Candidates for City Councillor in Ward 21 (Rideau-Goulbourn)
2018 Municipal Election
Future Development on the Stonebridge Golf Course
Mayor of Ottawa / Ward 3 (Barrhaven) / Ward 22 (Gloucester-South Nepean) / Ward 21 (Rideau-Goulbourn)
I share the concerns that the community has brought forward with regard to Mattamy's Phase 16 development proposal. I have echoed those concerns to Mattamy since I first learned of this proposal. I was pleased that they agreed to withdraw the current proposal and work with the community. I agree that there will likely be a resubmission. While Council is well within their right to vote against any proposal from Mattamy, I want to make it clear that a Council refusal does not mean that the development proposal would die. As a result, I want to make sure that any proposal, whether successful at Council or not, addresses as many of the community's concerns as possible.
If a future application is to come to Council for a vote, that application should address the design concerns and be consistent with what residents have come to expect from Stonebridge. That application should ensure that the integrity of the golf course remains intact and that the par does not fall below 70. Stonebridge residents bought into a Championship golf course, not an executive course, and that should be respected. If this development proposal was to be approved through the appeal process, it cannot be what was previously presented. At this point, Council's position on the application is less important than what the application itself will look like.
Opposition is the easy part. What happens next is what's important and we need to be focused on a development plan that is better than what we see today, whether that gets approved or not.
It is clear that the residents of Stonebridge Community do not support the destruction of the Stonebridge Golf Course. The Stonebridge community identity was built around the Stonebridge Golf Course and I pledge to support the residents of this community. I will not support any application that proposes to build homes on the existing Golf Course.