Construction at Paradise Shores in the spring of 2018. (Lisa Joy/Stettler Independent)

Appeal into Paradise Shores development in Stettler County delayed

Adjourned in Calgary Court of Appeal

Paradise Shore’s appeal into Stettler County’s Subdivision Development Appeal Board (SDAB) decision to slash the size of its development was adjourned.

David Hamm’s appeal was to be heard in Calgary Court of Appeal at the end of December but was adjourned until Jan. 23.

Hamm filed the appeal Nov. 30 citing lack of procedural fairness after Stettler County’s SDAB reduced the number from 750 to 168 sites in November 2018.

The development was first proposed as a 1,000 RV stall park but was later reduced to 750 stalls.

In his affidavit, Hamm said he had invested millions into buying the land in Stettler county for the RV park, as well as having various reports prepared and doing site preparation work. He said Paradise Shores will lose “half to two-thirds of the expected revenue from the loss of rentals of RV sites as a result of the reduction.”

READ MORE: Stettler County reduces density on controversial Paradise Shores

The proposed high-density RV park was controversial from the start.

The Summer Villages of Rochon and White sands filed objections to the development.

The counties of Lacombe and Camrose sent Stettler County letters of concern. 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.

In March, about 400 people attended a public hearing for the proposed development. Twenty people spoke against. Only the developer spoke in favour. The county received 32 letters of support and 121 submissions against.

READ MORE: Stettler County’s SDAB closes appeal process for controversial development Paradise Shores

The proposed development was also opposed by a grassroots group of Buffalo Lake area residents that started an online petition in February obtaining more than 1,000 signatures.



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

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