The City of Red Deer is starting expropriation proceedings to secure the four private land parcels that are needed to widen Hwy 11A to four lanes between west of Taylor Drive to Gaetz Avenue.

The City of Red Deer is starting expropriation proceedings to secure the four private land parcels that are needed to widen Hwy 11A to four lanes between west of Taylor Drive to Gaetz Avenue.

City of Red Deer starts expropriation proceedings to secure land needed for Hwy 11A widening

‘It’s a tool of last resort,’ says Mayor Veer

Red Deer city council gave the green light to expropriating four land parcels needed for the widening of Hwy 11A.

Council was told negotiations have been underway with eight property owners since 2019 to reach a fair market price for the private land the city needs to purchase in order to expand the highway to four lanes, from west of Taylor Drive to Gaetz Avenue.

City administration asked for multiple land assessments on these properties, and even involved a third-party consultant who specializes in municipal and highway land acquisitions, to negotiate with the landowners on the city’s behalf.

But a deal to purchase the needed land still could not be reached with four out of the eight property owners, council heard Monday.

The city’s general manager of development and protective services, Tara Lodewyk, recommended that council initiate expropriation proceedings, in these four cases, to keep the highway widening project on track.

Lodewyk stressed it will not stop negotiations from continuing between the city and the landowners, in the meantime.

Council unanimously approved getting the ball rolling by issuing a Notice of Intention to Expropriate to the four landowners.

Mayor Tara Veer called it a “tool of last resort” that’s sometimes needed to pursue what’s in the public interest.

“It’s never a fun process, when big government steps in and expropriates land from the little property owner,” said Coun. Vesna Higham. But she added she’s satisfied that every effort was made by the city including, getting several market appraisals and involving a third-party negotiator.

Coun. Ken Johnston added he also feels “comforted” that the landowners have been treated equitably.

The widened Hwy 11A will eventually connect to the Northlands Drive project — which will eventually feature a future bridge over the Red Deer River and a new route that links north and south Red Deer.

Council heard the highway twinning project will also provide better access to Hwy 2 for the Edgar and Chiles Industrial Parks.

Related:

-City spends $10-million for overpass that won’t be needed for a decade

-City council opts to continue funding Northlands Drive project

Construction plans include creating intersection improvements at Taylor Drive and Gaetz Avenue, as well as an overpass at the Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway crossing to help traffic flow more efficiently while also creating roadway capacity for development in the city’s northwest.

The city funded portion of the project is about $46 million, with Alberta Transportation committing $15 million to the project; and CP Railway contributing $3 million.

Construction is planned over three years, with utility relocation starting in 2021. If work can be tendered this summer, reconstruction of the overpass will also be started in 2021, but the majority of the project will be completed in 2022 and 2023.

Council heard this portion of Hwy 11A still belongs to the province, but its ownership will be transferred to the city in future. The province is meanwhile satisfied to have the city lead the widening project, while the provincial government provides some of the funding for it.



lmichelin@reddeeradvocate.com
Like us on
Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Red Deer City Council

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Red Deer Rebels winger Arshdeep Bains had two assists in the first period Monday against the Lethbridge Hurricanes in WHL action in Lethbridge. (Photo by ROB WALLATOR/Red Deer Rebels)
Hurricanes hand Red Deer Rebels ninth straight loss

Hurricanes 5 Rebels 2 (Saturday) Hurricanes 8 Rebels 5 (Monday) The goals… Continue reading

Red Deer City Hall. (File photo)
Red Deerians will see a slight tax increase, but the municipal portion is at zero per cent

The provincial educational requisition went up by about half a per cent

The length of grass on people’s lawns could be part of the new Community Standards bylaw being considered by Red Deer city council. (Black Press file photo).
Loitering, noise complaints, swearing covered in proposed bylaw

A few old rules could be dropped and new rules added

Sweden skip Niklas Edin makes a shot against Scotland in the Men's World Curling Championship gold medal final in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, April 11, 2021. Curling's Humpty's Champions Cup in Calgary has been pushed back a day due to the delayed finish of the men's world championship. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Start of Humpty’s Champions Cup pushed back a day in Calgary

Start of Humpty’s Champions Cup pushed back a day in Calgary

Men’s world curling championship in Calgary concludes amid COVID scare

Men’s world curling championship in Calgary concludes amid COVID scare

New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 12, 2021, in Dunedin, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
Higashioka and Cole help Yankees beat Blue Jays 3-1

Higashioka and Cole help Yankees beat Blue Jays 3-1

Alberta doctors say trust must be rebuilt after proposed new labour deal rejected

Alberta doctors say trust must be rebuilt after proposed new labour deal rejected

People line up in the rain for a COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up clinic at the Masjid Darus Salaam in the Thorncliffe Park neighbourhood in Toronto on Sunday, April 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Provinces defend health restrictions as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise

Provinces defend health restrictions as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney updates media on measures taken to help with COVID-19, in Edmonton on March 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta legislature Speaker apologizes for condemning new COVID health restrictions

Alberta legislature Speaker apologizes for condemning new COVID health restrictions

Ukraine’s leader requests a talk with Putin, gets no answer

Ukraine’s leader requests a talk with Putin, gets no answer

Madelyn Boyko poses along with a number of the bath bombs she makes with her mom, Jessica Boyko. Madelyn says she enjoys making the bath bombs with her mom as it is a special time for just the two of them. (Photo Submitted)
5-year-old Sylvan Lake girl selling bath bombs in support of younger brother

Madelyn Boyko is selling bath bombs for CdLS research in honour of her younger brother

Most Read