RM, Winkler reach deal on annexation 0
The City of Winkler is asking the Municipal Board to approve the annexation of parcels DD, A, C, T, R, P and NN from the Rural Municipality of Stanley. The shaded area at the extreme right is the village of Reinfeld.
The City of Winkler is asking the Manitoba Municipal Board to give it the green light to annex six quarter sections of RM of Stanley land on the city's east and west boundaries.
The request for approval of the "friendly takeover" involves the quarter sections adjacent to the city's easterly and westerly boundaries north of Hwy 14 and two quarter sections south of Hwy 14 on both the east and west sides of the city.
"The City of Winkler and the RM of Stanley have met and negotiated this annexation proposal in good faith as far back as March 18, 2008," the city states in its proposal.
"Through cooperation and thoughtful consideration, the two municipalities have reached a mutual agreement to propose to the municipal board."
Mayor Martin Harder said, if approved, the annexation proposal will provide the city with sufficient land to address its current and future needs.
"This should do us for some significant time," Harder said.
The city's request explained its need for the additional land:
"The reasoning for this annexation proposal is to progressively plan and prepare for the continuing rapid population growth in Winkler.
"The population has grown from 6,000 in 1986 to just under 11,000 in 2011 and continues to grow by approximately four per cent per year.
"As well, the industrial sector continues to expand, increasing further commercial and residential demand.
"The lands identified on the east side of Winkler for annexation are planned for industrial and commercial development, while the lands identified on the west side of Winkler are intended, for majority, as residential development."
Meanwhile, Morden also has given its wish list to the RM council but that proposal has gone further as of yet.
It is believed the proposal could involve a significant section of RM land to expand the town boundaries.
Town officials have stressed they are looking at a much larger proposal to better address the town's longer term needs.
"The last time we didn't take enough," Mayor Ken Wiebe had commented at a town forum last fall. "It may seem aggressive right now ... but not if you're looking years down the road."
A key issue will likely be compensation to Stanley for the loss of that property from its tax base. Mayor Wiebe had stressed they want to negotiate an equitable agreement that would see Stanley fairly compensated for the land to be annexed to Morden.
"We are looking down the road and trying to see what we are going to need in 5 to 10 years time."