February 23, 2021
Mr. Kris Singhal,
2280 St. Laurent Blvd. Ste 201
Dear Mr. Singhal
I write as the Chair of the Kanata Greenspace Protection Coalition (KGPC) regarding the plan by Richcraft Homes and Minto Communities in partnership with ClubLink Corporation to develop the Kanata Golf Club lands at 7000 Campeau Drive as a subdivision. As you are aware, the City of Ottawa’s Planning Committee rejected your development proposal on November 26, 2020, a decision unanimously supported by full City Council on December 9, 2020.
Subsequently, on Friday, February 19, 2021, Ontario Superior Court Justice Marc Labrosse released his decision on the ClubLink legal challenge to the validity of the 40% Agreement which governs the use of the land. His decision states, “the 1981 Agreement continues to be a valid and binding contract and ss. 5(4) and 9 are not void as contrary to the rule against perpetuities.” His decision made clear that these 71 hectares should remain as green recreational and/or naturalized open space that is accessible to our community and neighbourhoods.
We know that you and your company well understand our community having built and sold a significant portion of the homes in the original Kanata Lakes development, many of which overlook the ‘greenspace in perpetuity’ that you have now attempted to redevelop. It does seem to many, Mr. Singhal, including former purchasers, that you are trying to have it both ways.
Given that the Ontario Superior Court and the City have rejected your proposal, will you terminate your partnership with ClubLink Corporation to develop 7000 Campeau Drive? Our community would appreciate your answer to that specific question.