I know that many community members are disappointed with the decision made by Council on October 3 and would like to know why I supported the application by Cedarglen Homes.
When speaking to residents I was always clear that from the time the golf course was sold by Windmill Golf Group to Cedarglen Homes in 2014, there was very little chance of the land operating as a golf course again or of the land remaining as a green space with no development. My advice to residents and the Northern Hills Community Association was to make sure that the community work with Cedarglen and provide as much input as possible on the plan even if the desire of the residents was for no development at all.
At the public hearing, Council was tasked with making a decision on the merits of the application only, not whether there should be any development on the land. Given the limitations as Councillor to consider only issues of a planning nature at the public hearing, it was important that I focussed on getting clarification on the outstanding concerns which had been brought forward as a result of the efforts of the community residents in discussions with the developer. Some of these issues were:
- Like to like transition of homes
- Landscaped buffers
- Railway proximity
- Home Owners' Association
- Community meeting space
- Access to green space and pathways by adjacent residents
- Commitment by the developer to not move adjacent homeowners back fences to align with Real Property reports
After asking many questions of city staff and the applicant during the public hearing, I was confident that my concerns with the application had been diligently reviewed and addressed.
I then made the decision to move to accept the application because I felt that to delay the decision would not have been in the best interest of the community. The continued lack of certainty would have further impacted house prices and increased the probability of the application returning to Council with higher density.
The agenda and minutes from the October 3rd meeting can be viewed here. If you still have questions and wish to speak to me directly, please contact my office.
More information on the planning process can be found on the City's planning overview page. You will find information on how this site will move from an approved outline plan to service installation and construction.
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