The Summer Village of White Sands is situated on the southeast shore of beautiful Buffalo Lake. Located in the heart of Central Alberta in the Aspen Parkland Region, Buffalo Lake is one of the largest lakes in the Province, spanning 124 km² (55 sq. miles).
Excellent fishing, boating and water skiing, along with a broad natural white sand beach, make White Sands a favourite. The neighbouring countryside is a nature lover's paradise, with rolling hills, several acres of wildlife habitat, and one of the largest migratory paths for birds in North America. Deer, moose, coyote, owls, pelicans, geese, and countless other birds and animal species make this area their home.
White Sands has a permanent population of 120 according to the last census, and also has a number of seasonal residents. No camping facilities are available in the Summer Village of White Sands.
The Summer Village under the Land Use Bylaw 153-15, Schedule C, Residential District (R-1) allows for Recreational Vehicle use on vacant lots with a required permit and is monitored annually from May to September. If you have not purchased your RV permit for the 2021 year, please be advised that invoices are being mailed out based on the legislation.
White Sands Hall
The Summer Village of White Sands is dedicated to providing a safe and clean rental space for family and social events. The Hall is available for use based on the attached documents. If you require further information, please contact the Municipal Office.
Community Digital Sign Policy and Procedures
Do your friends or family have an upcoming birthday or anniversary? White Sands Residents are able to take advantage of our Digital Sign for these types of announcements. The sign is located right beside the Water Station. Messages run on a Sunday to Sunday rotation and the deadline for requests is 8a on Sunday of the week that you want the message posted.
If you have a Birthday or Anniversary message you’d like to post, send requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. Some messages may need to be tailored to fit the sign parameters and this is at the discretion of the programmer.
The sign cannot be used for commercial messages (including non-profits and for profits).
We all have a responsibility to raise awareness about being prepared for disasters, emergencies and unexpected situations.
Learn how you and your family can prepare yourselves for an emergency or disaster using the following links:
INTENT OF COUNCIL TO REVIEW AND REPLACE LAND USE BYLAW 153-15 AS AMENDED
The Summer Village of White Sands intends to review and replace Land Use Bylaw 153-15 as amended. The review process will include multiple phases of public engagement, developing regulations to address challenges in the summer village, align the bylaw with other applicable legislation and discuss the possibility of establishing a Municipal Planning Commission.
This public notice is the first step of engaging the Summer Village of White Sands Community and a we ask that members of public take the opportunity to consider the direction of the new Land Use Bylaw and we welcome you to submit questions or ideas for consideration and discussion with the Review Committee.
If you have any information you would like included in this step of the process, please send an email to Leann Graham at email@example.com on or before November 5, 2021. Please feel free to call the administration office (403)742-4717 for further information.
SEEKING LAND USE BYLAW REVIEW COMMITTEE MEMBERS-AT-LARGE (2)
The Summer Village of White Sands seeks two (2) public members at large to serve in a working capacity for a Land Use Bylaw Review Committee. These positions will provide input and assistance in reviewing the Land Use Bylaw, develop regulations, align the bylaw with other applicable legislation, make recommendations to Council and operate as a liaison from the committee to the community. These members must be a rate payer of the Summer Village of White Sands, hold a keen interest in the regulatory process of land use planning and be able to remain impartial through the entire process.
The entire review process and new document development should take approximately 5-6 months. Interested individuals are asked to submit a quick email outlining why they would be an ideal candidate for the position.
If you are interested in serving your community in this manner, please send an email to Leann Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org on or before November 5, 2021. Should you have any additional questions please feel free to call the administration office (403)742-4717 for further information.