Red Deer County rejects cottages proposal for Whispering Pines

Red Deer County has slammed the door on lot owners who hope to build cottages at the Whispering Pines golf resort, located on the west shore of Pine Lake.

Red Deer County has slammed the door on lot owners who hope to build cottages at the Whispering Pines golf resort, located on the west shore of Pine Lake.

During the Municipal Planning Commission’s regular meeting on Tuesday, members turned down a request from Melvin Woitte, who bought his lot with the understanding that he could build a cottage there.

MPC had previously approved construction of a number of cottages in the development, even though the area structure plan allows only RVs and park-model mobile homes, said senior development officer Peggy Lyon in her report.

A cottage is defined as a permanent unit of 990 square feet or less.

“Up to 50 plus or minus permits have been issued for cottages in Whispering Pines. These permits have been issued in error,” said Lyon.

Yet nine more permits were issued on July 7 of this year.

The developer was advised at that time that no more applications would be accepted before the area structure plan is amended, she said.

A plan is in the works but it is not complete, and there is no way of knowing when it will be presented for approval, said Lyon.

Councillor Penny Archibald told Woitte during the meeting that the county has tried without success to play along with Whispering Pines.

“It’s people like you that get hurt. Maybe it’s you getting hurt that will put some pressure on them to pull up their socks and get in here,” said Archibald.

Woitte told MPC he has found it frustrating to watch other cottages go up when he has not been allowed to start work on his own.

“I hired a contractor in early June. I’m now in a situation where I may lose the contractor because of the delays,” said Woitte.

Councillor Jim Wood said lot development has been an ongoing problem at the resort.

“The lots continue to be sold with the expectation that certain types of development will happen in those lots.”

Some cottages were allowed out of compassion, said Wood. But that was supposed to be the end of it, he said.

“I don’t know how to draw a line in the sand and not draw a line in the sand,” he said.

Councillor George Gehrke said Woitte’s situation is “very unfortunate,” but the county MPC has no choice.

“This is up to Whispering Pines to move forward so that people can move forward with their developments. If we keep going one-offs, then there might as well not even be plans,” said Gehrke.

Visibly shaken as he left the meeting, Woitte said afterward that he could offer no further comment.

Whispering Pines representative Larry Dyck was not available for comment on Tuesday.

bkossowan@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Rejected Red Deer County cannabis production facility to go to appeal

County’s subdivision and development appeal board hearing set for May 2

Open house on proposed addictions treatment centre to be held at former Red Deer nightclub

Community is invited to learn more about the $2-million project on May 2

Red Deer looks to be creative to attract business downtown

Co-op to close downtown store after 56 years

Family: A potpourri of Easter egg hunts, music and politics

The election is a thing of the past. Albertans have spoken. They… Continue reading

Sri Lankan-Canadians mourn victims of terrorist attack in their homeland

Sri Lankan-Canadians were gathering Monday to mourn those killed in a massive… Continue reading

Residents along Saint John River told to remain on alert as floodwaters rise

FREDERICTON — People who live along New Brunswick’s Saint John River are… Continue reading

Prince Edward Island voters to cast verdict on new electoral system

CHARLOTTETOWN — Canadians are expected to learn late Tuesday whether the cradle… Continue reading

Early, photogenic iceberg raises expectations for Newfoundland’s season

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — This historic port city welcomed an unexpected early… Continue reading

Captain Ghislaine Landry leads Canada to victory at Kitakyushu Sevens

KITAKYUSHU, Japan — Captain Ghislaine Landry scored with no time remaining and… Continue reading

Marchand scores twice as Bruins force a seventh game with 4-2 win over Leafs

TORONTO — After a flying start in front of a raucous home… Continue reading

Harry and Meghan’s royal baby: Questions asked and answered

LONDON — The time is drawing near for the impending birth of… Continue reading

Most Read