In my update last week, I shared that there were two distinct paths of work underway on this application: the planning aspect and the legal aspect. Specifically, the following items were shared as what you could expect next:
- I will continue to provide updates to our community as I have them. These will be posted on my website as well as sent out via my email newsletter, and social media channels.
- If deemed complete, the application will be posted on the city’s website within 10 business days. I will share this on my website as well when it is available.
- Update: I will be hosting a Community Meeting on Monday, October 28th.
- I also shared that the applications are reviewed in detail by the assigned staff to ensure they are complete, and all required items are included.
In this update, I can confirm that the application submitted by ClubLink has been deemed complete. The city is forced to make this determination under its requirements under the Planning Act. To be clear, this does not mean that the city has made a determination on the application or rendered any decision. It simply means that the information that was required to be submitted by the applicant has been provided to the city. Under the Planning Act, the city now has until February 5, 2020 to render a decision on the draft plan of subdivision application.
Additionally, the city has made it clear to ClubLink that their application serves as notice that they plan to discontinue the operation of the golf course. This contravenes their obligations under the 40 percent agreement and the city will stand up for the community by taking legal action. As mentioned in my last update, the documentation is being prepared to file an application with the Superior Court asking for a determination of contractual rights. This is ongoing and I expect to be able to provide an update on the legal aspect shortly.
Lastly, I will be hosting a meeting at Brookstreet Hotel, from 7 to 9 pm on October 28th, 2019. This meeting will also be live streamed on my Facebook page. This is an opportunity to have your voice heard and discuss this as a community. Please make sure to share with everyone you know. Please send me any questions you may have in advance of the meeting and I will strive to ensure I have answers. I look forward to hearing directly from you and many in our community. As always, I will continue to provide updates to our community as I have them. These will be posted on my website as well as sent out via my email newsletter, and social media channels.
- The city has deemed the ClubLink application complete. The city is required to do this due to their legal obligations under the Planning Act.
- Deeming an application complete, is not approving an application or making any decisions regarding the application. It simply means the applicant has submitted all the required documentation.
- Under the planning act the city now has until February 5, 2020 to render a decision on the draft plan of subdivision application.
- There will be a community meeting at Brookstreet Hotel, 7 to 9 pm on October 28th, 2019.
- The city continues to stand up for the community by proceeding with its legal action. Outside legal Counsel has been hired to represent the City in this matter.
What can you expect?
- The application will be posted online for everyone to review. I expect this to happen next week and I will share this when it is available.
- The City is pursuing legal action to stop this development. I will share updates as they become available.
- The city is beginning their technical review of the application. The City will be organizing future statutory public meetings to review the technical aspects of the application, as required under the Planning Act. Dates for these meetings will be shared as soon as confirmed.
I appreciate that this is an incredibly frustrating and confusing time and naturally there are a lot of questions. Here’s are some answers to the questions I’ve been hearing:
- Why is the city deeming this application complete?
- The city is forced to deem an application complete under its obligations of the planning act. Deeming an application complete means that the applicant has provided all the information that they need to submit to proceed with assessing their application.
- Why is the city processing this application, when the city is taking legal action?
- Regardless of the legal action that the city is undertaking, it is forced to continue to process the application under its obligations of the planning act. If the city did not process the application the applicant could take legal action against the city. Meaning the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) would ultimately make the decision whether the application is complete. If the city does not make a decision within the timelines prescribed by the Planning Act, the applicant can appeal based on non-decision.
- Has the city made a decision on the application already?
- The city has not made a decision on this application. The city has until February 5, 2020 to render a decision on the draft plan of subdivision. This timeline is stipulated in the planning act.
- What is going on with the legal action?
- The city is standing up for our community and initiating legal action. Documentation is being prepared to file an application with the superior court asking for a determination of contractual rights. I expect this to be complete soon and will share with you when this has been filed.
- When can I see the application details?
- I expect the application will be posted online next week. I will share a link to this as soon as it is available.
- What is included in the development application?
- The application proposes a total of 1,502 residential units comprised of detached dwellings, townhouse dwellings, back-to-back townhouse dwellings, and two blocks for medium density apartment buildings. The application also proposes to create three parks, five stormwater management ponds, open space areas and several new roads. The Zoning By-law Amendment application requests to rezone the property from Parks and Open Space, Subzone (01A) to a mix of residential zones and open space zones to permit the proposed uses.
- When can I expect the next update?
- I will continue to post updates regularly on my website and through social media as new information is available. I am committed to ensuring you are informed and have all the facts available.