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Niverville annexation clears final hurdle

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A proposed land annexation has passed one of its final hurdles to pave the way for future development in Niverville.

On Tuesday evening council passed a resolution to approve the annexation of 2,600 acres of land from the RM of Hanover to support the town’s future expansion, the second annexation since 2017.

In 2015 the Manitoba Municipal board denied a similar proposal in which the ask was for 1,100 acres, but settled on 340 after a provincial report cited concerns about the annexation, including loss of agricultural land. The land was officially annexed in 2017.

Only six years later, the town needs more.

The now-approved annexation will see parcels of occupied land along Provincial Road 311 to Highway 59 transferred from the RM of Hanover to the Town of Niverville. The lands are generally used for agricultural purposes.

At the time of the proposal, Mayor Myron Dyck said the land is necessary for Niverville’s future.

“You’re either moving forward or you’re moving backward, and if Niverville is to continue to move forward, we see now that land will be a potential restrictor for availability to do that,” he said.

“There is no staying the same.”

Over the summer the Town commissioned a sustainable growth report which projected Niverville will be out of land in the next 15 to 20 years. Working with the RM of Hanover they agreed on roughly 50 parcels of land to be transferred. The town held a series of open houses in December 2022 to answer questions and field concerns regarding the proposal.

Dyck said the land could be used for residential, commercial, institutional and industrial purposes, though commercial growth is commonly seen along main arteries into towns like Highway 12 in Steinbach.

Council has requested a public hearing be held before the Manitoba Municipal Board, a quasi-judicial tribunal which deals with matters pertaining to land and planning, before the deal is sealed.

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