Buffalo Lake South Shore Intermunicipal Development Plan Mediation Process Moving Forward

Joint press release from the County of Stettler, the Summer Village of Rochon Sands and the Summer Village of White Sands February 19, 2021 @ 5:02pm published February 20, 2021 at 10:05am


County of Stettler and the Summer Villages of Rochon Sands and White Sands move towards public consultation.


The County of Stettler, the Summer Village of Rochon Sands and Summer Village of White

Sands have mutually agreed to move towards public consultation with the idea of replacing the Buffalo Lake South Shore Intermunicipal Development Plan.


The County of Stettler has developed and presented an Area Structure Plan (ASP) to the

mediation committee, which outlines future use of County of Stettler lands, and has presented

options for what the Summer Villages could institute to replace the Buffalo Lake South Shore

Intermunicipal Development Plan (BLSSIDP).


An ASP is a detailed document which proposes a sequence of development for an area, the

future land uses, the density of population, the general location of transportation and public

utilities. The proposed ASP would guide the County of Stettler’s future development along the

south shore of Buffalo Lake. It would release all three members from the Buffalo Lake South

Shore Intermunicipal Development Plan. The BLSSIDP was scheduled to be reviewed in 2018.


All three municipalities would continue to be guided by the Buffalo Lake Intermunicipal

Development Plan (BLIDP) of which all are current members. Intermunicipal Development Plans tend to be cumbersome and onerous to regularly review and update with all parties.


The County of Stettler continues to invest, trust in and follow the BLSSIDP mediation process alongside our municipal neighbors at the Summer Village of White Sands and the Summer Village of Rochon Sands. We believe we are all responsible, as municipal leaders, to foster the future development of the south shore of Buffalo Lake. Recreation in Alberta is at a premium, especially in the midst of the current COVID pandemic. So many families are looking to recreate safely within our provincial borders, and our goal is to provide for safe, responsible, sequential development which will allow and support access for all. We look forward to obtaining feedback on our draft Area Structure Plan to determine how we may best move forward. - Larry Clarke, Reeve, County of Stettler

The Summer Village of White Sands is moving ahead with the mediation and is waiting for the frame work for public consultation to be completed for White Sands to present to their ratepayers. - Lorne Thurston, Mayor, Summer Village of White Sands

After a productive mediation process the Summer Village of Rochon Sands is eager to proceed with our surrounding municipalities in developing Area Structure Plans (ASP) that will ensure a prosperous future for all people. Dan Hiller, Mayor, Summer Village of Rochon Sands


Next steps include:

• The County of Stettler proceeding towards developing a comprehensive public

participation plan and input gathering process for County of Stettler landowners and

residents to review and revise the County’s proposed Area Structure Plan.

o Sharing the ASP with the Buffalo Lake Intermunicipal Development Plan

partners, including Lacombe County and Camrose County

o Sharing ASP with County of Stettler South Shore Community Association

Executives and commercial lake developments to obtain initial input in order to

develop a public consultation plan

o Consultations will help inform and further prepare presentation materials for the

public

• The Summer Village of Rochon Sands will develop an independent but complementary

public consultation process with residents and landowners of the Summer Village of

Rochon Sands.

• The Summer Village of White Sands will develop an independent but complementary

public consultation process with residents and landowners of the Summer Village of

White Sands.

The Buffalo Lake South Shore Intermunicipal Development Plan mediation committee meets

again March 11 and 12, 2021.


Next steps for the mediation committee include:

• Sharing feedback on initial public consultations

• Developing a communications framework and establishing joint messaging

• Developing complementary public consultation plans to provide residents with an

opportunity to provide detailed input


In 2020, the Councils of the County of Stettler, the Summer Villages of Rochon Sands and White Sands engaged in mediation, Stage 4 of the dispute resolution process as outlined in the BLSSIDP. Mediation was recessed on September 25, 2020 to allow all parties to appropriately review current plans, look towards the future and allow time for a consultant for the County of Stettler to complete an Area Structure Plan, which was reviewed by the mediation committee in January 2021.


Opportunities will be provided for the general public to provide feedback to their respective

municipal councils in the weeks following the scheduled March mediations.