Appeal No. 00-021-023, 00-025-027, 00-032, and 00-036-R

 

Dates of Mediation - September 19 and 21, 2000
Date of Report and Recommendations -October 5, 2000

 

IN THE MATTER OF sections 84, 85, 87, 92 and 93 of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, S.A. 1992, c.E-13.3;

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IN THE MATTER OF appeals filed by Mr. Frank Cowles, Mr. Ernie Semeniuk, Mr. Kevin Fenemor, Mr. John Ludwig on behalf of the Summer Villages of Sundance Beach and Golden Days, Mr. John Turgeon, Mr. Marcel Normandeau, Dr. Larry Eberlein, Ms. Jane Nagy, and Ms. Roberta McLaughlin on behalf of herself, Mr. Gerald McLaughlin, Mr. Brinton McLaughlin and Ms. Jennifer Binnendyke with respect to Water Act Approval 00073615-00-00 issued to Sunset Harbour Developments by the Manager, Regional Support, Parkland Region, Alberta Environment.

Cite as: Cowles et al. v. Manager, Regional Support, Parkland Region, Alberta Environment, re: Sunset Harbour Developments Ltd.

 

MEDIATION MEETING BEFORE

 Dr. Steve E. Hrudey

APPEARANCES

Appellants: Mr. Frank Cowles, Mr. Ernie Semeniuk representing himself and Mr. Kevin Fenemor, Mr. John Ludwig representing the Summer Villages of Sundance Beach and Golden Days, Mr. John Turgeon, Mr. Marcel Normandeau, Dr. Larry Eberlein, Ms. Jane Nagy, and Ms. Roberta McLaughlin.

Department: Mr. Peter Stevens, Mr. Vance Buchwald, Ms. Angela Fulton, Alberta Environment, represented by Mr. Grant Sprague, Alberta Justice.

Approval Holder: Mr. Rick Wilson, Ms. Rose Wilson, Ms. Barb Dreichel, Mr. E. Dreichel, Mr. Rick Pattenden, Mr. Henning Rasmussen, Sunset Harbour Developments Ltd. represented by Mr. Bruce Collingwood, Sharek Reay.

Board: Ms. Sheryl Kozyniak, Executive Director, Ms. Valerie Higgins, Hearing Officer.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. BACKGROUND 1
II. THE MEDIATION MEETING/SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE 3
III. RECOMMENDATIONS 4
IV. DRAFT MINISTERIAL ORDER 6
 

I. BACKGROUND

[1] On April 19, 2000, the Manager, Regional Support, Parkland Region, Alberta Environment (the "Director") issued Approval 00073615-00-00 under the Water Act to Sunset Harbour Developments Ltd. (the "Approval Holder"). The Approval authorizes the Approval Holder to construct a marina and stormwater management works at Pigeon Lake in the SW 12-47-02-W5 subject to certain conditions.

[2] Notices of Appeal were received on May 5, 2000 from Mr. Frank Cowles, on May 8, 2000 from Mr. Ernie Semeniuk and Mr. Kevin Fenemor, on May 10, 2000 from Mr. John Ludwig on Behalf of the Summer Villages of Sundance Beach and Golden Days, and Mr. John Turgeon, Mr. Marcel Normandeau and Dr. Larry Eberlein, on May 18, 2000 from Ms. Jane Nagy, and on May 24, 2000 from Mr. Roberta McLaughlin on behalf of herself, Mr. Gerald McLaughlin, Mr. Brinton McLaughlin and Ms. Jennifer Binnendyke.

[3] The Board wrote to the Appellants acknowledging receipt of their Notices of Appeal, and also wrote to the Director requesting that he provide copies of all related correspondence, documents and materials related to this matter. The Board also provided the Approval Holder with copies of the Notices of Appeal.

[4] According to standard practice, the Board wrote to the Natural Resources Conservation Board (the "NRCB") and the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (the "AEUB") asking whether this matter had been the subject of a hearing or review under their respective Boards' legislation. Replies were subsequently received from both the NRCB and the AEUB stating that neither Board held a hearing or review.

[5] The Board received the documents requested from the Director and forwarded them to the parties on June 8, 2000 with the exception of Mr. Turgeon, Mr. Normandeau and Dr. Eberlein. These parties indicated to the Board that they did not want an entire copy of the documents. In the Board's letter of June 16, 2000 copies of specific documents received from the Director were forwarded to Mr. Turgeon, Mr. Normandeau and Dr. Eberlein as requested. On June 8, 2000, the Board requested that a copy the documents be placed in the offices of the Summer Villages.

[6] On June 16, 2000, the Board requested in its letter that all parties provided their available dates for a mediation meeting.

[7] On June 16, 2000, the Board received a submission from Dr. Eberlein containing the terms and conditions imposed by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. The Board stated in its letter :

"It is also the Board's understanding that you have identified conflicts between this authorization and the document issued by Alberta Environment. Some questions have been raised regarding this document. Would you please provide a further explanation regarding this document…."

Dr. Eberlein responded to the Board via e-mail on June 27, 2000.

[8] The Board, on June 23, 2000, requested all parties provide available dates for a pre-mediation meeting. On June 27, 2000, the Board advised the parties that a pre-mediation meeting would be held on June 29, 2000 at the Board's office. However, on June 29, 2000 due to scheduling difficulties of the Appellants, the Board advised that it would not proceed to a pre-mediation meeting.

[9] The Board received a letter of June 26, 2000 from Sunset Harbour Developments Ltd. In the letter, Sunset Harbour Development's Ltd. acknowledged the Appellants' concerns, and advised that they had worked closely with all levels of government with regards to design standards and environmental regulations. They went on to say that the grading contract does not include channel dredging on the lake side excavation along the shoreline or shore protection, as this work is scheduled for next year, and that they would have preferred to meet with the Appellants prior to the start of construction scheduled to commence July 15, 2000. In closing, Sunset Harbour Developments Ltd. advised that meeting the Appellants prior to the commencement of construction would have been preferable, however, they could not "under the circumstances justify a further delay in construction." The Board forwarded this letter to the parties on July 4, 2000.

[10] On July 4, 2000, the Board received a letter from the Summer Villages of Sundance Beach and Golden Days expressing concern with the commencement of the work prior to the meeting with the Appellants. Then, on August 14, 2000, the Board wrote to all the parties, asking Mr. Ludwig "to confirm whether this statement of concern constitutes a request for a stay of any further work by the development until a meeting between the parties to the appeal is arranged." The Board then went on to propose a two day mediation process with the first day for presentations by the Approval Holder and the Director with questions to follow. The second day would allow parties to convene discussions in an effort to resolve the appeals.

[11] On August 30, 2000, the Board advised that a two-day mediation meeting/settlement conference would proceed on September 19 and 21, 2000 at the Board's office. An advertisement was placed in the Edmonton Journal on September 8, 2000, the Wetaskiwin Times on September 11, and the Leduc Representative on September 15, 2000.

II. THE MEDIATION MEETING/SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE

[12] Pursuant to section 11 of the Environmental Appeal Board Regulations, A.R. 114/93, the Board conducted a mediation meeting/settlement conference in Edmonton, Alberta, on September 19 and 21, 2000, with Dr. Steve Hrudey as presiding Board member.

[13] According to the Board's standard practice, the Board called the mediation meeting to facilitate through settlement conference the resolution of these appeals; or failing that, to structure procedural arrangements for the oral hearing. The Board invited representatives from each party to participate in the mediation meeting/settlement conference.

[14] In conducting the mediation meeting/settlement conference, Dr. Hrudey reviewed the appeal and mediation process and explained the purpose of the mediation meeting. He then circulated copies of the "Participants' Agreement to Mediation" and all participants signed.

[15] Following productive and detailed discussions, a resolution evolved and parties signed the attached settlement (pages 10 to 13 of this report).

III. RECOMMENDATIONS

[16] The Board recommends that the Minister of Environment vary Approval No. 00073615 in accordance with the Resolution contained herein. Attached for the Minister's consideration is a draft Ministerial Order implementing this recommendation.

[17] Further, with respect to section 92(2) and 93 of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, the Board recommends that copies of this Report and Recommendations and of any decision by the Minister be sent to the following parties:

 

Dated on October 5, 2000, at Edmonton, Alberta.

Dr. Steve E. Hrudey


IV. DRAFT MINISTERIAL ORDER

Ministerial Order
/2000

Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act S.A. 1992, c.E13.3

Water Act
S.A. 1996, c.w-3.5

Order Respecting EAB Appeal Nos. 00-021 to 023, 00-025 to 027, 00-032, and 00-036

I, Halvar Jonson, Minister of Environment, pursuant to section 92(1) of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, S.A. 1992, c.E-13.3, make the order in the attached Appendix.

Dated at the City of Edmonton in the Province of Alberta, this ____ day of ___________, 2000.

Halvar Jonson
Minister of Environment



Draft Appendix

Order Respecting EAB Appeal Nos. 00-021 to 023, 00-025 to 00-027, 00-032, and 00-036

The decision of the Director, Mr. Kenn Looten, Manager Regional Support, Parkland Region, Alberta Environment, to issue Approval 00073615-00-00 under the Water Act, S.A. 1996, c.W-3.5, to Sunset Harbour Developments Ltd. on April 19, 2000 is varied as follows:

1. THAT Approval Condition No. 2 is amended by adding the following at the end of the Condition:

"The approval holder shall ensure the activity is in accordance with these plans and/or reports, with the following modifications to the reports:

a) There will be no commercial fueling station at the marina. Boat owners must fill their boats in an enclosed area alongside the marina.

b) The marina lagoon will be common property of the Condominium Corporation. The marina slips/moorage will be owned and operated by the approval holder and will be attached to Lot 22. Lots 22 and 23 will be retained by the approval holder for the time being for development as commercial properties.

c) The general public will not have access to the boat launch. The boat launch will be for boaters holding slips in the marina only. The boat launch will be gated and locked when not in use. Signage at Secondary Road 771 will inform the public that the Development Access Road is a private road.

d) The approval holder, in conjunction with the Condominium Corporation Board of Directors, will appoint a harbourmaster to oversee, regulate, and enforce the rules of the marina, including conditions imposed by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans ("DFO") for the construction and operation of the marina.

e) Signs at the marina entrance channel will inform the boating public that the marina is for residents of the condominium, boat club members, and their guests only.

f) The Stormwater Management Plan will include three settling ponds rather than four, but will have the same overall capacity for stormwater collection._The Stormwater Management Plan will be designed to ensure that storm water runoff will not overflow into the adjacent unnamed creek at the northwest corner of the development.

g) The approval holder shall grade in accordance with the Grading Plan dated June 16, 2000."

2. THAT Approval Condition No. 5 is amended to read that:

"The approval holder will not conduct construction activities in the waters of Pigeon Lake between April 1 and July 15".

3. THAT Approval Condition No. 10 is amended by adding at the end of the Condition that:

"The north bank of the 1000 sq. m. section of the Habitat Conservation Area will be bermed to an elevation equal to the existing natural berm located at the northeast corner survey pin, at a top width of one meter. The toe of the slope will be located on the north boundary of the development. The approval holder will construct a four-wire barbed fence on the leading edge of the constructed berm, from the end of the existing corner post to the existing natural berm at the lakeshore, all being subject to approval by DFO Canada. The adjacent landowner agrees to grant access to the approval Holder to complete the above. The approval holder agrees to submit to the Director ?as built? drawings of the development, including the modified 1000 sq. m. Habitat Conservation Area".

4. THAT Approval Condition No. 11 is amended by adding at the end of the Condition that:

"Buoys will be placed along the entire length of the Habitat Conservation Area at a distance of 30 meters from shore. Buoys will be placed at a distance further from shore if allowed by the Canadian Coast Guard. Signs will be posted on the trail along the Habitat Conservation Area, directed at both boaters and users of the trail, indicating that access to the Habitat Conservation Area is prohibited".

5. THAT Approval Condition No. 13 is amended by deleting the phrase "adjoining the lakeshore".


Ministerial Order
82/2000

Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act S.A. 1992, c.E13.3

Water Act
S.A. 1996, c.w-3.5

Order Respecting EAB Appeal Nos. 00-021 to 023, 00-025 to 027, 00-032, and 00-036

I, Halvar Jonson, Minister of Environment, pursuant to section 92(1) of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, S.A. 1992, c.E-13.3, make the order in the attached Appendix.

Dated at the City of Edmonton in the Province of Alberta, this 18th day of October, 2000.

Halvar Jonson
Minister of Environment


Appendix

Order Respecting EAB Appeal Nos. 00-021 to 023, 00-025 to 00-027, 00-032, and 00-036

The decision of the Director, Mr. Kenn Looten, Manager Regional Support, Parkland Region, Alberta Environment, to issue Approval 00073615-00-00 under the Water Act, S.A. 1996, c.W-3.5, to Sunset Harbour Developments Ltd. on April 19, 2000 is varied as follows:

1. THAT Approval Condition No. 2 is amended by adding the following at the end of the Condition:

"The approval holder shall ensure the activity is in accordance with these plans and/or reports, with the following modifications to the reports:

a) There will be no commercial fueling station at the marina. Boat owners must fill their boats in an enclosed area alongside the marina.

b) The marina lagoon will be common property of the Condominium Corporation. The marina slips/moorage will be owned and operated by the approval holder and will be attached to Lot 22. Lots 22 and 23 will be retained by the approval holder for the time being for development as commercial properties.

c) The general public will not have access to the boat launch. The boat launch will be for boaters holding slips in the marina only. The boat launch will be gated and locked when not in use. Signage at Secondary Road 771 will inform the public that the Development Access Road is a private road.

d) The approval holder, in conjunction with the Condominium Corporation Board of Directors, will appoint a harbourmaster to oversee, regulate, and enforce the rules of the marina, including conditions imposed by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans ("DFO") for the construction and operation of the marina.

e) Signs at the marina entrance channel will inform the boating public that the marina is for residents of the condominium, boat club members, and their guests only.

f) The Stormwater Management Plan will include three settling ponds rather than four, but will have the same overall capacity for stormwater collection._The Stormwater Management Plan will be designed to ensure that storm water runoff will not overflow into the adjacent unnamed creek at the northwest corner of the development.

g) The approval holder shall grade in accordance with the Grading Plan dated June 16, 2000."

2. THAT Approval Condition No. 5 is amended to read that:

"The approval holder will not conduct construction activities in the waters of Pigeon Lake between April 1 and July 15".

3. THAT Approval Condition No. 10 is amended by adding at the end of the Condition that:

"The north bank of the 1000 sq. m. section of the Habitat Conservation Area will be bermed to an elevation equal to the existing natural berm located at the northeast corner survey pin, at a top width of one meter. The toe of the slope will be located on the north boundary of the development. The approval holder will construct a four-wire barbed fence on the leading edge of the constructed berm, from the end of the existing corner post to the existing natural berm at the lakeshore, all being subject to approval by DFO Canada. The adjacent landowner agrees to grant access to the approval Holder to complete the above. The approval holder agrees to submit to the Director "as built" drawings of the development, including the modified 1000 sq. m. Habitat Conservation Area".

4. THAT Approval Condition No. 11 is amended by adding at the end of the Condition that:

"Buoys will be placed along the entire length of the Habitat Conservation Area at a distance of 30 meters from shore. Buoys will be placed at a distance further from shore if allowed by the Canadian Coast Guard. Signs will be posted on the trail along the Habitat Conservation Area, directed at both boaters and users of the trail, indicating that access to the Habitat Conservation Area is prohibited".

5. THAT Approval Condition No. 13 is amended by deleting the phrase "adjoining the lakeshore".

 

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