Bill Teron envisioned his Kanata as a Community Integrated with its Environment
Over 60 years ago Bill Teron articulated a clear vision for our city outside the National Capital greenbelt that included so much more than suburban housing. He was decades ahead of his time promoting protected environmental spaces, accessible open recreational space and communities that lived in the great outdoors. He died in 2018 but his vision deserves respect and protection.
Communities Connected with Nature and Each Other
The communities of Kanata including Beaverbrook, Katimavik, McCurdy, Kanata Lakes and many others are linked by miles and miles of walking and biking trails that also wind through protected environmental areas and wet lands. They also connect great community recreational facilities and shopping and entertainment areas. We have a special place.
The 40 Percent Agreement – City of Kanata Legalized the Teron Vision
Community leaders in 1981, the first days of the City of Kanata, saw the need to protect the Teron design for the city as well as its best asset – the environment. They did the right thing by crafting the 40 Percent Agreement to ensure that a minimum 40% of area land was designated green and open space forever. To this day the Kanata Golf Club comprises 30% of that space and it should remain so.
Kanata Continues to Lose Open Spaces
When originally planned , the open spaces of Kanata included the area around the Kizell Pond, known locally as the Beaver Pond. In recent years old growth hardwood forests were clear cut to allow for new housing that encroached on this important, environmentally sensitive area. Residents lost an emotional fight to the developers a few years back. Kanata should not yield to more development in its designated areas.
Promises Made to Protect Open Spaces Should be Promises Kept
Residents for the last 30 years and beyond have purchased properties and homes in Kanata because of its open and greenspaces and the natural environment accessible just outside our front doors. Developers and City leaders have promoted to home buyers along the way that these spaces are protected and will not be lost. All of our community residents should be able to rely on those words.
Humans do better in Greenspaces
Mounting evidence now tells us that trees, parks, and natural elements play an essential role in a healthy human habitat. We should designate and build more not destroy that which we have
Greenspace has a Positive Impact on Heat and Air Pollution
Urban green spaces, from trees and parkettes to green roofs and large natural spaces generally provide significant ecological benefits that are directly related to the size, quality and density of the green space. Kanata is a visionary city having designated 40% of its land area as open and green space
Wildlife faces continual threat by urban development
Area residents could not stop housing developments in Kanata’s South March Highlands. It threatened the habitat for the Blanding’s turtle — an animal protected under the provincial Endangered Species Act. Birders lament the damage to nesting and breeding sites
Shared Recreational Greenspace provides Efficient Community Services
While the Kanata golf course was privately owned and operated, its lands were described as ‘shared use open space’. The neighbouring Kanata community has the right to access the golf course land outside the golf season as an accessible place for non-motorized winter sports. This is a highly cost effective way to provide year round recreational services to any community.
It Feels Good to Care for Our Environment and Our Community
Most of us feel fortunate to live in Canada, a beautiful country with all of its personal freedoms. We should also value all that our community of Kanata offers including its obvious and easily accessible environmental spaces and we should enjoy and feel proud to participate in caring for and protecting it.