Court of Appeal dismisses Paradise Shores arguments

A court will not hear arguments; sticks with appeal board’s ruling

  • Jul. 16, 2019 5:00 p.m.

By Jessica Jones

The Alberta Court of Appeal will not hear Paradise Shores’ arguments, siding with a decision made by Stettler County’s development appeal board that orders the developer to reduce the density of stalls at the RV park.

The July 12 court decision denies the developer permission to appeal the reduction of RV stalls along the shores of Buffalo Lake.

The decision sides with the County of Stettler and the subdivision and development appeal board, which decided last November to stick to paring down the density of the Paradise Shores RV stalls from 370 to 168.

“We trust in this process and the Municipal Government Act provides us with this process, but we are looking forward to working with everyone involved going forward,” said county communications director Niki Thorsteinsson.

The Court of Appeal had reserved judgment since January.

“It was quite a long time for everyone to wait,” said Thorsteinsson. “But we will continue to be in discussions to see how we can help the developer move forward.”

The dismissal means the Paradise Shores appeal will not go to a tribunal.

What happens now is up to Paradise Shores, said Thorsteinsson. The company is still permitted to work on 168 sites, but is tied to the 41 conditions set by the county.

The decision is yet another roadblock for Paradise Shores after health and safety concerns at existing leases were revealed in May. Lease holders were required to move their trailers before June 17.

At last glance, the only trailers that were on site were those that were difficult to move, Thorsteinsson said, noting that officials recently observed Paradise Shores trying to clean up the area.

“Once those conditions are completed, those sites can be occupied,” she said. “Once we get compliance, we can get people up there.”

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