SMB Hearings and Annexation Compensation
Res #: 14-13M
Responses Received: No
Departments: Saskatchewan Government Relations
WHEREAS annexation requests have become more frequent as the growth needs for urban areas continue to increase; and
WHEREAS all municipalities are required to protect the best interests and assets of their ratepayers; and
WHEREAS there is not a clear definition of the term "need" as it pertains to annexation requests in the current dispute resolution process of a hearing through the Saskatchewan Municipal Board (SMB); and
WHEREAS there is not currently an appropriate policy or guideline for annexation compensation that includes compensation for infrastructure; and
WHEREAS the basis for recent annexation compensation agreements cite past rulings by the SMB Boundary Alterations Committee, which do not reflect current factors or infrastructure costs;
BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the Provincial Government for an immediate review of the SMB boundary alterations hearing process to make changes that are required to ensure there is a clear definition of "need" as it pertains to annexation of land and the annexation compensation process so that a guideline or policy be established for infrastructure compensation that can be utilized by not only SMB during hearings but also by municipalities negotiating annexation agreements.
Response from Jim Reiter, Minister of Government Relations and Minister Responsible for First Nations, Metis and Northern Affairs
The Ministry is currently developing a proposed annexation compensation guideline. A review period has been held and it is apparent that more dialogue is required. More discussion will be held with Municipal Associations in the upcoming weeks and months. As there is no definite timeline, municipalities working on annexation compensation should continue negotiations.