Golf Course Update #13

I would like to share that the ClubLink applications are now available online for the community to review.  You can find all the documents on this website: here. To give residents easy access to the information related specifically to the planning aspect of the applications, the city has launched this website. Here you can view the planning documents, high-level overview of the application, and general information on planning guidelines.

The Planning Act requires that the city notify residents that live within 120 meters of the applications that have been submitted by ClubLink. This means that some residents that surround the golf course lands will receive notice from the city outlining the development process. If you did not receive one, you can view it online here.

Another regulation under the Planning Act, is that the city must host statutory planning meetings to hear from the public on the proposed applications. The first two meetings have been scheduled for November 25th and January 20th from 5 to 9pm at the John Mlacak Centre, located at 2500 Campeau Drive. These meetings will deal exclusively with the planning aspect of this application. I share everyone’s frustration that we must deal with this application that has a total disregard for our community and legal agreements. However, these meetings are our opportunity to ensure that city staff and the applicant hear from our community directly and that your comments are included in a report sent to my Council colleagues and the applicant.

I have received numerous detailed questions regarding aspects of the applications. City staff are continuing to process and review the applications. These are very complex applications and I will continue to update our community as I have information to share.

Also, as I shared in my last update:

  • The application submitted by ClubLink was deemed complete. The city is forced to make this determination under its requirements in the Planning Act. To be clear, this does not mean that the city has made a determination on the application or rendered any It simply means that the information that was required to be submitted by the applicant has been provided to the city.
  • The city has made it clear to ClubLink that their application serves as notice that they plan to discontinue their 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 on October 28, 7 to 9 pm at Brookstreet Hotel. This meeting will also be live streamed on my Facebook page. This is an opportunity to come together as a community and have your questions answered. We will be discussing process and next steps. We will not be getting into the details of what is in the development application. This will be reviewed at the statutory public meetings on November 25 and January 20 . Please send me any questions you may have in advance of the meeting and I will strive to ensure I have answers.

 

Key Facts

  • The city has now made available all the documents that are part of the applications submitted by ClubLink. You can find them here.
  • The city has launched this website, specifically to provide residents with information regarding the planning aspects of this issue.
  • I will continue to share updates with our community on both the planning and legal aspects of this application.
  • Please mark your calendar for a community meeting on Monday, October 28th from 7 to 9 pm. This will be at Brookstreet Hotel. More information here.
  • There will be two statutory public meetings, on November 25th and January 20th from 5 to 9pm, both at the John Mlacak Centre located at 2500 Campeau Drive.

What you can expect?

  • You can expect the city to continue to provide updates through this website.
  • I will continue to provide updates with our community as I have them.
  • I hope that you will join me at the community meeting on Monday, October 28th from 7 to 9 pm at Brookstreet Hotel.
  • There will be two statutory public meetings, on November 25th and January 20th from 5 to 9pm, both at the John Mlacak Centre located at 2500 Campeau Drive.
  • If you live within 120 meters of the golf course lands, you will receive a letter from the city notifying you of the applications and the statutory public meetings.

FAQ’s:

  1. What can I do to help?

Here’s a quick and simple to do list for you:

  • Attend and invite all your neighbours to the community meeting I’m hosting on October 28th. More information here: https://kanatanorth.ca/event/golf-course-community-meeting/
  • Attend and invite all your neighbours to the statutory planning meetings on November 25th and January 20th. These meetings will be at the John Mlacak Centre from 5 to 9pm.
  • Send your planning comments regarding the applications to kanatalakes@ottawa.ca
  1. How do I find the documents associated with the applications?

You can find all the documents on the City DevApps website here.

  1. Where can I find more information on timelines and general information regarding the planning applications?

At a high level, under the Planning Act, the city now has until February 5, 2020 to render a decision on the draft plan of subdivision application. I encourage everyone to review these two websites: one by the city and this website, along with these documents. They provide additional information on the overall planning process.

  1. What type of documents can I find on the DevApps website?

In order for an application to be deemed complete, an applicant must submit a variety of studies dealing with planning, transportation, engineering, and the environment, to name a few. You can find all the studies online here.

  1. Why are we having statutory public meetings when these applications are in violation of the legal agreements?

The Planning Act requires that the city must host a meeting to hear from the community. The city must follow its obligations under this Act regardless of the legal questions that surround the applications. I too share your frustration that we must deal with these applications. However, failure to do so would result in someone else making the decisions of what can be developed in our community.

  1. Why did I receive a circulation letter?

The Planning Act requires that the city provide a notice to residents that are within 120 meters of the lands that are being developed. This notice is to inform residents of the proposed applications. You can find a copy of the letter here.