Council approves Wiseman Creek permit

Proposed resort development about seven years in the making may see the light of day yet.

A proposed resort development about seven years in the making may see the light of day yet.

District council recently gave its support to a development permit for a 73-unit hotel, conference and restaurant facility along Mara Lake at Wiseman Creek in Two Mile. (Coun. Janna Simons was opposed.)

Approval is subject to the owner entering into a servicing agreement, including the provision of securities totalling 125 per cent of the cost estimate for servicing and engineering works, the owner registering a blanket right-of-way on the property for hydro, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure approval and the provision of a landscaping plan, including a security totalling 125 per cent of the estimate for on-site landscaping.

During a public hearing, the only concerns raised pertained to access, which were addressed by the developer and district assistant planner Melinda Smyrl.

The district has been dealing with the Wiseman Creek development proposal since at least 2007.

An earlier plan had been for 264 apartment units, a restaurant and boat rental facilities, a swimming pool and a phased, 235-boat slip marina. The marina has also been reduced in capacity to less than 100 boat slips. There will be no boat launch.

Simons asked what the implications would be if the area were subject to flooding. Community planner Mike Marrs said the original approvals for this development site considered all the “geotechnical reports and potential hazard reports completed and it was ruled out as potential.”

Upon issuance of a building permit for the Wiseman Creek development, the district expects to collect $280,467 in development cost charges.