City of Lloydminster and County of Vermilion River Collaborate to Advance Regional Growth and Opportunity
Lloydminster, AB/SK – A new agreement between the City of Lloydminster and the County of Vermilion River will help pave the way for long-term regional growth and attraction of new economic prospects.
During their respective Council meetings on Monday, April 8, 2019, both City and County Councils approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Collaborative Intermunicipal Development Services, which allows for development to occur on lands located in the previously approved Intermunicipal Development Plan Area (IDP).
“As the City and County consider growth and development needs over the next several years, it is important our respective plans are harmonious and non-obstructive,” said Mayor Gerald Aalbers. “Our mutual adoption of this MOU – and earlier IDP – demonstrate a genuine commitment to creating fair and equitable growth plans of regional benefit.”
Within the MOU, the County has agreed to support the future annexation of developmental lands in exchange for the City providing utility servicing. Each party also committed to further discussion on a new IDP and development of an Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework agreement.
County of Vermilion River Reeve Dale Swyripa said the framework established through the MOU ensures the interests of both parties will be considered in future land deliberations.
“Both parties have come to the table in the spirit of fairness and cooperation, which allows for more expedient, effective growth and development,” said Reeve Swyripa. “As we seek ways to bolster our local economy, it is important municipal neighbours work together to remove and mitigate barriers to new investment.”
The IDP was created in 2008 with the purpose of establishing a regional framework for attracting economic opportunities, managing land use, subdivision and development of lands identified in the IDP and identifying future areas for expansion of the City.
Corinne McGirr, Community Development Coordinator, County of Vermilion River
Leo Pare, Director, Communications, City of Lloydminster
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