Why did Lac Ste Anne County kill a back-to-nature campground development?

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With the state of Alberta’s economy, you would think a municipality would welcome a multimillion-dollar construction project to build a back-to-nature campground, create jobs, create business opportunities, and draw visitors.

The Nakamun Oasis campground gave each campsite betweeen 0.3 and 1.0 acres of land; every campsite was immersed in nature. The full proposal details the campground.

 

Leading up to the 07 November 2018 Council Meeting, the County and Council were highly supportive of my proposal.

The County is absolutely in favour of a campground and associated development of this nature - that’s why the redistricting to Commercial Recreation was approved. (Andrew Chell, 30 Oct)

To be very clear, Council is in favour of the majority of your proposal and recognizes that a campground is a great use of the land. Our recommendation to Council will be that the ASP be tabled, [so that] the site plan can be updated. (Andrew Chell, 05 Nov)

The proposal was killed at the 07 November meeting.

 

One issue was outstanding: the setback from the water. The tips of a few campsites extended into the 30 m setback area. (They allowed this for another campground!) I was fully prepared to make the changes, and the County knew this. It was only outstanding because I received the County's report a few days before the Council meeting. On the evening of 06 November (the night before the Council meeting), the Briefing Notes highlighted the positives of the development and contained a single recommendation: table the proposal to allow me to address the setback issue.

By the next morning, the Briefing Notes had changed. The Notes contained an additional page of text, all profoundly negative, and the recommendations was to kill the development. It died. Now the County is refusing to explain why and refusing to tell me what needs to happen to get this project approved. I have acted in good faith and have nothing to hide; the relevant records are at the bottom of this page.

 

Bias, Bad Faith, and Corruption

The press releases below show that Lac Ste Anne Administration and Council have repeatedly failed to act in the best interests of the municipality.

Lac Ste Anne County is being investigated by the Alberta Ombudsman and two regulatory associations.

If you want to see more Albertan’s working, a diversified economy, and support local business, demand the Alberta Government investigate Lac Ste Anne County. Demand Lac Ste Anne County do their part to get Albertan’s working.

 

Records

I have worked in good faith with Lac Ste Anne County, and am proud of my proposed development and my interaction with Lac Ste Anne County. Mine is a back-to-nature campground! 85 % of the land will be left in its natural state. No other form of development comes close to preserving this much nature.

Below are links to the relevant records that confirm the above statements.

Overview of the proposed campground
Area Structure Plan     the complete proposal

Briefing Notes (original)      Administration fully supportive of the proposal
Briefing Notes (revised)       an overnight change to being vehamently against the proposal

Relevant correspondence     very positive throughout the year-long development period
Unanwered correspondence

Details on the bias, bad faith, and corruption within Lac Ste Anne County