Town of White City and RM of Edenwold Hold First Meeting to Discuss Boundary Alteration Proposal
Councillors from the Town of White City and the Rural Municipality of Edenwold No. 158 held a joint meeting the evening of Monday August 20th, 2018 to discuss the Town’s proposal to incorporate White City, the rural subdivision of Emerald Park, adjacent commercial and industrial lands and the country residential subdivisions of Escott/Deneve, Park Meadows Estates, and Meadow Ridge Estates into one urban municipality.
White City Councillor Hal Zorn is leading the negotiating committee for the Town.
“I was pleased to present our proposal to the RM council last evening,” Zorn said. “It is clear to us that the lack of coordinated land-use planning, growth pressures from land owners, developers and people wanting to live in this community and our lack of a true identity will only intensify as our community continues to grow. It’s important for all residents to seriously consider issues this community is facing.”
Today nearly 6,000 people live in the White City area and this is one of the fastest growing communities in Canada. Medium growth forecasts suggest our community could top 22,000 people in the next 25 years. The Town’s annexation proposal takes a long-term planning view of the community’s needs and addresses issues surrounding expected urban services by residents, such as recreation facilities, a coordinated approach to urban land development and equal representation for all.
“We have an opportunity to create a vibrant, united urban community,” said Zorn. “One that is capable of maintaining today’s lifestyle while also managing residential growth and commercial development for the long-term. The time to act is now.”
Further community information sessions will be held in September and a website (one-community.ca) is available for those who want to learn more. At the conclusion of the public information sessions later this year, the Town will be submitting a formal proposal to the Provincial Government and the Saskatchewan Municipal Board for the annexation of sufficient lands to support the community and the 25-year planning horizon.