The Paradise Shores development has attempted to obtain a different land use permit, but have hit more roadblocks as the county and SDAB have ruled this latest application is incomplete. File photo

Stettler County and Paradise Shores remain at standstill

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

  • Aug. 15, 2019 9:30 a.m.

As summer wraps, it remains unclear when 220 lease holders at the Paradise Shores development can return to Buffalo Lake.

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

A stop order issued by the county on May 17 and 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.”

The developer had been attempting to push ahead with its outdoor plans through an application for a recreational facility permit. However on July 12, the Alberta Court of Appeal decision was released and went against Paradise Shores. That meant the development had to comply with the SDAB’s reduction of the number of stalls.

Addtionally though, the county denied the permit and a subsequent SDAB ruling deemed the application incomplete.

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

In a letter to Paradise Shores, the county stated the, “development authority has reviewed the documentation provided and finds that it is insufficient to properly evaluate the application.”

The county also outlined that a complete site plan, with details such as off-street parking and loading requirements, would be needed before the permit application could be properly reviewed.

As well, applications and approvals from Alberta Heath Services and Alberta Environment and Parks plus safety code permits, a landscaping plan and an emergency response plan would also be required.

Paradise Shores has until Sept. 30 to submit their complete application.

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