Lacombe County clears way for Gull Lake residential and golf course development

Lincoln Ranch would include homes and nine-hole golf course on east side of Gull Lake

A proposed 100-lot residential and nine-hole golf course development on the east side of Gull Lake has lined up the necessary planning approvals from Lacombe County.

Council endorsed the concept plan for Lincoln Ranch and approved rezoning nearly 160 acres to the required recreation and residential zoning.

A development agreement was recently signed with Glen Fraser, of Lincoln Developments.

The project first came before council in September 2017.

It was proposed then that 40 homes, bungalows, bi-levels or two-storeys would be built on quarter-acre lots to take advantage of views and opportunities to back on to the golf course. It was suggested the remaining 60 lots might be set aside for smaller units and vacation homes.

Three park spaces are planned within the development. As well, trails will link to the public beaches at the nearby Wilson’s Beach Campground and DeGraff’s RV Resort.

Dale Freitag, county director of planning services, said the county has been told the initial concept plan might be changed in response to market demand.

“It’s not a perfect scenario. We would prefer they move ahead with their concept plan. But they have advised us they’re changing it.”

Any substantial changes would require the developer to go through the rezoning process again.

“The general intent of this (concept plan) cannot be changed,” said Freitag.

Until developed, the property will remain as pasture land.

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