A view of the boathouse and beach area of Paradise Shores. Lisa Joy/Stettler Independent

Paradise Shores RV park proceeding in Stettler County

Construction injects millions into local economy

Work is already underway for the controverial Paradise Shores RV project in Stettler County.

Stettler County approved a development permit application for the 800 RV site project on 110 acres in the county last week.

The permit could be issued as early as July 27.

Mark Burke, vice-president, RV Sites Canada, said Phase One will be completed this year. He said the project is underway and has already injected more than $2 million into the local economy.

Roughly 360 RV sites will be developed this year and more than 200 RV sites have been leased. About 60 RVs have parked in a temporary location.

“We have several lessees from the surrounding area, including many from Stettler and area,” said Burke. “(They are from) all over basically, but primarily within a two-and-half radius.”

In March, about 400 people attended a public hearing in Stettler for the proposed high-density RV development. Twenty people spoke against the project.

The Summer Villages of Rochon and White Sands filed disputes with Stettler County over the proposed resort. It ended in May after the summer villages agreed to a reduced density of 750 RV stalls instead of 1,000.

The development was also opposed by a grassroots group of Buffalo Lake area residents led by Darrel Hicke of Calgary. He started an online petition in February that obtained more than 1,000 signatures.

In addition, both Lacombe and Camrose Counties gave Stettler County letters of concern over the project. They said the proposed development didn’t comply with the environmental requirements of the Buffalo Lake Inter-municipal Development Plan that requires any changes in land use or development avoid environmentally sensitive areas and important wildlife habitat.

Paradise Shores RV Resort is expected to also include a clubhouse, fitness area, coffee and juice bar, a swimming pool and tennis courts.

 

A family at the Paradise Shores site July 5. (Lisa Joy/Stettler Independent)

Campers at the Paradise Shores site July 5. (Lisa Joy/Stettler Independent)

Construction is ongoing at Paradise Shores. (Lisa Joy/Stettler Independent)

About 60 RV’s parked in a temporary site during development of Paradise Shores on July 5. Lisa Joy/Stettler Independent

Just Posted

Red Deer Games stuffie Waskasoo is a hit

Alberta premier gives the mascot a boost

Red Deerians encouraged to make mitten donations during the Games for those in nee

Mitts for Many drop-offs accepted at Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

Northern B.C. First Nation clan says ancient tools found at pipeline work site

THE CANADIAN PRESS HOUSTON, B.C. — Coastal GasLink says it has suspended… Continue reading

VIDEO: Community ‘comes together’ at opening ceremonies

The nation will focus its eyes on Red Deer for the next… Continue reading

Syrian chocolatier to hire, mentor refugees: ‘They come here to contribute’

ANTIGONISH, N.S. — A one-time Syrian refugee who founded a thriving Nova… Continue reading

VIDEO: Community ‘comes together’ at opening ceremonies

The nation will focus its eyes on Red Deer for the next… Continue reading

South African activists try to protect endangered pangolins

JOHANNESBURG — As World Pangolin Day is marked around the globe, Saturday,… Continue reading

Fourteen ‘dream’ homes ordered evacuated as sinkholes open in Sechelt, B.C.

Greg and Gerry Latham spent Friday morning scrambling to pack up family… Continue reading

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual assault: British newspaper

LONDON — A British newspaper says police in London are investigating an… Continue reading

Graham: U.S. should be stronger on Canadians detained in China

MUNICH — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said Friday the response by the… Continue reading

Conservative leaders to attend pro-pipeline rally in Saskatchewan

By Stephanie Taylor THE CANADIAN PRESS MOOSOMIN, Sask. — Federal Tory leader… Continue reading

Games athletes making themselves at home at RDC

Red Deer College’s campus will be home for the athletes during the 2019 Canada Winter Games

Alix resident captures beams of light near Lacombe

Lacombe, Blackfalds, Red Deer photos have since gone viral around the world

Welcome message from the mayor

On behalf of Red Deer city council, the City of Red Deer… Continue reading

Most Read