|Site of planned Castle Valley Campground (looking south)|
C. Davis photos
There were six people in attendance at the public hearing, four of them joint applicants and two of them citizens who spoke to council about the proposed campground development. Mitch Carpenter represented himself and the other applicants to council. Carpenter said that the development, which they intend call the Castle Valley Campground, would consist of 100 campsites, each 75 feet square in dimension. "The campground will run from mid April to mid October, weather permitting of course." Carpenter said renewable 6 month leases would be offered to their clientele, and year-round leases would not be available. He said the intent was to have a family oriented peaceful campground, and that anyone who violated the family environment of the campground would not be allowed to renew their lease. Carpenter said the natural beauty and shelter from the wind of the area coupled with its close proximity to Pincher Creek and Cowley made it an ideal location for a family getaway spot, adding that it would also bring revenue to Pincher Creek businesses and facilities and would also provide employment opportunities.
Adjacent landowner David Saganiuk spoke to council about some of his concerns about the campground. He said the density of the campground was his biggest concern. "I'm not really against having a small campground down there but I think... 200 to 500 using that land if it's fully developed to that capacity, I think that's a big change from a rural area with no neighbours to, I guess we'll be the third or fourth biggest population in the MD." Saganiuk also said the increased usage of the river was also a concern, and questioned whether the site was at risk of flooding.