Sandy Point project depends on water data

The construction schedule for a boat launch and marina at Sandy Point RV Resort will depend on whether the province needs additional environmental data, Lacombe County council was told on Thursday.

The construction schedule for a boat launch and marina at Sandy Point RV Resort will depend on whether the province needs additional environmental data, Lacombe County council was told on Thursday.

Gull Lake Water Quality Management Society and a pair of private landowners recently lost their appeals of Water Act approvals from Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development for the Sandy Point RV Resort being developed by Delta Land Co. on Gull Lake.

However, the resort developer is required to undertake additional environmental studies to ensure the project doesn’t harm the lake, wildlife and fisheries.

Dale Freitag, Lacombe County’s manager of planning services, said it remains to be determined if existing baseline data will satisfy Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, or whether more work needs to be done by the developer.

If there is extensive work required, construction of the inland marina entrance may have to wait until the 2014-15 winter, meaning the boat launch will not be available to county residents until 2015.

Improving lake access has been a major topic of concern at Lacombe County in recent years and another boat launch is welcomed.

Sandy Point co-developer Lance Dzaman was reluctant to speculate on what the province may do.

“Everything’s positive and moving forward in my books.”

The first 68 lots are already selling well at the resort, which will also boast a golf course and other amenities.