Planner Terminated as RV Park Debate Continues (2/4/2019)

Story by Woodall's Campground Management

At the height of the controversial Paradise Shores development, Stettler County fired its planner, according to the Eckville Echo.

County officials in Alberta confirmed that Johan van der Bank, the head of the county’s planning department, was terminated Jan. 7.

Stettler County Councilor James Nibourg, however, said the Paradise Shores development had nothing to do with van der Bank’s departure.

“No. I know that for a fact,” he said in a phone interview Feb. 1.

Coun. Nibourg said that council has one employee, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Yvette Cassidy.

“That’s the person we deal with as council,” he said, adding that it would be her decision.

Stettler County came under heavy criticism and was accused of fast-tracking the proposed Paradise Shores RV development along Buffalo Lake, north of Stettler. The project was opposed at the start when Calgary Developer David Hamm brought his plans for the 750-site RV park to the Stettler County in January 2018.

Hamm started pre-selling 35-year leases even before he submitted his application to the county.

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