Stettler County’s SDAB hearing on Paradise Shores Aug. 16 was adjourned until Sept. 18 after legal counsel for RV Sites Canada requested the delay to give them time to go over almost 4,000 pages submitted by nine appellants. Stettler Independent file photo

Stettler County’s SDAB hearing on Paradise Shores Aug. 16 was adjourned until Sept. 18 after legal counsel for RV Sites Canada requested the delay to give them time to go over almost 4,000 pages submitted by nine appellants. Stettler Independent file photo

Reader urges residents ‘be informed about Paradise Shores’

Development could mean consequences for every Stettler County taxpayer, says letter writer

Dear Editor,

We attended the two-day Stettler County appeal board meeting for Paradise Shores on Sept. 19. There were 18 appellants heard.

We believe every ratepayer in the County of Stettler needs to be informed. If this recreational vehicle park/campground is allowed to be developed as is, we believe there will be grave consequences for every taxpayer in the county.

Because the county is allowing for 750 stalls to be developed with only one taxpayer, which is the owner of NE 20-40-20 W4 to pay taxes for all those residents.

Paradise Shores Traffic Impact Assessment, estimated trip generation from the development at 2,900 to 4,300 vehicle trips per day. The county has only asked for dust control on Township Road 40-2 from Hwy 835 eastward to Range Road 20-4 north to where the Summer Village of White Sands has applied calcium.

We have already seen this summer, when it rains, it is slime to drive on and when it is dry it is full of washboards. Paradise Shores has applied the calcium mixture twice already this summer. What will the consequences be of this salt mixture leeching into the nearby fields? There are about 170 lots leased so far, so as the road deteriorates the small amount of taxes paid by Paradise Shores will not cover the repairs to the road. So as county taxpayers we will see our tax bill increased.

At the meeting, it was stated it will be like dropping a town the size of Castor on us without any time for an increase in our infrastructure, hospital, fire and police department.

The documents presented to the appeal board can be viewed on the County of Stettler website.

Please be informed.

Jim and Jeanette Szigety,

Stettler County

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