RV Sites Canada withdrew its application for a 24-hour work permit at its proposed Paradise Shores RV Resort development.
The County of Stettler council held a special meeting Feb. 28 and discussed in-camera RV Sites Canada’s request for a 24-hour work permit for a three to four-week period to prepare the site for development. After the session, however, no motion was needed.
“RV Sites Canada voluntarily withdrew their application for a 24-hour permit,” County of Stettler Director of Communications Niki Thorsteinsson, said after the in-camera session. They will adhere to the county’s noise bylaw.
Stettler Fire Chief Mark Dennis told council that his biggest concern with this development is access for all emergency personnel and said that an access road to White Sands should be created.
He added that this area would be best location for a fire station in the future.
“The road has to be a road capable of (handling) emergency service vehicles.”
Coun. Ernie Gendre said the county needs to determine how much taxes this development will generate before earmarking funds towards road development in the area.
“I would hate like heck to commit x amount of dollars if the tax isn’t there and we are left holding the bag.”
County of Stettler Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Yvette Cassidy said staff is meeting with the assessor and will have those numbers by the end of the week.
County of Stettler Director of Planning and Development Johan van der Bank told council that Lacombe County called a meeting of the members of the Buffalo Lake Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP). He added that if one member municipality opposes the development it could delay the project because of the mandatory 60-day dispute process in the IDP.
The five municipalities that border Buffalo Lake include County of Stettler, Lacombe County, Camrose County and the Summer Villages of Rochon Sands and White Sands.