DEVELOPING: Stettler County reduces density on controversial Paradise Shores

Number of sites in entire project reduced from 370 to 168

Stettler County’s Subdivision Development Appeal Board (SDAB) reduced the density for Buffalo Lake’s Paradise Shores. The number was slashed from the original approved 370 RV or campground sites to 168 sites. The development was first proposed as a 1,000 RV stall park but was later reduced to 750 stalls.

A merit hearing was held Sept. 18-19 and a hearing was also held Aug. 16 to give opponents of the development one last chance to appeal the development permit application Stettler County approved for Paradise Shores RV in June. Stettler County’s Subdivision Development Appeal Board (SDAB) closed the appeal hearing Oct. 24.

RELATED: Stettler County’s SDAB closes appeal process for controversial development Paradise Shores

Nicole Wright, who lives in Red Deer and whose family has a cabin at White Sands, welcomed the scaled-down development.

“So awesome,” she said through Facebook. “So proud to be a part of a community that stuck together to protect the environment and the people of the community. Thank you and congrats to all of those who helped out and volunteered countless hours.”

Stettler County Reeve Larry Clarke said he trusts the process the SDAB went through to reach their decision.

“We respect and support the ruling.”

Stettler County CAO Yvette Cassidy said the county will work with the SDAB and developer to make sure conditions are met.

RELATED: Paradise Shore’s lawyer granted adjournment of SDAB hearing

The county’s SDAB heard eight appeals that were filed by those opposed to the development.

In a prepared statement, Niki Thorsteinsson, director of communication for the county, said the county plans to have new studies and are requiring the developer to provide an updated traffic impact assessment, geotechnical assessment of slopes, landscaping plan and site plans.

In addition, the county stipulates that the amenities and the outdoor recreational facilities have to be finished one year from the date of the approved site plan.

The developer will also have to pay for construction of a 38 stall truck/trailer parking lot near the White Sands boat launch.

Paradise Shores started pre-selling lot leases in Calgary before the development was even presented to council. There were RV’s at the site this past summer because it’s allowed in the county’s rules. The RV campers, however, won’t be able to return until the developer meets the conditions outlined by the SDAB.

RELATED: Paradise Shores RV park proceeding

POLL: Are you concerned about the proposed Paradise Shores RV park’s environmental impact on Buffalo Lake?

In May Stettler County council voted in favour of accepting the minutes of the agreement reached between Buffalo Lake South Shore IDP Committee and the developer to scale down the development from 1,000 RV lots to 750 lots.

The Summer Villages of Rochon and White sands filed objections to the development earlier this year. The villages said the development was a subdivision rather than an RV resort.

In March, about 400 people attended a public hearing in Stettler for the proposed high-density RV development. Twenty people spoke against. Only the developer spoke in favour. The county received 32 letters of support and 121 submissions against.

The proposed development was also opposed by a grassroots group of Buffalo Lake area residents led by Darrel Hicke of Calgary. He started an online petition in February that obtained more than 1,000 signatures.

In addition, both Lacombe and Camrose Counties gave Stettler County letters of concern over the project. They said the proposed development didn’t comply with the environmental requirements of the Buffalo Lake Inter-municipal Development Plan that requires any changes in land use or development avoid environmentally sensitive areas and important wildlife habitat. The opposing counties took issue with the developer not completing requirements of the Environmental Review because, to date, the environmental studies only cover Phase I of the development but the developer asked for approval for all three phases.

According to some White Sands residents, all development at the Paradise Shores site has stopped.

The developer could file an appeal to the Court of Appeals to determine if the appeal board followed all the rules when making its decision.

An employee from RV Sites Canada said they have “no comment” on the SDAB ruling.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Team improves access to addiction, mental health supports

Service provides expanded on-call consultation

Pinpointing innovations

How precision spraying system helps Kings Lake Hutterite Colony save time, products and water

County gravel pit requires wetland solution

County of Wetaskiwin hears report about wetlands at Hilgartner pit

Financial expert: demand for oil will continue to grow

Angus Watt discusses 2020 economy in Wetaskiwin Jan. 17

‘Manny’s Motel’ badly damaged by fire Jan. 15

Police say 40 Ave. closed due to fire, use alternate route

VIDEO: Nickelback gears up for nostalgia tour

Canadian band joins Stone Temple Pilots for a summer tour that includes just one stop in Canada

Canadian law firm launches class action on behalf of Iran flight victims

Flight 752 was shot down by Iran shortly after take off

Energy companies owe more than double the tax to Alberta municipalities

Survey says communities are owed $173 million — up 114% since last spring

No gondola from Banff to Mount Norquay, feds say

Parks Canada dismisses proposal for gondola, Grizzly Pavilion and boardwalks

U.S. officials confirm first case of Wuhan coronavirus near Seattle

The U.S. is the fifth country to report seeing the illness

Nine times lucky? Alberta’s Northern Cree takes another shot at Grammy gold

The group originates from the Saddle Lake Cree Nation in northern Alberta

Tax revolt? Unpaid taxes from energy companies to Alberta towns more than double

The association says they are owed a total of $173 million

New post-secondary funding model in Alberta tied to performance measures

By 2022, up to 40 per cent of post-secondary funding could be linked to performance

Alberta bulldog breeder ordered to refund B.C. buyer over puppy’s behaviour

Tribunal ruled a verbal agreement to send a new dog superseded the written contract

Most Read