The decision for the appeal heard in Calgary Court of Appeal into Paradise Shores development along Buffalo Lake was reserved.
The hearing was held Jan. 23 in Calgary. Developer David Hamm filed the appeal Nov. 30 after Stettler County’s Subdivision Development Appeal Board’s (SDAB) November 2018 decision to slash the size of its development from 750 to 168 sites.
The Court of Appeal office in Calgary said the decision could take “a week, a month or up to a year.”
Hamm filed the appeal Nov. 30 citing a lack of procedural fairness into Stettler County’s SDAB decision as one of the reason’s.
In his affidavit to the court, 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.”
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 saying the development didn’t comply with the environmental requirements of the Buffalo Lake Inter-municipal Development Plan.
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.
The proposed development was also opposed by a grassroots group of Buffalo Lake area residents that got more than 1,000 signatures.