What’s new and what’s next?
Many of you have reached out to my office with concerns over the recent activities happening on the golf course. I am sharing an update today to provide reassurance that nothing has changed. The city has neither received a development application nor a response to their letter, requesting written notice of (1) ClubLink’s intention to re-develop the golf course, and (2) to demonstrate that they have taken steps to find a buyer for the golf course.
On the contrary, a lot of work is happening behind the scenes, opposing the development. I am very pleased to be receiving a steady stream of emails from the community being addressed to myself and the Mayor and often to my Councillor colleagues as well. Thank you to all the community members who have added their voice to this issue. I continue to meet with residents, key community leaders, city staff and my colleagues as I work to oppose any development on this property.
The Kanata Lakes and Beaverbrook Community Associations also recently sent letters to the Mayor and to ClubLink ensuring that their opposition is noted. I applaud these efforts and encourage everyone to add their voice.
I understand that the sight of tree removal and heavy machinery is causing concern. I also share this concern. As soon as I was notified of tree removal activity, I reached out to ClubLink and city staff to clarify the work being undertaken. ClubLink shared with me that this is the third year of routine cleanup of removing ash trees. City staff from forestry inspections and by-law visited the site to investigate and have reassured me that all applicable regulations are being followed. They will be keeping a close eye on the situation. As I had highlighted in my previous update, ClubLink is undertaking some preliminary site investigation during the month of February. They are taking ground samples and, given they own the land, there is nothing that can be done to stop them from doing this on their property.
As Family Day approaches I hope all of you can join me in the upcoming events: Join Karen McCrimmon and I for our Family Day Winter Festival. On Monday, February 18, 2 pm to 4 pm, toboggan with us on the Kanata Golf and Country Course off of holes 11 & 12 and join us for a family skate on the pond near hole 8. Please bring your own mug to enjoy some hot chocolate.
Please help us spread the word by bringing family, friends and neighbours along. Let’s enjoy the afternoon and the course together.