In response to "Kanata club memberships down, ClubLink rep says" by Jon Willing, Saturday, January 16, 2020
ClubLink implies through the affidavit of its employee Brent Deighan that it is hard done by because membership is below its nominal target (a variation on the theme that the golf business is in decline) yet it reports profits annually to its KGC members, the lawn mowers run and the fertilizers and pesticides flow from April to October. This message was the initial ClubLink justification for its planned wholesale destruction of 175 acres of linked, open urban greenspace and construction of 1502 homes, seen as unnecessary by planning experts and not wanted by the existing community.
The Gala is now less than 3 weeks away! Come and join us as we pack the Newbridge Ballroom at the Brookstreet Hotel for A Gala to Honour Greenspace. We are quickly approaching a sell-out with less than 100 tickets remaining. Get yours online today! Here is a sneak peak at what you will not want to miss!
First Day in Court
Our lawyers presented a Motion for Leave to Intervene as a Party in the matter of the 40% Agreement ongoing between the City of Ottawa and ClubLink in court this morning. Thank you to all of our supporters who came down to the Ottawa Courthouse on Elgin Street today and filled Courtroom 31 to support our Motion. Judge Macleod did not render a decision today but said that he understood the importance of making one as expeditiously as possible. We hope to have his decision soon.
Here is a copy of the opinion letter written by our planning consultant Dennis Jacobs and provided to the City of Ottawa last week. Lots here.
At our Community Meeting on November 5, Goeff Gowan made a presentation of the value of home backing on the golf course as well as homes in the surrounding area. You can see it HERE.
We launched our Make a Difference Campaign on November 5th at our Community meeting, which was attended by more than 600 people. You can make your contribution by cheque or via GoFundMe. Join us today.
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The Kanata Greenspace Protection Coalition is deeply disappointed by today’s announcement from ClubLink, Minto Communities and Richcraft Homes that they have submitted a formal application to the City of Ottawa to redevelop the Kanata Golf and Country Club lands.
Upon purchasing this land in 1996, ClubLink signed on to The 40% Agreement. In doing so, they agreed to share the use of its 70 plus acres with residents of Kanata forever. The City of Ottawa informed ClubLink in March that they will pursue a decision in court on this important agreement, should ClubLink make a redevelopment application. The residents of Kanata Lakes, Beaverbrook and neighbourhoods across Kanata North are vehemently opposed to ClubLinks plan and will continue to aid the City’s ongoing efforts.
ClubLink submitted to city hall Tuesday morning its controversial planning application to redevelop 71 hectares of land at the Kanata Golf and Country Club. The golf company is working with Minto Communities and Richcraft Homes to turn the golf course into a suburban infill neighbourhood. According to the development scheme, 53 per cent of the land would be redeveloped for homes, 20 per cent of the land would be for new roads and 27 per cent would be for green space, parks and ponds.
The Kanata Greenspace Steering Committee is making big and important changes. We’ve created a not-for-profit corporation to provide our Kanata North community and its residents with a focussed and reliable resource to advocate not only for the protection of our green, open and undeveloped spaces today but also their preservation for the future. We’ve also changed our name to the Kanata Greenspace Protection Coalition.
Our group was approached by Ecology Ottawa in recent months as they looked for neighbourhood partners to protect natural community spaces, the newest progam in their Living City initiative… Keep Nature in Our Neighbourhoods. They have been helping us encourage community participation to protect two key open areas in Kanata North – the Kanata Golf Club as shared community open space and the South March Highlands. More >>>
There are many reasons to protect the green space that makes Kanata an unique community including, it is part of Teron vision, legal, moral, environmental, recreational, health, legacy. The green space is the reason that many people live in Kanata and it needs us to protect it. More>>
There is a a lot of misinformation circulating and some fake news. Check out our assessment of what is true and what is not here.
Between an apparent absence of material to share, compounded by the inability of the City to make ClubLink and its friends appear at these public meetings, it might not be a surprise to see the ClubLink letter yesterday informing the City it would not attend the scheduled public meeting on January 20.Continue reading
We’re thrilled to announce our Keynote Speaker, Diana Beresford-Kroeger. Ms. Beresford–Kroeger is a world-renowned botanist, biochemist and author known for her outstanding efforts to preserve the Earth’s climate and forests through the use of ethical scientific and traditional concepts. She has published over 300 articles and five critically acclaimed books on the natural world.Continue reading
Justice MacLeod rendered his decision today and the Coalition was successful in being granted leave to intervene as an added party to the City of Ottawa application. Continue reading
On Thursday December 19 our lawyers will be presenting to the Court our KGPC Motion for Leave to Intervene as a Party in the matter of the 40% Agreement ongoing between the City of Ottawa and ClubLink. While ClubLink is opposing the Coalition’s recognition in the case, the City of Ottawa is not. The hearing is expected to last an hour or so and will take place at the Ottawa Courthouse, 161 Elgin Street at 10:00 am.Continue reading
We encourage you to keep your comments coming.Thank you to those of you who wrote to the City. The Coalition was copied on over 200 letters and I understand that the City planning department has received hundreds more. Just to clarify, we have confirmed that City planning will accept public comments at anytime in this process.Continue reading
This is another important week in our campaign to fight the redevelopment plans of ClubLink and its Ottawa based partners Richcraft and Minto Communities and we are reminding you to step up and help us protect our green and open spaces.Continue reading