The planned development of a former golf course in Rosedale has hit another stumbling block.
Bob and Norah Hamilton appeared before Drumheller town council for the second time on Monday, August 21 to ask that the land be rezoned to accomodate a cottage community that could house retirees for at least part of the year.
"We have talked a lot about we'd like to be that retirement community where people in Calgary could sell off their homes, move to Drumheller, not invest a lot of capital, have a place where they could live and perhaps do the snowbird thing. This was going to fit that need," argued Mayor Terry Yemen, who supported the bid.
A number of Rosedale residents turned out for the public hearing to speak against the proposal. While he understands their concerns, the mayor doesn't think Monday was the proper time to air them.
"The people had a number of issues that could have been dealt with through the process of permitting for the building and that," he pointed out. "What council was dealing last night with was simply a zoning change. Palliser (Regional Municipal Services) was there and they supported the zoning change."
The majority of town councillors, however, did not, with Yemen being the only 'aye' against four 'nays.'
"The issues that they were talking about would have been issues that would have been dealt with during the permitting process with the MPC (Municipal Planning Commission) when the licenses were given out," countered the mayor. "The purpose was just simply a zoning change, we got into the details, I think, a little bit too much and it was voted down."
Last October the Hamiltons appeared before council with plans for a new age campground on the Rosedale land but were defeated by a unanimous vote.