Pub­lic hear­ing sched­uled for pro­posed Rosedale camp­ground

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Kyle Smylie

News last week from the own­ers of the for­mer Rosedale golf course site who want to po­ten­tially de­velop the prop­erty into a camp­ground met heavy back­lash on so­cial me­dia from res­i­dents of the small com­mu­nity.

At Mon­day’s meet­ing, Drumheller town coun­cil passed first read­ing of the pro­posed by­law amend­ment, which would see the site re­des­ig­nated as a res­i­den­tial cot­tage hous­ing district to per­mit the de­vel­op­ment of a camp­ground. This started the process of dis­cus­sions about the amend­ment and coun­cil an­nounced a pub­lic hear­ing is sched­uled for Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 17, where res­i­dents are in­vited to share their opin­ion with coun­cil be­fore the amend­ment is given a sec­ond and third and final read­ing be­fore be­ing passed. An ar­ti­cle an­nounc­ing the de­vel­oper’s in­ten­tions to be­gin work on the site ap­peared in the Au­gust 17 edi­tion of The Drumheller Mail and sparked heavy crit­i­cism and op­po­si­tion from some Rosedale res­i­dents to­ward the project. “A lot of it has to do with safety, and I’m not sure how this will af­fect the value of my home,” said nearby home­owner Mikala Cham­bers. “I al­ready can’t even take my kids for a walk here. The roads are nar­row, you’re dodg­ing Win- neba­gos and tourists who aren’t watch­ing where they’re go­ing.” “I don’t re­ally want to look at that. It’s right in my back­yard – be­tween the camp­fires and noise and ex­tra garbage, it’s not some­thing I want near my home or fam­ily,” she said, adding there are a num­ber of young chil­dren liv­ing in the neigh­bour­hood.

Res­i­dent Colleen MacDon­ald at­tended Mon­day’s coun­cil meet­ing and also op­poses the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment of the prop­erty. “We do not want to have any more in­creased traf­fic or

I don't re­ally want to look at that. It's right in my back­yard – be­tween the camp­fires and noise and ex­tra garbage, it's not some­thing I want near my home” Mikala Cham­bers Rosedale res­i­dent

tran­sient res­i­dents. I would love Rosedale to de­velop like Nacmine has. We have sev­eral camp­grounds sur­round­ing us and feel we do not wish to have any­more de­vel­oped within the res­i­den­tial area,” she said.

RA Hamil­ton, the de­vel­op­ment com­pany, said orig­i­nal plans to de­velop a year-round mo­bile home park were re­vised to a sea­sonal camp­ground after meet­ing lo­cal op­po­si­tion to a mo­bile home park. The plan was re­duced to 64 lots for RV and tent camp­ing, with plans to in­cor­po­rate an em­ployee-owned busi­ness model which would see lo­cals con­tribut­ing to the site as part own­ers. They said they in­tended to in­vest $1.75 mil­lion into the de­vel­op­ment lo­cated on ten acres of land in the north­ern area of Rosedale, which the com­pany had been sit­ting on for ten years.

“I wish Mrs. Hamil­ton well and hope she finds a so­lu­tion to the prob­lem here and we can all come to agree with it,” said Cham­bers. “I don’t think she should have to sit on a lovely prop­erty and do noth­ing. But I also don’t think we should all have to deal with the in­evitable is­sues that would come with a huge pro­duc­tion like that.”

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Res­i­dents op­posed to the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment of uled for Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 17. a camp­ground in Rosedale will have their chance to have their voices heard at a pub­lic hear­ing sched-

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