What started as an annexation application by the City of Calgary may evolve into an economic development partnership with Rocky View County (RVC).

On Jan. 16, a step forward has been taken by RVC and the city to build a collaborative relationship in place of a proposed annexation of 1,676 hectares of land by Calgary.

On Sept. 17, 2021, the city made an application to annex the land, situated on the southeast boundary of Calgary between Glenmore Trail and the CP Rail mainline. The land was previously identified in Calgary's Sheppard Industrial area structure plan adopted in 2009.

The new proposal to work together on the corridor is viewed by some as a major step forward in generating economic growth to benefit both municipalities and the Calgary metropolitan region. This week, the annexation negotiation committee of the municipalities began to investigate how best to develop the industrial growth corridor.

RVC officials state the region remains a significant inland port and encourages broader opportunities in all sectors. The growth of logistics centres, shipping hubs, manufacturing facilities, film production, and other industries remains a priority in the Calgary metro region.

Statements by both RVC and Calgary officials indicate the joint effort could demonstrate how strong inter-municipal relationships can benefit the region.

“Rocky View County recognizes that by working collaboratively with our partners at the City of Calgary we can advance significant economic opportunities across municipal boundaries," states RVC mayor Crystal Kissel in a news release. "I believe that this cooperative approach will benefit residents and businesses across the region."

Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek states it's encouraging to see officials from both municipalities have demonstrated interest in a collaboration that increases regional efficiency and attracts greater investment.

Discussions continue, and Calgary continues to have the option to seek annexation.