ClubLink reps downplay golf curiosity, winter use at Kanata course eyed for redevelopment


The Kanata golf course eyed for redevelopment is greater than 200 individuals in need of its membership ceiling and never many individuals are utilizing the land for winter actions, in keeping with affidavits filed in a courtroom battle over the way forward for the property.

ClubLink, the proprietor of the Kanata Golf and Nation Membership, is pursuing an infill residential group on the golf course land in partnership with Minto Communities and Richcraft Houses. The town is preventing the golf firm in courtroom, asking the choose to uphold a legacy settlement defending the land from redevelopment. A listening to is predicted subsequent month.

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About 500 residents attend a group assembly hosted by Kanata North Councillor Jenna Sudds who’s main Ottawa’s combat towards the redevelopment of The Kanata Golf and Nation Membership on Oct. 28.

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An affidavit from the golf course’s director of operations, Brent Deighan, questions observations in a metropolis affidavit from Donald Kennedy, a retired planner and golf course member, that the golf course is closely utilized by the general public all 12 months, together with by cross-country skiers within the winter.

“From my observations, Kennedy exaggerates the general public’s use of the golf membership lands. It’s not as in depth as he suggests,” Deighan says in his affidavit.

In truth, Deighan says if there are non-golfers on the property in the course of the golf season, they’re trespassing. About 5 individuals every day within the winter use the land for cross-country snowboarding, he says.

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A separate affidavit from Minto senior land improvement supervisor Beth Henderson says there are different in style spots for cross-country snowboarding and snowshoeing, together with the greenbelt. Henderson says the deliberate improvement on the golf course would have open areas appropriate for cross-country snowboarding.

In terms of golf, Deighan’s affidavit factors out a number of different choices and he lists programs inside a 35-kilometre drive from the Kanata Golf and Nation Membership.

Deighan additionally discloses extra details about the variety of members on the Kanata golf course.

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Throughout 4 membership classes, the membership had a most set of 775 members. Solely 534 individuals have been members as of November, and of these, 105 members dwell in 77 properties on the golf course.

The golf course set 450 as the utmost variety of members eligible for full golf privileges, however there have been solely 319 on the books. Even the 100 slots accessible for “social memberships” — which permit individuals to dine and attend non-golf occasions on the membership — have been solely stuffed by 44 individuals.

The membership entrance charges have fallen off from a excessive of $22,500 in 2005 to the present worth of $9,000, Deighan says in his affidavit. Even on the present worth, a brand new member hasn’t signed up since 2017, he provides.

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ClubLink has blamed the dwindling golf enterprise for exploring redevelopment choices for the 71-hectare property. Below the event utility filed at metropolis corridor, there could be 1,500 new residential models in a mixture of single-family properties, townhomes and flats. The event utility is being reviewed by metropolis planners for its adherence to official plan and zoning insurance policies. The event overview course of is separate from the courtroom proceedings.

The town hauled ClubLink to courtroom in an effort to substantiate a 1981 settlement struck between the outdated metropolis of Kanata and Campeau Corp. The previous municipality and firm agreed to keep up 40 per cent of the event space in Kanata Lakes as inexperienced house, and if a landowner didn’t need to run the golf course anymore, the town might take over the land at no cost.

A choose has allowed the Kanata Greenspace Safety Coalition to be a celebration in the course of the courtroom listening to. It means the group group can query witnesses and file materials as a part of the proceedings.

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