The people behind a failed housing development in Rosedale are still trying to figure out what went wrong.
Bob and Norah Hamilton appeared before Drumheller Town Council on August 21 asking to rezone the property from urban transitional district to residential cottage housing district.
They want to build 60 small homes designed for self sufficient seniors or snowbirds who would live there at least half the year, but councillors turned down the rezoning request by a vote of 4-1.
"I came away feeling that I obviously didn't clarify what the project was," lamented Bob Hamilton. "We were so excited about it and really felt that we had a project that was going to work for the community so everybody was going to win on this one."
The Hamiltons made a similar zoning change request in October, 2016 that would have established a new age campground. That was also defeated in a council vote and Bob isn't sure everyone was aware how different this proposal is from the first one.
"Because of the smaller nature of the lots there are more lots, but we're only developing half of the acreage," he pointed out. "There's 10 1/2 acres there: we're only developing five of those 10 1/2: the lower five acres was going to be developed into park."
The original campground request drew howls of protest from neighbors, with a grand total of 87 letters of opposition. This time, there were only seven letters.
Under the Municipal Government Act a developer has to wait one calendar year before resubmitting a rezoning application for the same project.
"We've decided that we'll wait a year," stated Bob Hamilton. "We're just going to regroup and hopefully be able to help the community understand exactly what we're trying to do, which is permanent housing. It'll simply be a smaller scale housing and will appeal to senior citizens and snowbirds."
To learn more about the proposed development follow this link.

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