Meadowlands approved for 34 RV lot expansion to existing campground

During their regular meeting Monday night, Sylvan Lake Municipal Planning Commission members:

During their regular meeting Monday night, Sylvan Lake Municipal Planning Commission members:

• approved the request of Meadowlands Golf Club to add an additional 34 fully serviced recreation vehicle sites at the most westerly boundary of the property, abutting 50th Street and west of the current sites. There are already 99 fully serviced sites on the property.

The new sites will be connected to a septic (pump out) tank and water well as a means to provide servicing, wrote Development Officer Patty Urban in her report.

Laverne Asselstine questioned whether allowing the campsites might conflict with future urban expansion in the area. Tim Schmidt, director of planning and development, said the town currently sees development stopping at Memorial Trail until water and sewer facilities can be expanded. Current facilities can only accommodate about 18,000 people.

That’s also why a proposed annexation is taking longer than anticipated, since the town has to have a plan to be able to service land it annexes.

• approved a development permit for Canadian Engineered Wood Products Ltd. which has purchased the former town shop at 1 Erickson Drive. The permit will allow the company to relocate its office and operate a sales and service outlet for building materials and warehousing.

Purchase of the land from the town is conditional on getting a development permit allowing the company to operate from the location.

• granted a side yard relaxation to allow a sunroom to be added to a manufactured home on Baywood Place. The side yard setback requirement of three metres was relaxed to 1.65 metres on the corner lot which abuts Baywood Link.

• refused an application of Lighthouse Marine for installation of a temporary 9.1 metre (30 foot) high soft sided accessory building on its property at 38 Industrial Drive which is on the southeast corner of Highway 11A and Highway 20.

Michael Walsh indicated they wanted to use the building to store boats out of the elements.

Staff requested approval for one year which was in accordance with the bylaw while the applicant requested five years.

Ken MacVicar spoke against it saying “my concern with one year is this is going to be repetitive. If we approve this, we defeat what happened in the past, I’m not in favour of this application.”

Urban said an application was approved in 1997 and three soft sided buildings remained on the property until 2008 when enforcement required them to be removed. “The general consensus was the buildings were beyond temporary after 11 years,” she said.

MacVicar stated his opposition but moved a motion approving the development to get it on the floor. None of the members voted in favour of the motion so it was defeated.

• recommended to council that Cole Way be the name of the new street located in Crestview subdivision immediately south of Pierview and just east of 50th Street. The name was chosen by Lamont Land Inc. from a list of names provided by Sylvan Lake & District Archives Society.

The name recognizes the Jack Cole family who operated Tendersweet Meat Market from 1946 to 1959 (the first two years in partnership with his brother LaVern). Cole then built a new building and operated a supermarket under the name Coles Foods Ltd. as an IGA Food Liner, until 1964. He served on council, school board, fire department, the Legion and was a charter member of the Lions Club.