4
Figure 2: Airphoto ....................................................................................................................... 5
Figure 3: Existing Land Use Policies.......................................................................................... 9
Figure 4: Vacant Land Inventory (November 2005) ................................................................. 11
Figure 5: Existing Regional Context ......................................................................................... 15
Figure 6: Intermunicipal Context............................................................................................... 16
Figure 7: Proposed Growth Areas............................................................................................ 21
Figure 8: Proposed Growth Areas in Local Context ................................................................. 22

Attachments
Attachment 1: Land Statistics for Proposed Growth Areas
Attachment 2: The Annexation Process




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1.0 Introduction

1.1      Background
The Town of Chestermere is currently managing a very high rate of growth
while strong growth throughout the Calgary Economic Region is also creating
significant development interest in lands surrounding the Town. Both the MD
of Rocky View and the City of Calgary are planning to accommodate future
growth on lands immediately abutting the existing Town of Chestermere
boundaries. The purpose of this Growth Study is to identify lands that are most
suitable for accommodating short-term and longer term anticipated growth of
the Town. The Town requires a long-term growth strategy in order to:
      a) accommodate anticipated growth;
      b) secure its own long-term identity and development potential through
         appropriate growth management planning; and,
      c) respond appropriately to regional growth and development beyond its
         own boundaries.

The Town of Chestermere has been studying future growth requirements for
several years. A previous study entitled Town of Chestermere Growth
Analysis, by Southwell Trapp and Associates Ltd. (June 2005) was released
during the fall of 2005 and posted on the Town’s website for public viewing. In
November 2005, Town Council adopted “Growth Scenario A” from the
Southwell Trapp report as the preferred growth strategy for purposes of public
and intermunicipal consultation. In the face of increasing development interest
in lands surrounding the Town, on November 9, 2005 the Town sent a formal
letter of “Intent to Annex” lands based on “Growth Scenario A” to the Municipal
District of Rocky View, the Alberta Municipal Government Board, and the City
of Calgary. This letter provided public notice of the Town of Chestermere’s
interest in future expansion, particularly with regard to the important west
growth corridor identified in the Southwell Trapp Growth Analysis (June 2005)
report.

In February 2006, the Town’s growth strategy was reviewed in cooperation with
Brown and Associates Planning Group. At that time, it was concluded that, the
prospect of continued high rates of regional growth and growth pressures on
the Town’s current boundaries required that the Town define a longer term
growth strategy for the next 30 to 50 years. The February 2006 Growth
Strategy was adopted by resolution of Council as a basis for intermunicipal
annexation discussions with the MD of Rocky View. This study confirmed the
annexation areas identified in the earlier Southwell Trapp study and concluded
that additional lands to the south of the existing Town boundary would be
required to protect land for the longer term growth needs of the Town.




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The future growth areas recommended in this report have been determined
following twelve meetings of the Town of Chestermere / MD of Rocky View
Joint Annexation Committee and two public open house meetings. Subject to
future public review and input from landowners it is anticipated that this study
will provide the basis for an annexation application to be submitted to the
Municipal Government Board.

1.2       Purpose
The purpose of this report is provide an update to the June 2005 growth study
that will clearly outline the Town of Chestermere’s proposed growth strategy
and provide specific supporting information required for the intermunicipal
negotiation, public consultation, and provincial review stages of the annexation
process. In particular, this report will:
      •   Provide a population projection for the Town of Chestermere;
      •   Identify the amount of land required to accommodate future population
          growth;
      •   Update the 2005 Growth Study with respect to the broader
          intermunicipal and regional context; and
      •   Provide the rationale for the currently proposed Chestermere annexation
          boundaries as prepared by the Town of Chestermere / MD of Rocky
          View Joint Annexation Committee.


1.3       Organization of Report
This report commences in Section 2.0 with a review of historical and projected
population growth in the Town of Chestermere. Population growth and
associated land requirements are estimated for a 30 year period and for a long
term future period (approximately 50 years).

Section 3.0 reviews lands surrounding the Town and identifies proposed
growth corridors based on considerations including intermunicipal land use
policies, municipal infrastructure, and providing for a mix of residential and non-
residential land uses. This section refers to previous work undertaken by the
Town in 2005. It identifies a preferred growth strategy and an updated
annexation boundary proposal that reflects the discussions held by the
Chestermere / Rocky View Joint Annexation Committee.

Section 4.0 provides general information about the annexation process, the
role of the Alberta Municipal Government Board and the role of intermunicipal
negotiation and public consultation within the annexation process. This
information is advisory in nature and intended for the use of interested
stakeholders who have not been directly involved in a previous annexation
process.



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2.0 Population Projection                           &     Land Requirements

2.1     Historical Growth
Chestermere was a Summer Village until incorporated as a Town in 1993.
The Town remained relatively small until commencement of the Lakeside
Greens residential and golf community in the early 1990’s. Lakeside Greens
demonstrated the strong demand for homes in a unique lakeside community
with good connections to the regional freeway system and proximity to jobs in
the City of Calgary.

In 1995, the Town of Chestermere annexed 1,373 gross acres (936
developable acres) of land to accommodate 30-year growth. At that time, the
Town expected to grow from 1,603 people in 1994 to 9,000 people by 2025.
This proved to be a significant underestimation of the Town’s growth
requirements. By 2006 the actual population of the Town was 9,564 persons
(Statistics Canada) and based on building activity since 2006 the population is
currently well over 10,000 persons.


The Town’s recent growth to a                 Table 1: Historical Population Growth
2006 census population of 9,564                   Year       Population    % Change
people is described in Table 1.                   1999         2,552          ----
Annual population growth rates                    2000         3,358         32%
during recent years have ranged                   2001         3,856         15%
between a low of 15% to a high of                 2002         4,727         23%
32% during a single year. These                   2003         5,712         21%
growth rates demonstrate the                      2004         6,861         20%
remarkably strong and consistent                  2005         7,904         15%
demand for housing in the Town.                   2006         9,564         21%

Statistics Canada released 2006 federal census information in March 2007
showing that the Town of Chestermere had grown from 3,856 people in 2001
to 9,564 people in 2006, a five-year growth rate of 148%.

The current Town boundary is illustrated in Figures 1 and 2. Figure 1
illustrates the location of the Town of Chestermere within the MD of Rocky
View context and with respect to the current City of Calgary boundaries to the
west. Figure 2 provides an airphoto showing the existing Town and
surrounding lands within the MD of Rocky View.




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 CITY OF
CALGARY
           FUTURE EAST FREEWAY




                                                            Figure 1
                                                       CONTEXT MAP
                                 TOWN OF CHESTERMERE GROWTH STUDY


                                          BROWN & ASSOCIATES PLANNING GROUP
                                                                  January 2006
 31            32       33       34               35             36                 31




 30            29       28       27               26             25                 30



            HWY 1



 19            20       21       22               23             24                 19




18             17       16                        14             13                 18



            HWY 1A



 7             8        9                        11             12                   7




 6                 5    4        3                2                  1               6
                                      CNR




             CNR



 31            32       33       34               35                 36             31
                                                                          791
                                                                          HWY




               29                27               26             25                 30
 30                     28



                             GLENMORE TRAIL/ HWY 560


 EXISTING INTERCHANGE
                                                                                   Figure 2
 HIGHWAY ROAD NETWORK
 TOWN BOUNDARY                                                                  AIRPHOTO
                                            TOWN OF CHESTERMERE GROWTH STUDY


                                                       BROWN & ASSOCIATES PLANNING GROUP
                                                                               January 2006
   Town of Chestermere Growth Study / March 2007 Update Report




   2.2      Population Projection
   Table 2 describes anticipated future population growth in the Town of
   Chestermere.

   The Town of Chestermere population projection is rooted in the City of
   Calgary’s “high” growth population forecast for the Calgary Economic Region
   (CER). The high growth population forecast is the most prudent estimate for
   purposes of growth planning in order to avoid future land constraints.


Table 2: Calgary Region and Town of Chestermere Population Projections
                                                  30-YEAR PROJECTION                            LONG-TERM
                                       2006           2016     2026                 2036           2056

Calgary Economic Region (1)
City of Calgary Pop'n                     962,275     1,144,853     1,356,487      1,506,122         1,819,644
Rest of Region Pop'n                      202,362       286,674       362,157        403,278           487,227
Calgary Economic Region Pop'n           1,164,637     1,431,527     1,718,644      1,909,400         2,306,872


Town of Chestermere (2)
Number of People                             9,564       26,426        40,013         47,415             62,526
Average Annual Growth Rate (calculated)                  17.6%          5.1%           1.8%               1.6%

Percent of "Rest of Region" Growth (forecast)               20%          20%            20%                  20%
Percent of Calgary Region Growth (calculated)                6%           5%             4%                   4%

2006 to 2016 Growth                                      16,862
2016 to 2026 Growth                                                    13,587
2026 to 2036 Growth                                                                    7,402
2036 to 2056 Growth                                                                                      15,111

1. Calgary Economic Region and City of Calgary population forecast from "Calgary's Shifting Socio-Economic
2. Brown and Associates projection based on 20% of "Rest of Region".




   The forecast anticipates that the Town will accommodate approximately 20% of
   “Rest of Region” population growth. “Rest of Region” is the total population
   growth within the Calgary Economic Region that is located outside the City of
   Calgary. The boundaries of Chestermere are expected to be contiguous with
   the City of Calgary pending current annexation proposals by both
   municipalities. The corridor between Calgary and Chestermere is expected to
   be a high growth regional development corridor within the next decade.
   Therefore, the Town will be an important focal point for future regional growth.



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Based on these assumptions, the Town of Chestermere is projected to grow
from 9,564 persons in 2006 to 47,415 by 2036 (i.e., during the next 30 years).
During the first ten year period (i.e., 2006 – 2016) this represents average
growth of 17.6% per year. Beyond ten years, the forecast anticipates a growth
rate of 5.1% through 2026, followed by slower growth rates in the range of 1.6
to 1.8% per year beyond 2026. The Town is projected to be home to
approximately 62,500 people in about 50 years. Strategic growth
management planning is a long-term process. A 30-50 year projection
provides a good long-term basis for growth management planning purposes.


2.3       Growth Management Policies
The Chestermere Municipal Development Plan (MDP) was approved by
Council in December 1999. The MDP sets out policies that are intended to
guide growth, development and redevelopment within the current Town
boundaries. The Town’s growth management policies can determine the
character of future growth within the Town and the amount of land that will be
required to accommodate future growth needs. Generalized MDP land use
policy for all lands within the Town boundary is illustrated in Figure 3.
Key policies of the MDP that affect the form of future growth include the
following:
      •   Maintain the primarily residential and recreational nature of the
          community;
      •   Develop a “Town Centre” area as a focal point and gathering place for
          the Town;
      •   Encourage a mix of residential unit types throughout the community;
      •   Accommodate a target density of 4.8 to 5.3 units per acre as an average
          throughout new communities;
      •   Attract clean light industry to planned business parks in order to provide
          a more balanced residential to non-residential tax assessment base
          within the Town;
      •   Incorporate continuous parks and pathway systems throughout the
          Town and investigate the feasibility and timing for major indoor
          recreation facilities;
      •   Work toward establishing a collector roadway link between east and
          west Chestermere at the south end of the lake;




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    •   Work with the MD of Rocky View to establish how the roadway system
        surrounding the Town may be effectively used as growth continues;
    •   Work with the Rocky View School Division and private or contracted
        service providers to ensure provision of effective services that meet
        community needs;
    •   Maintain the distinctive urban/rural character of the community
        environment by protecting agricultural lands until needed for urban
        development, protecting drainage courses and Chestermere Lake,
        protecting clean air, and creating appropriate buffers between major
        roadways and residential areas.

A number of the goals and policies of the1995 MDP are now in the process of
being met. The core of a new Town Centre area includes a major grocery
store, retail stores and a new Municipal Building. Area Structure Plans have
been adopted for most of the remaining “greenfield” developable lands within
the Town. A wide range of new housing types including condominium
apartment projects are being built throughout the Town.

The Town has been less successful to date in attracting a non-residential
assessment base. Regional growth will continue to provide opportunities for
the Town to attract non-residential developments where lands are available
with characteristics that are well-suited to the market (e.g., excellent truck
access, separation from residential areas).




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2.4     Existing Land Inventory and Anticipated Build-Out
Table 3 provides a statistical summary of land that is already developed and
land that remains for future development within the Town boundary by
generalized land use category as of November 2005. Figure 4 illustrates the
lands that remain available for future development within the existing Town
boundaries as of November 2005.


Table 3: Existing Land Use Inventory (November 2005, Acres)
      Land Use           Developed          Developable                   Total

Residential                 1,198                646              1,844            94%
Commercial                   50                  23                 73              4%
Industrial                    0                   48                48              2%
Total (1)                   1,248                717              1,965           100%

1. Areas exclude Highway 1A, Chestermere Lake, and major power rights-of-way.




It is useful to note that 1,248 acres of existing developed land in Chestermere
represents 130 acres per 1,000 people (1,248 acres / 9,564 people * 1000).
Applying this same density standard to all land within the current Town
boundary indicates that the Town’s existing total area of 1,965 gross
developable acres can be expected to accommodate a population of 15,115
people (1,965 acres / 130 acres * 1,000). At the forecast growth rate of 17.6%
per year all available developable land within the existing Town boundary can
be expected to be built-out within three years.




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2.5       Land Requirements
The analysis of future land requirements is based on assumptions about the form
and type of future development that will occur in the Town. These assumptions
are taken from a number of sources including the Town’s current MDP policies,
typical “standards” of provision in other urban centers, and judgments about the
Town’s ability to attract non-residential land uses within a competitive regional
market. These assumptions are briefly explained below in Table 4.

TABLE 4: Assumptions Regarding Future Land Requirements *
                              Average household size of 2.5 persons.
                              Average density of 5 units per gross acre. Note that this standard
      Residential             includes local parks, schools, roads, convenience retail and other land
                              uses normally found within a residential neighbourhood.

                              Provides for 20 acres of clean industrial land for each 1,000 persons of
                              new growth. This compares with an existing rate of industrial land
       Industrial
                              provision of approximately 30 acres per 1,000 people in Airdrie, 25
                              acres per 1,000 in Red Deer, and 16.5 acres per 1,000 in Cochrane.
                              Non-convenience or “general” retail goods and services are typically
                              provided in General Commercial areas. This study uses a typical
      Commercial              standard of 35 sq.ft. of general commercial floorspace per capita. This
                              is equivalent to approx. 4 acres per 1,000 persons at suburban retail
                              density levels.
                              This study adds 20% of the calculated residential, industrial, and
                              commercial lands to accommodate a broad range of other land uses
                              including institutional, public and quasi-public facilities, freeways,
 Other Land Uses              regional parks, vacant land, major stormwater ponds, drainage
                              systems, and land held off the market and unavailable for development
                              at any particular time.

* Assumptions in Table 4 are used for purposes of this Growth Study only and are intended to be conservative in in order
to ensure sufficient land is available for future growth under a variety of different development scenarios. Town policies
regarding future land use and density of development will be determined through a review of the Council approved
Municipal Development Plan to be undertaken with public consultation immediately following Provincial approval of new
Town boundaries.




Using the factors from Table 4, Table 5 describes projected land requirements to
accommodate 30-year and long-term (approximately 50-year) growth of the
Town to 47,415 people and 62,526 people respectively.

As described in Table 5, the total amount of land required to accommodate
projected 30-year population growth will be 4,724 acres (See Table 5). Land
required to accommodate long-term population growth (approx. 50 years) will




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           be 6,610 acres. This total land requirement is equivalent to 125 acres per
           1,000 persons population growth. This compares with existing Town
           development of 130 acres per 1,000 persons.

           Existing developable lands within the current Town boundary will be used to
           partially meet future growth requirements. As shown in Table 5, existing
           developable lands are deducted from total land requirements to determine the
           additional land requirements that will need to be met through annexation.
           These additional land requirements total 4,007 acres or 25 quarter sections of
           developable land during the next 30 years. Long term land requirements
           (approximately 50 years) of 5,893 acres require a total of 37 quarter sections of
           developable land.

Table 5:
Summary of Land Requirements / Town of Chestermere

                                                                                    30 Year               50 Year
                                                2006-2016   2016-2026   2026-2036    Total    2036-2056    Total




Population Growth by Period (from Table 2)       16,862      13,587       7,402     37,851     15,111      52,962

New Households / Units (at 2.5 persons per un     6,745       5,435       2,961     15,141      6,044      21,185

      Land Requirements
      Average units per gross acre                  5           5          5                      5
      Residential Acres                           1,349       1,087       592        3,028      1,209      4,237

      Industrial acres per 1,000 pop'n growth     20          20           20                    20
      Industrial Acres                            337         272         148        757        302        1,059

      Commercial acres per 1,000 pop'n growth       4           4          4                     4
      Commercial Acres                             67          54          30        151         60            212

      Subtotal                                    1,754       1,413       770        3,937      1,572      5,508

      Other Land Use                              20%         20%         20%                   20%
      Other Land Use Acres                        351         283         154        787        314        1,102

Total Land Requirements                           2,104       1,696       924        4,724      1,886      6,610
      Total as Acres per 1,000 population          125         125        125         125        125        125


Existing Developable Land Supply (Acres)                                             717                       717

Additional Land Requirement (Annexation)                                             4,007                 5,893
      Annexation 1/4 Sections (at 160 acres)                                          25                    37




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3.0 Proposed Growth Areas

This section of the report reviews lands surrounding the Town Chestermere
and identifies preferred lands to accommodate future growth of the Town. The
report identifies preferred lands based on regional growth and intermunicipal
planning considerations, municipal servicing (including proximity and
fragmentation), and ability to accommodate a sustainable mix of residential and
non-residential land uses.

3.1     Intermunicipal Planning Considerations
Land surrounding the Town of Chestermere has been the subject of a number
of plans and development proposals from both the MD of Rocky View and the
City of Calgary. Figure 5 illustrates the existing relationship between the Town
of Chestermere, the City of Calgary, and abutting lands within the MD of Rocky
View. Chestermere is located about three miles east of the current City of
Calgary boundary and the future East Calgary “ring-road” freeway system
which is scheduled to by operating north of Highway 1A by the year 2010. A
system of planned freeway and major roadways will link Chestermere directly
to the regional freeway system.

The MD of Rocky View has adopted the Calgary-Chestermere Corridor Area
Structure Plan to accommodate primarily residential land uses to the west and
north of Chestermere. The MD of Rocky View has also adopted the Shepard
Plan to accommodate business and industrial uses extending east from
Calgary along the Glenmore Trail corridor.

Key intermunicipal planning initiatives that have influenced the Chestermere
growth strategy also include the MD of Rocky View / City of Calgary
Annexation Agreement, and the construction in 2006 of the East Rocky View
Wastewater Utility Main.

MD of Rocky View / City of Calgary Annexation Agreement
Figure 6 illustrates Mediated Calgary/Rocky View annexation agreement in the
vicinity of the Chestermere growth study area. This agreement is scheduled to
be considered by the Alberta Municipal Government Board commencing in
March 2007. Under the Agreement, the City of Calgary will annex lands
extending to within one mile of the existing Town of Chestermere boundary. In
addition, the City and the MD of Rocky View have agreed to a Joint Planning
Area extending south of the Town of Chestermere. This Joint Planning Area
has been identified as a future Industrial growth corridor for the MD of Rocky
View.




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 East Rocky View Utility Main
 The East Rocky View Wastewater Transmission Main was constructed in 2006.
 The alignment of this wastewater main is illustrated in Figure 6. The MD
 intends to provide piped wastewater service to areas that are generally located
 north and east of the Town of Chestermere. The MD plans to provide a future
 potable water line to be located in the same or similar alignment as the
 Wastewater Main pending future water license approvals or agreements.

 The East Rocky View Wastewater Main and planned future water supply
 system may allow the MD of Rocky View to accommodate a wider range of
 land uses in the future including higher density, fully-serviced, mixed-use
 communities. In July 2006, the MD approved the Buffalo Hills Conceptual
 Scheme for fully-serviced mixed-use development of three quarter sections of
 land located immediately north of Chestermere at the northwest corner of
 Highway 1 and Rainbow Road. The MD is also considering a number of other
 Conceptual Scheme planning applications located in proximity to the East
 Rocky View Wastewater Main.


 3.2     Municipal Infrastructure
 An evaluation of municipal infrastructure requirements was undertaken as part
 of the June 2005 Growth Analysis prepared by Southwell Trapp and
 Associates Ltd., engineers for the Town of Chestermere. Table 6, below,
 provides a summary of the key points from the Southwell Trapp infrastructure
 evaluation along with additional information shown in italics that has been
 added for purposes of this updated growth study.
Table 6: Municipal Infrastructure Evaluation
 Evaluation        Key Findings
 Factors

 Sanitary          Growth to the west is highly efficient due to the availability of gravity
 Sewer             servicing or short force main lengths to connect to the existing City of
                   Calgary lift station located near Highway 1A/Rainbow Road.
                   Growth to the southeast would be most expensive to service to the Calgary
                   lift station due to the number of lift stations and length of force mains
                   necessary.
                   The existing 18 inch sanitary sewer connection to the City of Calgary system
                   will accommodate a population of 22,000 people. Prior to this population an
                   additional sanitary trunk line will be required. Options for the new trunk line
                   include a new “south” sanitary trunk line to connect to the City system.
                   Lands located east and southeast of the existing Town boundaries could be
                   provided with sanitary sewer services by connecting to the East Rocky View
                   Wastewater Main subject to appropriate regulatory and intermunicipal




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                  agreements.

Stormwater        Areas to the west and northwest are preferred, at least for short term
Management        development, since they drain through existing Town drainage systems.
                  Areas to the south will tie directly into the Shepard Slough network. These
                  will be preferred areas in the future since runoff will not impact the W.I.D.
                  system and drainage to the Bow River will flow through the Shepard Slough
                  system.
                  Lands to the northeast, east and southeast of the Town will require regional
                  stormwater analysis to ensure appropriate stormwater management and
                  drainage in conformity with the policies of the Western Irrigation District.

Roadways          Areas to the west are preferred short-term growth corridors because direct
                  access is available to Highway 1A west of Rainbow Road and to Highway 1
                  via the existing Highway 1/Highway 1A interchange.
                  Highway 1 will be a “limited access freeway” in the future. Existing access
                  locations will eventually be closed and replaced with a system of frontage
                  roads. Access will be provided by planned grade-separated interchanges at
                  Rainbow Road, Highway 1A, Highway 791 and a location to be determined
                  near Garden Road.
                  Lands to the northeast of Chestermere across Highway 1 are a preferred
                  location for non-residential uses, since direct access is available to the
                  existing Highway 1 and Highway 1A interchange. Lands directly north of
                  Chestermere will have limited development potential until such time as an
                  interchange is constructed at Highway 1 and Rainbow Road.
                  In the longer term future, lands to the south of Chestermere will be well
                  served by planned extensions of Pagan Trail/50th Avenue and Glenmore
                  Trail to/from the East Freeway.
                  Lands to the east of Chestermere provide important connections to Highway
                  791. There is potential for Highway 791 to be extending north of Highway 1
                  in the future, thereby becoming an important regional freeway and a logical
                  intermunicipal boundary for purposes of infrastructure and community
                  planning.

Proximity and     Growth to the west and south is preferred because there are many quarter
Fragmentation     sections that have not been previously subdivided (i.e., not held in
                  fragmented ownership parcels).
                  Unregimented quarter sections also exist to the north and northeast of the
                  Town across Highway #1. Highway #1 will be a physical boundary and
                  barrier to safe pedestrian movement. Significant expansion of the Town
                  across Highway #1 would be predominantly in the form of non-residential
                  land uses which will need to be carefully planned to integrate with existing
                  MD of Rock View residential communities to the north. Non-residential uses
                  at this location would be well served by Highway 1, Highway 1A, and
                  Highway 791 and associated future interchanges.




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3.3     Sustainable Mix of Residential and Non-Residential Land Uses
A key objective of the Town of Chestermere’s 1999 Municipal Development
Plan is to “attract clean light industry to planned business parks in order to
provide a more balanced residential to non-residential tax assessment base
within the Town.” As the Town grows it will be increasingly necessary to
accommodate jobs that are located close to residences. This provides the
opportunity for employees to minimize time and costs associated with the
journey-to-work trip. At the same time, all residents will benefit from the
property tax revenue obtained from businesses. This revenue offsets the costs
of providing services to residents.

In order to attract business uses more effectively in future years, the Town will
require land with characteristics that are attractive to businesses. Key
characteristics of land that are attractive to business include the following:
        Good access to/from the regional freeway and major road system;
        Proximity to other business support services located in existing
        business areas;
        Separation from adjacent residential areas;
        Availability of land for expansion;
        Good visual exposure to freeways and major roadways.

Lands that offer a combination of these characteristics should be made
available to attract and accommodate future non-residential growth in the Town
of Chestermere.

The Southwell Trapp Growth Analysis (June 2005) study identified lands
northeast of Highway #1 and immediately south of the Town as appropriate for
non-residential growth. This study recommends that additional lands located to
the south of the Town be considered for both residential and non-residential
growth. These lands are well located to connect into the growing southeast
business corridor that is being extended eastward from the City of Calgary
along the Glenmore Trail and 50th Avenue corridors.




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3.4     Proposed Annexation Areas
This section describes the proposed growth strategy and areas recommended
for annexation to accommodate the Town’s growth needs over the next 30 to
50 years. This growth strategy has evolved from planning analysis work
contained in this report and discussions held during twelve meetings of the
Town of Chestermere/MD of Rocky View Joint Annexation Committee.

Overall Growth Strategy
Figure 7 illustrates the proposed Town of Chestermere growth areas
recommended by the Joint Annexation Committee for public and landowner
review. Key points to emphasize about the strategy are these:
        The recommended strategy provides a long-term vision for the Town of
        Chestermere. The proposed growth areas are intended to be well-
        integrated with existing City of Calgary and M.D. of Rocky View plans
        and prior agreements. Figure 8 illustrates the proposed Town of
        Chestermere growth areas in the context of the MD of Rocky View/City
        of Calgary Annexation Agreement.
        The recommended strategy provides a basis for intermunicipal
        coordination of a long-term Chestermere growth strategy that is
        integrated with the objectives of both the MD of Rocky View and the City
        of Calgary, whereby each jurisdiction can comprehensively plan and
        coordinate future development with certainty of future jurisdiction.
        The strategy is not focused on the calculation of forecast land
        requirements for a specific timeframe. It is possible that long-term
        growth in the Town of Chestermere could be greater than forecast in this
        report (e.g., where the Town of Chestermere becomes a preferred
        growth centre within the Calgary Economic Region).
        The strategy is focused on logical long-term intermunicipal boundaries
        and land use patterns. For example, the majority of the proposed
        annexation lands have not been previously identified as priority
        development corridors by either the MD of Rocky View or the City of
        Calgary.
        The lands recommended for annexation contain 5,692 acres of
        unfragmented agricultural land suitable for development at urban density
        levels. This annexation would accommodate the projected growth
        requirements of Chestermere for an estimated 39 years without
        considering the potential infill development that may occur on existing
        rural residential lots contained within the annexation area.

Figure 8 illustrates the recommended growth strategy in the local context.




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Table 7 compares the forecast 30 and 50-year annexation land requirements
(from Table 5) with the proposed growth areas as illustrated in Figure 7. The
proposed growth areas are not intended to precisely match the forecasted land
requirements. The proposed growth areas define long-term boundary that
logical with respect to the regional roadway system, the boundaries of Calgary
and Rocky View, and allows for implementation of long-term municipal and
intermunicipal land use plans and infrastructure by all three municipalities.

Unfragmented agricultural lands within the proposed annexation area are
forecast to meet the growth requirements of Chestermere for approximately 39
years.


Table 7: Land Requirements and Proposed Annexation Area

                           30 Year Land            50 Year Land                    Proposed
                           Requirement             Requirement                    Annexation
                               (Table 5)               (Table 5)                    (Figure 8)

    Total Area                  4,007                  5,893                        5,692*
       (acres)

    Total Area                    25                     37                          35.5*
   (1/4 sections)
* Acreage statistics for the proposed annexation area are described in Attachment 2. The gross area
proposed for annexation includes 5,692 acres of unfragmented agricultural land suitable for urban
development. Due to the uncertain timing and density of infill development that can be anticipated in
areas that are held predominantly as rural acreages and country residential lots, these areas have been
excluded from the developable land inventory for purposes of this study.




West Sector
        The recommended growth strategy strongly confirms the proposed west
        growth corridor as recommended in the Southwell Trapp Growth Study
        (June 2005).
        Lands in the west corridor can be efficiently serviced with stormwater,
        water, and sanitary sewer services.
        Rainbow Road will become a critical north/south arterial roadway link
        through the Town between Highway #1 to Glenmore Trail/Highway
        #560. Lands extending one full section west of Rainbow Road are
        required to plan and develop completely integrated and sustainable new
        communities.
        The proposed growth boundary anticipates abutting boundaries between
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        and Township Road #240/Peigan Trail. Abutting boundaries will require
        that both municipalities coordinate land uses and continuity of linear
        systems at the municipal interface.

South Sector
        Lands to the south of Chestermere represent a potential for
        Chestermere to grow south toward Glenmore Trail and the future east
        Calgary regional business development corridor. These lands have also
        been identified as linking efficiently to a planned future south wastewater
        trunk main that will be required to connect Chestermere to the City of
        Calgary’s Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.
        The south sector lands are well-drained and located to the south of the
        Western Irrigation District with direct flows to the City of Calgary’s
        Shepard Wetland Complex and drainage system.
        Although lands in the south sector are highly rated for future
        development, the preferred lands in this sector have already been
        committed to future development within the MD of Rocky View under the
        City of Calgary/MD of Rocky View Annexation Agreement. The
        Chestermere/Rocky View Joint Annexation Committee has agreed to
        respect this prior agreement where alternative lands can be made
        available to meet Chestermere’s long term requirements.
        Lands recommended for annexation in the south sector include Section
        35, located immediately south of Township Road 240. This land shares
        many of the attributes of other south sector lands and is not included in
        the prior City of Calgary /MD of Rocky View Agreement as a Rocky
        View/Calgary Joint Plan Area. Future Chestermere growth on Section
        35 is consistent with the need to define new roadway routes to serve the
        east Chestermere area. Future land use planning will need to provide
        an appropriate transition between future Rocky View industrial
        development to the west and existing MD of Rocky View residential and
        small holdings parcels located in Section 36 to the east.

Southeast and East Sector
        Proposed residential growth areas immediately east of the Town and
        south of Highway #1 includes land that drains naturally toward the east
        and has been identified by the MD of Rocky View as a Phase 1
        servicing area for the East Rocky View Utility Network. As such, the
        area may experience fully-serviced development at increased density
        levels, regardless of whether the lands are annexed to the Town of
        Chestermere or remain within the MD of Rocky View. Therefore the
        Town of Chestermere has agreed to use the East Rocky View
        Wastewater Main to service annexed lands that naturally drain toward
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        by ensuring acreage assessments for the wastewater line, regardless of
        the ultimate timing and location of a future Rocky View potable water
        supply system.
        Although the east sector contains a number of existing rural acreage
        communities, it is anticipated that fully-serviced development will occur
        in this broader eastern area regardless of whether these lands are part
        of Chestermere or remain in the MD of Rocky View. Annexation of
        these lands will allow Chestermere to undertake comprehensive
        planning that is sensitive to existing communities, and that
        encompasses a logical future infrastructure and community planning cell
        extending to Highway 791.
        The Town of Chestermere is currently experiencing bottlenecks in its
        existing roadway system serving East Chestermere. Annexation of land
        to the east is recommended to allow the Town of Chestermere to
        establish appropriate future roadway routes to/from the area, including
        access to Highway 791 and to establish an appropriate transition
        between existing “lakeside” communities and future development areas.


North and Northeast Sectors
        Lands located east of Chestermere and north of Highway #1 (Sections
        13 and 14) were recommended for non-residential growth in the
        Southwell Trapp Growth Analysis (2005). These lands are located in
        close proximity to the Town, are not fragmented by previous
        subdivisions, and they offer good visual exposure for businesses.
        These lands also benefit from the availability of access to Highway 1 via
        the existing Highway 1/Highway 1A interchange and the future Highway
        1/Highway 791 interchange.
        Lands immediately north of the Town are not considered a short to
        medium term preferred growth corridor for the Town since the highway
        creates a barrier to the integration of residential communities and
        pedestrian movements with future Town services. The MD has
        approved the Buffalo Hills Conceptual Scheme at the northwest corner
        of Highway 1 and Rainbow Road. Lands located north of Highway 1
        and east of Rainbow Road will be the subject of future intermunicipal
        development plan discussions with the MD of Rocky View. These lands
        may provide a longer-term growth corridor option for the Town of
        Chestermere.




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4.0 Next Steps in the Annexation Process

This section provides answers to commonly-asked questions about the
annexation process, the responsibilities of the municipalities involved, the role
of the public, and the role of the province in the annexation process.

Every annexation process will be unique and will need to be responsive to the
unique interests of the local stakeholders and municipalities involved.
Therefore, the following information is not intended as a prescriptive model of
the Town of Chestermere annexation process. The following information is
intended to describe legislative requirements and common practices. This
knowledge should help the Town of Chestermere to model an effective
annexation process in consultation with the MD of Rocky View.


4.1     What are the Main Steps in the Annexation Process?
The Municipal Government Act sets out the legal requirements that a
municipality must follow to achieve annexation of lands from another
municipality. The following is a summary of these requirements as it pertains
to the Town of Chestermere. See Attachment 1 for more detailed information
on the annexation process.

The Town of Chestermere has identified the need to annex additional lands
within its town boundaries to accommodate future growth. This annexation is
based on a demonstrated need for these lands given anticipated growth
population forecasts over the next 30 to 50 years. In November 2005, the
Town submitted a formal written notice to the M.D. of Rocky View and the
Municipal Government Board of its intention to annex additional lands. This
initiated a process of formal discussions with the MD of Rocky View whereby
both municipalities have established a Joint Annexation Committee and
designated elected and staff representatives to the Committee. Meetings of
the negotiation committee commenced in March 2006, at which time the
Committee established an agreed upon series of intermunicipal negotiation
meetings and an agreed upon public and landowner consultation program.

Both municipalities held separate public meetings regarding the proposed
annexation in May 2006. A Joint Public Meeting was held in January 2007 to
present a revised annexation proposal as prepared by the Joint Annexation
Committee. Additional opportunities for public input will be scheduled in 2007
prior to finalization of an inter-municipal annexation agreement.

The Town of Chestermere and the MD of Rocky View are cooperating to
undertake an agreed-upon, joint public consultation program. The landowner



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and public consultation program will inform residents of the annexation
proposal, the annexation process, and provide opportunities for residents to
provide feedback to the Joint Annexation Committee.

An objective of the Joint Annexation Committee is to produce an Annexation
Agreement that deals with the issues and concerns of both municipalities. If
the series of intermunicipal committee meetings fails to produce an annexation
agreement between the two municipalities, the Town of Chestermere must
attempt mediation. In this case, a professional mediator acceptable to both
municipalities would be retained to hold a series of facilitated intermunicipal
negotiating committee meetings.

Upon conclusion of the public consultation program, the intermunicipal
negotiation meetings, and mediation (if required), the Town of Chestermere will
prepare a final annexation application for submission to the provincial
Municipal Government Board. This document must include an overview of the
intermunicipal discussions, a description of the public consultation process and
landowner feedback, and the results of the mediation process (if applicable).
The final annexation application is submitted to the Provincial Municipal
Government Board as the formal annexation agreement/application.

The Municipal Government Board will consider the annexation application
report. If the Board determines that there is not general agreement with the
annexation proposal then the Board will conduct one or more public hearings
and allow any affected person to appear before the Board at the hearing. The
Board then makes it recommendation on the annexation to the Lieutenant
Governor in Council for the final decision on the proposed annexation.


4.2     How Are Landowners Involved in the Annexation Process?
The Municipal Government Board will expect that all affected landowners will
have been consulted and that their views have been taken into consideration in
finalizing the annexation agreement/application that is ultimately submitted to
the Board. A typical public consultation program will include a series of
newsletters and open houses. The intent of the public consultation program is
to inform residents of the intent to annex, to inform residents about the
annexation process, to answer questions about the effect of annexation on
particular lands, and to provide opportunities for residents to provide feedback
regarding the proposed annexation areas.

The following sequence of events describes the major steps in an annexation
process and possible stages for a public consultation program. This program
contains mandatory components (MGA) and recommended components that
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    1)    Formal notice of intention to annex (MGA)
          The municipality initiating annexation provides notice of intent to annex
          territory to the Municipal Government Board and to the Municipality
          from which the lands are proposed to be annexed (MGA Section
          116(1)). The notice must describe the lands to be annexed and the
          reasons for the annexation.

    2)    Establish an Intermunicipal or Joint Annexation Committee
          (MGA)
          Both municipalities must meet, discuss the annexation proposal and
          negotiate in good faith. If there are matters on which there is no
          agreement, the initiating municipality must attempt mediation and if
          mediation failed or did not occur, the reasons for this must be provided
          to the Board along with the negotiation report. If there is agreement
          between the municipalities, the report must still be filed with the Board
          (MGA Section 117(1) (2), 118, 119).

    3)    Establish Annexation and Public Consultation Process (MGA)
          In its formal Notice of intention to annex, the initiating municipality
          must include proposals for consulting with the public and meeting with
          the owners of the land to be annexed (public consultation plan). The
          public consultation process should be endorsed by both municipalities.

    4)    Public Newsletter #1
          A public newsletter can be used to communicate with the public and
          landowners, as outlined in a public consultation plan, agreed upon by
          both municipalities. Communicate annexation proposal to public and
          landowners within the annexation and adjacent to the annexation area.

    5)    Public Open House Meeting #1
          A well advertised public open house meeting can be used to
          communicate with the public and landowners. Communicate
          annexation proposal to public and landowners and provide opportunity
          for questions and discussion.

    6)    Intermunicipal or Joint Annexation Committee Meetings
          Ongoing committee negotiations to address municipal concerns and
          address comments/feedback from landowners and the public.

    7)    Draft Intermunicipal Agreement
          A Draft Annexation Agreement prepared based on intermunicipal
          discussions and public and landowner feedback.




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    8)    Public Newsletter #2
          Communicate contents of draft annexation agreement.

    9)    Public Open House #2
          Communicate contents of draft intermunicipal agreement and provide
          opportunity for discussion.

    10) Endorsement of Annexation Agreement by both Councils
        Upon completion, the recommended annexation agreement is typically
        forwarded to the respective municipal Councils for approval of full
        Council.

    11) Submit formal Annexation Application to the provincial Municipal
        Government Board (MGA)
        The negotiation report, all related information and the appropriate fees
        must be sent to the Board at which time the proposal becomes an
        official application for annexation (MGA Section 119(1)). If the Board
        decides that there is general agreement with the proposed annexation,
        it will notify all interested parties, including landowners that objections
        or concerns must be received by a certain date (usually within a
        month). If no objections are received then the Board will not hold a
        public hearing. The Board will then forward its report and
        recommendation to the Minister of Municipal Affairs (MGA 120(1) (2)).

    12) Municipal Government Board determines if Public Hearing
        required (MGA)
        If the Board receives objections within the specified time or if the
        Board finds there is not general agreement and that mediation
        attempts have failed, then the Board must conduct one or more
        hearings and allow any affected person to appear before the Board at
        the hearing (MGA Section 120(3)). The Board’s notice of hearing must
        be advertised for two consecutive weeks in a newspaper which is
        circulated in the affected territory. After the hearing is closed, the
        Board forwards its report and recommendations to the Minister of
        Municipal Affairs (MGA Section 122, 123, 124)

    13) Municipal Government Board recommendation to the provincial
        Lieutenant Governor in Council (Cabinet)

    14) Decision by the Lieutenant Governor in Council (MGA)
        The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, after considering the Board’s
        report may, by Order in Council, approve, approve in part or refuse the
        annexation proposal. The Order in Council may list specific conditions




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           of approval if the annexation has been successful in full or in part
           (MGA Section 125, 126, 127, 128).


4.3       What Factors are considered by the Municipal Government Board?
A review of numerous Municipal Government Board Annexation Orders
indicates that the following are important considerations to be weighed by the
Municipal Government Board in making an annexation decision.

      •   A clear demonstration of the need for the proposed annexation lands:
          i.e.,
             - that there is a minimal amount of land currently available for
               development within the current municipal boundaries
             - that the municipality has been experiencing rapid growth
             - that the economic and population projections support the
               proposed annexation
      •   That the annexation is supported by an Intermunicipal Development
          Plan and a growth study
      •   That the annexation is a logical extension of existing patterns of
          development and servicing
      •   That existing servicing capacities are efficiently utilized
      •   That future land use patterns make efficient use of land, infrastructure,
          public services and public facilities which promote resource
          conservation, enhance economic development activities, minimize
          environmental impact, protect significant natural environments and
          contribute to the development of healthy, safe and viable communities
      •   That mechanisms are in place to deal with any related environmental
          issues
      •   That the municipality is in a position to administratively deal with the
          expected growth and manage the financial impacts
      •   A thorough understanding and documentation of the primary
          stakeholders and their issues/concerns surrounding the annexation, the
          steps taken to resolve issues/concerns, how the final annexation
          agreement changed to incorporate landowner concerns, the final
          position of the major stakeholders in regards to the annexation
          identifying areas that are controversial.
      •   Significant emphasis on consultation with affected authorities,
          municipalities and landowners, ensuring that planning activities are
          carried out in a fair, open, considerate and equitable manner and that
          opportunities were provided for meaningful participation in the planning




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        process by residents, landowners, community groups, interest groups,
        municipal service providers and other stakeholders:
            -   develop a public consultation process / interviews with affected
                landowners
            -   ensure that all landowners within the proposed annexation area
                as well as outside/adjacent to the proposed annexation area have
                opportunity to voice their concerns
            -   ensure that a clear and concerted effort was made to establish a
                cooperative relationship between municipalities – if at all
                possible, the MGB would like municipalities to cooperate in the
                planning of future land uses in the vicinity of their adjoining
                boundaries
            -   take additional time and effort to discuss the implications,
                responses and remedies with affected landowners ensuring that
                all parties understand each other’s position, that all parties have a
                good understanding of the annexation proposals, and that
                municipalities have a good understanding of the concerns being
                raised
            -   try to resolve primary landowner issues/concerns prior to final
                submission to the MGB
            -   clearly document process and results, including dates of
                meetings, purpose of meetings, what occurred at the meetings,
                and the end result of the meetings
    •   Significant emphasis on agreement or mediated solution between the
        affected municipalities




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Attachment 2 - The Annexation Process

The following information includes a general description of the annexation
process, a flowchart of events, and specific information pertaining to the actual
annexation submission.

Figure 1. General Description of the Annexation Process




Brown & Associates Planning Group                                   Attachment 2-1
Town of Chestermere Growth Study / March 2007 Update Report




Figure 2. Annexation Flowchart




Brown & Associates Planning Group                             Attachment 2-2
Town of Chestermere Growth Study / March 2007 Update Report




Figure 3. Submitting the Annexation Application




Brown & Associates Planning Group                             Attachment 2-3
APPENDIX 1:
ANNEXATION AGREEMENT




APPENDIX 2:
TOWN OF CHESTERMERE
COUNCIL MINUTES




APPENDIX 3:
MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF ROCKY VIEW
COUNCIL MINUTES




APPENDIX 4:
PUBLIC CONSULTATION PROGRAM




APPENDIX 5:

TOWN OF CHESTERMERE
GROWTH STUDY




APPENDIX 6:
FORMAL INITIATION




APPENDIX 7:
BACKGROUND REGARDING
INTERMUNICIPAL COOPERATION



APPENDIX 8:
HISTORY OF OVERLAPPING
ANNEXATION INTERESTS:
THE TOWN OF CHESTERMERE AND
THE CITY OF CALGARY
APPENDIX 1:
ANNEXATION AGREEMENT




APPENDIX 2:
TOWN OF CHESTERMERE
COUNCIL MINUTES




APPENDIX 3:
MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF ROCKY VIEW
COUNCIL MINUTES




APPENDIX 4:
PUBLIC CONSULTATION PROGRAM




APPENDIX 5:

TOWN OF CHESTERMERE
GROWTH STUDY




APPENDIX 6:
FORMAL INITIATION




APPENDIX 7:
BACKGROUND REGARDING
INTERMUNICIPAL COOPERATION



APPENDIX 8:
HISTORY OF OVERLAPPING
ANNEXATION INTERESTS:
THE TOWN OF CHESTERMERE AND
THE CITY OF CALGARY
Appendix 7: Intermunicipal Planning

The Chestermere / Rocky View Joint Annexation Committee discussed the specifics of
cooperative planning at considerable length and agreed to work together to address
future intermunicipal planning and development issues by preparing an Intermunicipal
Development Plan (IDP). Part 9 of the Annexation Agreement contains commitments
regarding the timing for preparation of an IDP and the specific topics and issues to be
addressed during the IDP planning process. Part 9 also expresses the commitment of
both Chestermere and Rocky View to the involvement of landowners and the public in
the intermunicipal planning process.

During the annexation process some landowners adjacent to the proposed annexation
area, expressed a concern about coordination of future urban development with existing
and possible future adjacent developments in the MD of Rocky View. In response, the
Annexation Committee proposed the preparation of specific plan for two Joint Plan
Areas that would overlap the proposed boundaries of both municipalities. Following
discussions with landowners, the Committee decided against specialized Joint Plans for
specific areas. The Committee agreed that all joint planning matters could be dealt with
most effectively within a single Intermunicipal Development Plan.

Chestermere and Rocky View have agreed to commence preparation of an IDP within
120 days after the Province’s decision on the annexation is announced, and to present
the proposed IDP to the respective Councils within 2 years from the date upon which a
Provincial decision on the Annexation is announced. Part 9 of the Annexation
Agreement also recognizes, and is consistent with, prior land use commitments entered
into between the City of Calgary and the MD of Rocky View as part of the City of Calgary
annexation process. Part 9 anticipates that the Town of Chestermere will be requested
to participate in future discussions related to the shared boundary between the Town
and the City of Calgary. The Town understands that the City of Calgary is supportive of
the proposed annexation and the proposed shared boundary. Town planning staff has
met with City of Calgary officials to coordinate growth planning processes and select
appropriate mechanisms for intermunicipal coordination at the proposed interface
between the City and the Town. This process will be ongoing.

The Town and the Muncipal District are committed to intermunicipal coordination and
cooperation. At the present time both jurisdictions are working together on current
applications and projects that affect both jurisdictions in a proactive and positive manner.

The Town of Chestermere is willing to work individually or collectively with the MD of
Rocky View and the City of Calgary to address intermunicipal land use and planning
issues.
APPENDIX 1:
ANNEXATION AGREEMENT




APPENDIX 2:
TOWN OF CHESTERMERE
COUNCIL MINUTES




APPENDIX 3:
MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF ROCKY VIEW
COUNCIL MINUTES




APPENDIX 4:
PUBLIC CONSULTATION PROGRAM




APPENDIX 5:

TOWN OF CHESTERMERE
GROWTH STUDY




APPENDIX 6:
FORMAL INITIATION




APPENDIX 7:
BACKGROUND REGARDING
INTERMUNICIPAL COOPERATION



APPENDIX 8:
HISTORY OF OVERLAPPING
ANNEXATION INTERESTS:
THE TOWN OF CHESTERMERE AND
THE CITY OF CALGARY
Appendix 8: History of Overlapping Annexation Interests between
the Town of Chestermere and the City of Calgary

The Town of Chestermere first submitted a notice of intent to annex to the MGB on
November 9, 2005. Subsequently, on November 30th, 2005, the City of Calgary
submitted a notice of intent to annex land from the MD of Rocky View. A portion of the
City’s proposed annexation overlapped with Chestermere’s proposed annexation. The
overlapping area included the west half of Sections 4, 9, 16 and 21, all located within
Township 24, Range 28, West of the 4th Meridian.

During the winter of 2006 the Chestermere/Rocky View annexation committee
exchanged correspondence with MGB staff to determine the process that would be
followed where there are two overlapping annexation applications.

Also during the early months of 2006, Town of Chestermere staff and elected officials
met on a number of occasions with MD of Rocky View and City of Calgary officials to
discuss the overlapping annexation issues and to determine an appropriate boundary
that would best respect the objectives of Chestermere, the MD of Rocky View and the
City of Calgary.

In the spring of 2006 the City of Calgary submitted a revised notice of intent to annex to
the MGB. This revised notices excluded the lands that overlapped with Chestermere’s
proposed annexation.

The City of Calgary’s annexation was approved by the Province in 2007. The proposed
Chestermere annexation will abut the existing City of Calgary boundary. All boundary
issues have been resolved to the satisfaction of Chestermere, Rocky View and Calgary.
There are no overlapping land or boundary issues that remain with this application.

				
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