Buffalo Lake (Advocate file photo).

Update: Controversial Buffalo Lake RV resort moving forward with 750 lots

Two summer villages and County of Stettler resolve density concerns

A large RV resort proposed for Buffalo Lake is being down-scaled to 750 lots from a previous 1,000 following a successful dispute resolution process with two summer villages.

Paradise Shores developer Dave Hamm of RV Sites Canada agreed to reduce density — which had been the main sticking point with the Summer Villages of Rochon Sands and White Sands.

A revised resort application was presented to the County of Stettler council on Wednesday.

Council passed second reading of the bylaw paving the way to rezone the land to recreational facility district from agriculture for the proposed development on Wednesday.

A council committee was also appointed to discuss the development permits conditions for phase one of the proposed campground.

The RV resort is proposed for 83 acres on the south shore of Buffalo Lake, between the two summer villages and within the County of Stettler. Concerns were expressed about the impact of additional people, boats, noise, dust, traffic, including sewage trucks.

The summer villages had registered disputes with the County of Stettler, which triggered the dispute resolution process that brought all the municipal partners to the table, as outlined in the Buffalo Lake South Shore Intermunicipal Development Plan.

Meetings were held on April 16 and May 3. County Reeve Larry Clarke said he’s pleased the process was successful, praising the “open-minded spirit” of participants.

The County of Stettler council must still discuss unresolved many issues, including road upgrades, dust control, a boat launch, and other concerns, said Yvette Cassidy, chief administrative officer for the county. The county’s planning commission will consider conditions for the development after consulting with summer village councils.

The two summer village mayors praised the co-operative spirit of the resolution process.

Mayor Lorne Thurston of the Summer Village of White Sands said his council worked very hard to ensure that residents’ concerns were heard. “We appreciate the commitment we have seen to mitigate concerns from all parties.”

Mayor Dan Hillier of the Summer Village of Rochon Sands said he believes density concerns were addressed. He pledged to ensure the development proceeds “with upmost consideration to local residents.”


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

WATCH: Ellis Bird Farm open for summer

There is something magical about the Ellis Bird Farm located outside of… Continue reading

Developer pushes back construction of Nova Scotia rocket launch site

HALIFAX — The start date for the construction of Canada’s only commercial… Continue reading

Red Deer’s Craig Schmitt placed first once again at Woody’s Marathon

When Craig Schmitt runs in the annual Woody’s RV Marathon in Red… Continue reading

Life and death: Mistake sent one family to funeral home, the other to hospital

Doctors told Jody Littlewolf that her daughter was brain dead and should… Continue reading

Red Deer Silhouettes prepare for year-end show

Synchronized swimming team will perform its last show this season May 30

Learn to shoot safely at Ladies’ Range Day in Central Alberta

Walking up to a firearms’ store and looking at the variety of… Continue reading

School victims honoured at Billboard Awards; Janet, BTS shine

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards paid tribute to the students and teachers… Continue reading

Stars urge Indonesia to ban ‘brutal’ trade in dog meat

JAKARTA, Indonesia — International stars of acting, music and sports have urged… Continue reading

Taylor Swift is doing more to stop scalpers than Ontario’s new ticket act: experts

TORONTO — Step aside Ontario lawmakers, because Taylor Swift is giving you… Continue reading

In London, some Brits shrug off royal wedding: ‘Irrelevant’

LONDON — Watching the cheering, flag-waving Brits lining the sun-soaked royal procession… Continue reading

Grenfell Tower survivors weep as inquiry begins in London

LONDON — Survivors of a devastating high-rise fire in London wept Monday… Continue reading

Developer pushes back construction of Nova Scotia rocket launch site

HALIFAX — The start date for the construction of Canada’s only commercial… Continue reading

Ontario Liberals target ‘fiscal mistakes’ made by NDP as campaign heats up

TORONTO — Ontario’s Liberal leader is highlighting the differences between her party… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month