ClubLink submitted to city hall 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.

ClubLink first floated its redevelopment intentions last December, but it wasn’t until Tuesday that the company submitted its planning application to city hall, formalizing the project.

The Kanata Lakes and Beaverbrook communities have been preparing for a fight, fearing that the golf course vistas that residents have come to enjoy will be paved over in the coming years.

The city has said it would go to court to ask for a ruling on a legacy agreement that protects green space in the community.

The so-called “40 per cent agreement” dates back to 1981 and the old city of Kanata. The former municipality signed an agreement with Campeau Corp. to maintain 40 per cent of the development area in Kanata Lakes as green space.

The amalgamated City of Ottawa assumed all of the legal arrangements signed by the former municipalities.

Last March, the city indicated it would ask the courts to make sure the green space agreement is still in force.

The deal gives the city the right to take over the golf course at no cost if the owner doesn’t want to continue running it. Only if the city doesn’t want to run the golf course can the owner apply to redevelop the land.

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