Chestermere council voted 6-1 to become a city Sept. 29.

“This is an exciting historic move for our community and I’d like to thank every single person, and there are many, who took the time to let us know their opinion on this subject,” said Mayor Patricia Matthews.

The next step in becoming a full-fledged city involves sending an application  to the Minister of Municipal Affairs for an official title by Jan. 1.

A release from Chestermere said the community is intent on keeping its signature lakeside lifestyle central to its development but is also hoping the title of city will help attract more businesses to the area. New developments are anticipated for the next couple of years and will feature extensive space for commercial and light industrial.

“Chestermere has crossed the threshold you need to be successful and run a profitable business,” said Jean-Marc Lacasse, Chestermere’s enterprise facilitator. “The city title lets investors know they will be successful too.”