Com­mu­nity ral­lies against pro­posed Rosedale land de­vel­op­ment

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Krystin McHugh

A pub­lic hear­ing to con­sider a by­law amend­ment to re­des­ig­nate a for­mer golf course in Rosedale was held dur­ing the Town of Drumheller Coun­cil Meet­ing on Oc­to­ber 17 and was at­tended by over 50 res­i­dents from the Rosedale com­mu­nity.

The pro­posal, sub­mit­ted by Bob and No­rah Hamil­ton, is to change the land use from ur­ban tran­si­tional district to res­i­den­tial cot­tage hous­ing district.

The ur­ban tran­si­tion (UT) zone is in­tended to main­tain land that is des­ig­nated for ur­ban use. In ar­eas planned for de­vel­op­ment, tran­si­tional use may be al­lowed as long as it does not in­ter­fere with the later use of the land. The res­i­den­tial cot­tage hous­ing (R-CH) refers to land made for sea­sonal use. R-CH zones can only have two uses, com­mon build­ings such as wash­rooms or recre­ational ar­eas and small scale res­i­den­tial build­ings. Recre­ational ve­hi­cles, park mod­els are seen as dis­cre­tionary in th­ese zones.

The ap­pli­ca­tion sub­mit­ted was for a pro­posed de­vel­op­ment of 87 camp­sites, a con­ve­nience store, ad­min­is­tra­tion fa­cil­i­ties, mini golf, wa­ter park, and two large com­mer­cial tents for ac­tiv­i­ties. In­cluded in the pro­posal is a wa­ter well for ir­ri­ga­tion pur­poses. Be­cause the de­scrip­tion of R-CH zones does not in­clude any com­mer- cial use, any­thing built on this land needs to be for the res­i­dents of the land only.

Coun­cil­lor Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk said, “Zon­ing doesn’t al­low for com­mer­cial use. A wa­ter park or mini golf would be seen as com­mer­cial and that is not al­lowed in this zone.”

Pal­liser Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal Ser­vices spokesper­son Cyn­thia Cvik said, “Pal­liser rec­om­mends that Coun­cil dis­miss the pro­posal due to the na­ture of con­cern by res­i­dents in the sur­round­ing area and the con­tin­ual chang­ing of the plans for the site. Pal­liser also notes that the pro­posal should be

dis­missed be­cause it does not keep within the res­i­den­tial na­ture of this part of the com­mu­nity and the res­i­dents would be neg­a­tively im­pacted.”

Pre­ced­ing the pub­lic hear­ing, the Town of Drumheller re­ceived 47 let­ters ad­dress­ing the by­law amend­ment con­cern­ing this prop­erty. In ac­cor­dance with the proper process, on July 26 Pal­liser Mu­nic­i­pal Ser­vices pre­sented 57 let­ters of no­ti­fi­ca­tion of the pro­posal. The prop­erty has 20 parcels of land that are con­sid­ered ad­ja­cent but ac­cord­ing to lo­cal res­i­dents many more will be af­fected by this de­vel­op­ment.

At the pub­lic hear­ing many peo­ple spoke out in ob­jec­tion against the pro­posed plan.

Justin Cham­bers said, “I bought my home out there not ex­pect­ing this. My big­gest con­cern is my chil­dren. There are 10 plus kids in my cul-de­sac that would be af­fected.”

Lo­cal res­i­dent, Marnie Peter­son walked around the neigh­bour­hood to see the gen­eral tone of the com­mu­nity on the mat­ter. Marnie Peter­son said, “The gen­eral tone was very against a camp­ground and tran­sient liv­ing. Any­thing that is not per­ma­nent we are against.”

In re­sponse to Coun­cil­lor Jay Gar­butt ques­tion­ing how they will ad­dress the nu­mer­ous con­cerns, Bob Hamil­ton said they will build an eight or ten foot fence and plant lots of shrubs to help muf­fle any noise. Bob also re­as­sured the res­i­dents and coun­cil­lors that they al­ready have cut back the RV lots by 50 per­cent and plan to de­velop only the up­per level for the RV lots. The lower level would be de­signed to in­cor­po­rate a park as well as a re­cre­ation area.

Bob said, “We plan to de­velop a high end camp­ground with mini golf and wa­ter park. Ev­ery­thing will have an artis­tic flare to it.”

The Hamil­tons also said that they wanted to of­fer a com­mu­nity mem­ber­ship for ev­ery­one to gain ac­cess to the re­cre­ation ar­eas.

After the Hamil­tons re­sponded to the con­cerns and ques­tions of the com­mu­nity the pub­lic hear­ing was closed. Later, dur­ing the reg­u­lar Town Coun­cil Meet­ing, Coun­cil took the advice of Pal­liser and the con­cerns of the com­muni- ty and five coun­cil­lors ver­bally op­posed the pro­posal. The pro­posal was re­jected.

Coun­cil­lor Hansen-Zacharuk said, “I could not, in good con­science, vote in fa­vor of this so I will not be ap­prov­ing this.”

Coun­cil­lor Tom Zariski said, “I see a list of nu­mer­ous prob­lems with their plan that can’t be re­solved.”

Coun­cil unan­i­mously voted against sec­ond read­ing.

mailphoto by Krystin McHugh

More than 50 res­i­dents showed up for a pub­lic hear­ing re­gard­ing a for­mer golf course in Rosedale. Res­i­dents voiced their ob­jec­tions to the pro­posal to de­velop the land into a camp­ground and park.

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