Today our community is faced with a new challenge. As many may have heard, ClubLink has announced their intention to pursue options for the development of the Kanata Golf & Country Club lands. This news is as shocking to me as I’m sure it is to you and everyone in our community.

Kanata North was built around this golf course in 1968 and was part of Bill Teron’s vision when he planned our community fifty years ago. The Kanata Lakes community sprouted up around it. Many in our community live along the 18 holes and have enjoyed this greenspace for many years.

I want our community to know that I will be working with City staff and the community to do everything I can to preserve this greenspace. The City of Kanata signed an agreement in 1981 that calls for 40% greenspace to remain in Kanata Lakes and that was achieved in large part by the presence of the golf course. I have reached out to city staff to review this agreement and provide advice.

I’m sure you can appreciate I have a very busy day, week, month, and year ahead of me as I work on this. Today I will focus on the immediate discussions I need to have with City staff, ClubLink, Minto, and Richcraft. I encourage the community to sign up for updates at KanataNorth.ca and I will keep you informed. I will be available in my office at the Mlacak Arena this Saturday, December 15, from 9 am to 12 pm and Sunday, December 16, from 1 pm to 3 pm for anyone who would like to meet with me, and I will also be out in our community this weekend knocking on doors to hear from you directly.

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