Sylvan Lake Town Council on Monday night adopted an outline plan that proposes a recreational resort to be developed adjacent to Meadowlands Golf Club in Sylvan Lake.
The Meadowlands Resort Outline Plan’s development concept proposes changes to lands on the west half of the golf course, including expanding the existing campground from 90 to 120 sites, converting the driving range into a 100-unit resort recreational condo facility, a neighbourhood commercial site and 65 lots for single-family residences and duplexes.
Council agreed to accept cash in lieu of 10 per cent Municipal Reserve dedication, with 7.3 per cent proposed in the plan. Town staff say the plan shows an acceptable layout with an adequate amount of open space and seasonal uses.
Council also added to the motion the provision of a buffering plan, with some councillors having expressed concern with the proposed development’s proximity to Highway 11 and Memorial Trail.
“In terms of having a residential property right beside a major highway … I foresee that could (create) some potential problems down the road,” said Coun. Christina Lust.
Mayor Sean McIntyre agreed that “buffering is extremely important” in such cases.
“If a buffer is not completed in the development stage, residents come to us and ask to put it in afterward,” he said. “We’ve experienced that several times in the last few years, so I do think that it is wise.”
The plan in its entirety can be viewed online at www.sylvanlake.ca/uploads/Meadowlands_Outline_Plan.pdf.