Neighbours opposed to RV resort
Turner Valley: Council discusses land designation
By: Tammy Rollie
| Posted: Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 08:38 am
A group of Turner Valley residents are determined to put a stop to plans to build a recreational vehicle resort in their neighbourhood.
Millarville-area developer Strong Way has proposed a 263 site RV resort on 50 acres along the Sheep River north of the Bailey Ridge subdivision.
So far, town council granted first reading to a request by the developer to redesignate the land for recreational use and it’s expected to go back to council for a final decision on Feb. 18.
Sandra Codd, whose Bailey Ridge home backs onto the proposed site, told town council she will sell her home if they approve rezoning the site.
“If I would have known it was going to be zoned for recreational vehicles I wouldn’t have moved here,” she said, adding she moved to Bailey Ridge six months ago.
Codd is one of seven residents who attended the Turner Valley Town Council committee of the whole meeting on Feb. 3 to speak to councillors about the RV park. They were told they have to wait until council’s regular meeting on Feb. 18 to do so.
Decalta Road resident John Plowman is opposed to the plan and sent emails to about 80 neighbours the weekend prior to the Feb. 3 meeting to encouraging his neighbours to attend the meeting.
The first reading to designate the land for recreation purposes was passed by Turner Valley council in September, followed by an open house and November public hearing allowing area residents to express possible concerns. More than 50 people attended the public hearing stating concerns about potential loss of wildlife, noise pollution, stress on infrastructure, increased traffic and safety including the risk of fire and flood and the ability for people to get out of the area in the event of a disaster.
In response to the concerns, town council established a list of conditions to be met by the developer before the second reading can be passed. The conditions state the developer must be responsible for storm water management, pedestrian access to downtown Turner Valley, provide a municipal environmental impact statement, create design guidelines in conjunction with the Town to ensure the site doesn’t deteriorate and host another open house.
Coun. Barry Williamson asked town planner Matthew Atkinson if the developer is aware of the conditions and was told he is. He then questioned the purpose of another public meeting when residents’ concerns have already been expressed and addressed in the conditions.
Coun. Barry Crane asked if the developer should provide a report on the conditions of soil at the site, but was told by Atkinson that such a report must be provided at the subdivision stage.
Although those who attended the meeting were unable to talk to council, Mayor Kelly Tuck met with them afterwards to hear their concerns.
Codd, who moved to the community for a quieter lifestyle and is concerned that 250 fire pits could affect her husband’s asthma, asked how residents can stop the designation process.
Tuck responded the process has to go through council for a decision.
Plowman said he and his neighbours will attend the Feb. 18 meeting to express their concerns to council before the decision is made.