CVR holds off on Blackfoot work camp project

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November 11, 2014 1:02 PM

A proposed work camp near Onion Lake will not be going forward for the time being.

At the County of Vermilion River’s regular meeting on Nov. 4, Bylaw 14-29 for the purpose of re-designation a portion of LBP:1-9821806 being on part of NE-2-50-2-W4M from industrial (M) district to highway development (HD) District was brought forward for second and third readings. Council voted against the second reading of this bylaw.

The re-zoning was required in order to allow for the development of an open lodge work camp facility on 30 acres on the southwest side of the Hamlet of Blackfoot. During the Sept. 22 council meeting the bylaw was given first reading. On Sept. 23, an open house was held by the developers to review the project (with about 50 guests). The County of Vermilion River then held a public hearing in regards to this bylaw on Oct. 20 at the Blackfoot Hall. Members of the public were able to attend the public hearing and provide input to council – approximately 100 ratepayers attended this hearing.

In a news release, CVR council said they “(Recognize) there are many benefits to the proposed project, including infrastructure improvements to the hamlet, taxation revenues, new services for the community and provides badly needed lodging support to our booming economic region as a whole. Council, along with the planning and development department are currently developing an area structure plan for the Blackfoot region in order to clearly identify and implement future growth. This process will assist council and the hamlet to manage future growth in a structured and controlled manner.

“At the current time, the concerns from ratepayers in regards to traffic flow and strain on infrastructure and emergency services for the community will need to be addressed prior to implementing a large scale project such as a work camp.”

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