In a decision released September 3, 1992, the Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB) announced that it was prepared to grant approval to Kan-Alta Golf Management Ltd. for the construction of an 18-hole golf course in the Evan Thomas Creek area of Kananaskis Country, subject to authorization by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. The development was reviewed by the NRCB as a result of it being a "recreational or tourism project" as defined in the NRCB Act.
The application was considered at a hearing on June 2-10, 1992 at Seebe, Alberta. A few interveners supported the application because the project was expected to benefit the local economy. Other interveners raised environmental concerns and suggested the project be delayed to allow expansion of the database for the fish and wildlife in the area. Still others recommended wildlife mitigation and enhancement measures, should the project proceed.
The Board reviewed the evidence before it and determined that the project would be in the public interest taking into account the social and economic effects and its effects on the environment.
The Board's decision contains several conditions
- requiring a wildlife habitat mitigation and enchancement program to be designed by Kan-Alta to the satisfaction of the Fish and Wildlife Division of Alberta Forestry, Lands and Wildlife
- stipulating that the location of certain facilities on the north side of Evan Thomas Creek be reviewed and approved by Fish and Wildlife before proceeding with construction
- and requiring the use of certain construction techniques in the floodplain of Evan Thomas Creek to reduce potential disturbance of the environment.
The Board also made a number of construction and operational recommendations concerning these matters to Alberta Environment, Alberta Forestry, Lands and Wildlife, and Alberta Culture and Multiculturalism.
Although the project was approved it was not built. The Alberta government later imposed a moratorium on development in Kananaskis country.