Rural Campground Considering Boujee Condo Upgrade

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It could be the first of its kind in the department.

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The Kawtikh Resort Area Structure Plan (ASP) could see Kawtikh Retreat and Campground transformed from 55 campsites into a mixed-use area of ​​60 resort sites, which would be a combination of recreational condos and glamping campgrounds.

This would be the first development under the new SRR1 – Seasonal Recreation Resort 1 District – development which allows for a different ownership model for the resort through the conversion of the existing campground into a seasonal recreation resort, which would consider a future subdivision in condominium with bare hands. This type of SPA was created in the Land Use Regulations with a council amendment in September 2020.

Resort cabins would be limited to a maximum size of 530 square feet. In addition to the currently existing living unit/security operator, maintenance shop, BBQ centre, showers and play area, ASP approval would allow for uses scale communal resort facilities such as an office and general store or laundromat.

A Strathcona County map of the Kawtikh Retreat and Campground.  Chart provided
A Strathcona County map of the Kawtikh Retreat and Campground. Chart provided

The proposed PSA has attracted a lot of attention from those who live along Range Road 205, located just north of Lake Hastings.

Thirteen people, two of whom spoke in favor of the promoter, registered for the public hearing on April 5 in the council chambers. Two additional written briefs were also provided to councillors.

For the property’s neighbors, who have alpacas, cattle, and horses, visitors to the campground have been a pain in recent years because the site lacks proper security and supervision.

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Residents said users of the municipal camp wandered onto their property without permission and traffic became a problem on the quiet road. There have also been instances where neighbors have been forced off the roads into ditches when moving their animals due to rude motorists.

However, in its presentation to council, the county’s Department of Planning and Development Services stressed that it does not expect a “substantial” increase in traffic if this ASP is approved. Additionally, he said fewer transient visitors would be in the area with the condo development.

With sympathy, Ward 7 Coun. Glen Lawrence wondered if the speed limit could be reduced to 50 km/h along the road. This is something the administration has said it will look into.

Residents were also upset that they weren’t allowed to subdivide their land for sale, but this condo developer can subdivide it and sell it to 60 different owners.

Examples of how the developer will upgrade condos at Kawtikh Retreat and Campground.  Chart via Strathcona County Live Stream
Examples of how the developer will upgrade condos at Kawtikh Retreat and Campground. Chart via Strathcona County Live Stream

The plan was supported by the administration as it would cultivate economic diversification and provide a business-friendly environment for the county. Additionally, this ASP would also align with the County’s 2020 Tourism Strategy.

Developer Brad Ferguson bought the site 15 years ago with the intention of turning it into a “tourist gem”. He said the goal was to have half the site dedicated to condos and the other half to glamping.

“I hope it brings pride to the community,” he told the council.

Sara McCartney, a planning consultant speaking in favor of the ASP for Kawtikh, told the council that the APS would increase the size of each site as well as the cabins allowed from 301 square feet to 530 square feet. The 60-site plan would be rolled out gradually, but a tourist RV campground will continue until the sites are sold.

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An ASP proposal sign is displayed outside the front gate of Kawtikh Retreat and Campground, just north of Lake Hastings.  Lindsay Morey/News Team
An ASP proposal sign is displayed outside the front gate of Kawtikh Retreat and Campground, just north of Lake Hastings. Lindsay Morey/News Team

No clearing would be required, McCartney confirmed, and the water supply would be shut off during the winter months to ensure seasonal use. The developer has also fully supported the speed change and is committed to working with residents on other traffic issues.

Ferguson has also pledged to hire other security personnel to guard the site gate on weekends so that any issues that arise can be resolved more quickly.

“It will be something to embrace and embrace,” he said.

The ASP received the council’s first reading earlier this month in a 7-0 vote (Councillors Dave Anderson and Katie Berghofer were absent). Now the plan will be sent to the Edmonton Metropolitan Regional Council for further approval before returning to council for further debate at second reading.

Lawrence noted that the county needs to be mindful of how it approaches future tourism opportunities.

“Sometimes we get ahead of ourselves. These types of actions will have impacts on residents who have lived there for years and who will continue to live there,” he noted. “Yes, we are moving in one direction. different for the county, but we need to know the impacts on the quality of life of the people who live there.”

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