The Town of Coaldale wishes to annex lands from Lethbridge County. This webpage provides accurate and up-to-date information and resources regarding annexation in general, relevant background studies and legislation, and the Town’s annexation proposal and associated timelines.
What is annexation?
Annexation is the process for a municipality to expand its boundaries in order to accommodate future growth opportunities. Properties within an annexation area experience a change in jurisdiction from one municipality to another. However, annexation does not change ownership rights and is not necessarily undertaken to facilitate immediate development, but rather to secure lands for future growth.
Why is the Town proposing annexation?
The Town’s developable land supply is being exhausted, and planning for the projected growth of the community over the next 25 years takes significant time. Annexation will allow the Town to plan and prepare for its future growth needs with confidence by ensuring lands required for future growth are within its jurisdiction.
Annexation is necessary not only to allow the Town of Coaldale to plan for its growing population, but also to continue to facilitate opportunities for commercial and industrial development, and to ensure a mix of land uses that results in a diverse and sustainable municipal tax base into the future.
What land is the Town contemplating for annexation?
In 2014 the Town enlisted the Oldman River Regional Services Commission (ORRSC) to prepare a growth study which would determine the Town’s future growth needs over the next 25 years. The study determined that Coaldale has a limited supply of developable lands left available to satisfy future growth. The Growth Study has informed the selection of the majority of lands that are included in the annexation proposal.
Where is the process at?
How long will the process take?
The annexation process can occur quickly when all parties are in agreement, but can take longer (up to 2+ years) if there is disagreement among affected parties.
How can I participate?
For landowners whose lands are proposed for annexation
You will be invited to meet with Town representatives to discuss how the annexation may impact you, measures the Town is proposing to minimize negative impacts, and any other related matters you may wish to discuss.
For all IDP area landowners
(including Town of Coaldale residents, businesses and organizations)
Annexation Open Houses
Where: Gem of the West Museum
When: November 2 from 2 to 6 p.m. and November 3 from 4 to 8 p.m.
If you were unable to attend the open houses please check out the presentation HERE
and take our survey HERE
For all interested parties
Outside of formal engagement opportunities, if you have a question, concern or idea about annexation, please don’t hesitate to contact the Town at any time you wish.
Results of public engagement
The results of the spring 2016 annexation proposal study can be found HERE
“The FAQ section provides information for a number of commonly asked questions. You may also ask a question of your own and the answer will be posted directly onto this page as quickly as possible”
Statutory plans and legislative information
Town of Coaldale documents
- Growth Study
- Annexation proposal brochure
- Annexation proposal update
- Notice of Intent to Annex
- Town of Coaldale/Lethbridge County Memorandum of Understanding
Town of Coaldale
Spencer Croil, RPP MCIP
Director of Planning and Development
Town of Coaldale
Hilary Janzen, RPP MCIP
Senior Planner/Development Officer