Stettler County and Paradise Shores remain at standstill

No timeline as to when 220 leases can return to Buffalo Lake

By Jessica Jones For the Advance

With summer wrapping up in a few weeks it remains unclear when 220 lease holders of the Paradise Shores development can return to Buffalo Lake.

Niki Thorsteinsson, County of Stettler director of communications, and Shawna Benson, legislative services advisor, say that Paradise Shores has not yet met the conditions of approval outlined by the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB).

The stop order issued by the county on May 17th, 2019, remains in effect.

“You know, the ball is in their court at the moment,” Thorsteinsson said. “If they can meet the terms of compliance, and we have a look, then we can get 168 units there, but at this point we are at a standstill.”

Prior to the Provincial Court of Appeal decision on July 12th, which sided with the a decision made by Stettler County’s development appeal board, ordering Paradise Shores to reduce the density of stalls at the controversial RV park, the developer was attempting to push forward with the outdoor portion of its plans, applying for a Recreational Facility — Outdoor permit.

That too was taken to the SDAB for appeal and was deemed incomplete.

In addition, Thorsteinsson and Benson say the county received yet another application for development on July 9th for Recreation Facility — Outdoor with a different dominate land use.

“But we can’t determine the dominate land use until we get a complete application,” Thorsteinsson said.

In a letter to Paradise Shores, Stettler County states that the, “Development Authority has reviewed the documentation provided and finds that it is insufficient to properly evaluate the application.”

Stettler County says before the application can be properly reviewed a complete site plan, which includes a number of details, such as off-street parking and loading requirements, applications and approvals from Alberta Heath Services and Alberta Environment and Parks, safety code permits, a landscaping plan, an emergency response plan, just to name a few, are required.

Paradise Shores has until Sept. 30th, 2019 to submit a complete application.


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