A 275-site campground expansion has been approved for the Sandy Point RV Resort on Gull Lake.
The expansion approved by Lacombe County’s municipal planning commission on Thursday doubles the development to 550 seasonally leased stalls.
Developer Delta Land Co. also proposes to build an 11,050-square-foot indoor recreation and community facility is also proposed to host weddings, family events and campground functions. There will also be areas to play soccer and pickleball along with an archery range.
The expansion, to be built in three phases, is located on 56 acres north of the existing campground and west of the Sandy Point Beach.
June Norvila, whose property is adjacent to the development, expressed concern about the impact on the environment of a campground of this size. The area is a habitat for many animals and birds and she is concerned that wildlife corridors will be affected.
The natural environment has already been damaged by the development that has already happened in the area, she told the municipal planning commission.
“People need to protect habitats and species, not destroy them forever.”
Novila is also concerned that people from the campground will trespass on her land and pillage it for firewood and leave behind trash.
The planning commission agreed to add a condition to the approval requiring the developers to put a chain-link fence along the property line between the campground and Norvila’s land.
Coun. Brenda Knight said it will not stop all trespassing, but should help.
“All we can do is try to mitigate the problem. Will everybody obey the rules? No, they won’t.”
Council was told that a number of environmental assessments were undertaken before the first campground took place. An environmental reserve will be in place for the expansion to ensure development does not happen too close to the shoreline.
The planning commission first dealt with expansion application but concerns were raised about how internal roads would be built inside the campground.
After meeting with planners, the developers agreed to build recycled asphalt roads to keep dust down. A revised stormwater management plan was submitted and some tweaks made to the location of the recreation facilities and washrooms.
Senior planner Cajun Paradis said most of the issues have now been addressed and the approval conditions — about 30 in all — will deal with outstanding issues.
Traffic assessments may be required in the future if the number of vehicles suggests changes are needed.