Campground approved next to Gull Lake RV resort

Project would be built in phases on west side of Gull Lake near Sandy Point Resort

A 290-spot seasonal campground has been approved near Sandy Point Resort on the west side of Gull Lake.

Developers Frank Wilson and Lance Dzaman are proposing to build the campground, which would be open from May to September, in phases, with the first including about 70 lots.

Each lot would be serviced with water, sewer and power, but year-round living is not allowed.

The county received nearly two dozen comments from residents, some of whom were concerned about an increase in traffic and additional congestion at the nearby beach and a boat launch and marina.

Dzaman told council the first phase would have 34 parking spots available for visitors. He had spoken to a number of residents with concerns to explain what was planned.

The developers previously received approval for up to 1,125 lots at Sandy Point, which is to include a golf course.

They decided to create a seasonal campground, with lots likely to range from $3,500 to $4,000 annually, based on a growing demand for longer-term camping options.

However, the developers did not get everything they wanted. They hoped the county’s municipal planning commission would waive a requirement that campground roads be paved.

Dzaman said the cost of paving the roads would affect their ability to offer competitive rates with other campgrounds, which have gravel roads.

Developers can appeal the planning commission’s decision and the paving requirement to the subdivision and development appeal board.

The developers hope to begin construction on the first phase in the fall, with lots available for spring 2021.

Lacombe county

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