1,500-Lot Alberta RV Resort Moving Forward

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January 18, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

Developers behind a proposed 1,500-lot RV resort on Gull Lake in central Alberta said reviews by provincial departments have not put any roadblocks in the way of the development.

Lance Dzaman said officials from several departments, including Alberta Environment, toured the property last year to see the 750-acre site and get updated on development plans, according to the Red Deer Advocate.

“They put some questions to us that we had to take back to our engineers,” he said. “If there are concerns, we’ll answer them before we go any further.”

Dzaman said the rules and regulations are in place and it is just a question of designing the project to meet those standards.

Lacombe County, where the project is located, has encouraged the developers to meet with provincial departments to iron out issues such as the treatment of sewage and the project’s impact on the environment. Sandy Point would include a 27-hole golf course and a marina.

Alberta Environment wants the county to take long-term responsibility for the communal wastewater systems that proposed RV resorts will require to ensure they remain viable.

The Sandy Point project has several options for disposing of wastewater.

It could be piped to Bentley for treatment, and returned to use for irrigation, or an onsite treatment plant could be built.

The province and the developers want to know Lacombe County’s preferred option.

Then, a final concept plan can be developed to present to the council.

The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans has also reviewed early concept plans.

A department biologist said he could only offer general advice at this stage.

Only the entrance and exit areas for the marina should be dredged and a riparian buffer maintained around the lake.

Meanwhile, county council has voted to hold another public hearing on Feb. 11 at 9 a.m. in council chambers on changes to the Recreation Vehicle Resort District regulations in the county’s land-use bylaw.

The county has been struggling with finding the best way to allow three-season RV resorts to be developed while putting measures in place to discourage them from becoming permanent communities.

For instance, it has been proposed that permanent foundations and basements be banned and the size of accessory buildings restricted to stop them from becoming garages or additional living spaces.

A public hearing on an earlier set of changes was held in the spring and generated a number of concerns from the public who feared the resorts would become over-developed.

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