Residents near a local resort in Alberta that is planning to expand are still not convinced the expansion is a good idea, according to The Sherwood Park News.
Half Moon Lake Campground and RV Resort plans to increase the 139-acre site from 235 RV site to 631 RV sites, 32 glamping sites and 10 cabins but some nearby residents believe that will impact property value, damage the ecology of the area and increase traffic and noise.
Sunchaser RV Resorts, the company which owns the property, held a public meeting at the South Cooking Lake Recreation Hall in late November.
“They made no commitments. Sunchaser’s response to our concerns were weak or vague,” explained Dr. Kevin Timoney, an ecologist and resident representing residents in the area. “Some concerns they could not address at all. In short, as a result of the meeting, our concerns have increased.”
Sunchaser, which held the public meeting voluntarily, believed the meeting went well and allowed the company to explain their plans and ease some concerns.
“We welcomed the feedback from the participants and believe we addressed several of the concerns raised and have taken others under advisement as we work thru the application with the county,” explained Rick LeBouthillier, a partner at Sunchaser RV Resorts. “All in all, we believe the meeting was productive in better understanding all sides and was done so in a responsible matter by all parties.”
LeBouthillier said common concerns raised included environmental impacts, quality of the lake and traffic.