Written by staff, the resolution directs staff to reject the developer's offer to sell the golf course to the town for 98.1 million and notify the developer of the decision.
Ratepayers are encouraged to continue discussions with developers , with town staff facilitation,to a
I figured the resolution was written by staff.
The Councillor refers to two consultants giving planning definitions of Open Space.
No reference is made to the application for development or Council's position on that.
Councillor Mrakas is obliged to ask others for information. He can't be faulted for that. Any newly elected Councillor has to learn. Some are more up to it than others. The current issue is an opportunity.
The problem is with paucity of information received.
Planning consultants, in the business of selling expertise, tend to provide whatever will successfully woo the client.
An OP designation of Open Space can be different in different circumstances.
A functioning golf course in the country, like Westview, surrounded by fields, no road allowances or municipal services dead ending at multiple points around the course, like water and sewers, street lighting, police and fire protection, all the incidentals that come with an urban setting, has an Official Plan designation of Open Space.
In that context,the designation is not the same as the Highland Gate Development Inc./ Club Links property enclosed completely by aforementioned urban services.
The resolution fails to deal with the development application. Or town responsibility under the Planning Act to process an application within three months of receiving .Or reasons why the property cannot or should not be developed.
Or denial of the legal right of a private property owner to make an application for a change in use.
It appears the legal process has not been followed.
Seems the town's mintention has always been to relieve the owner of ownership at a price agreeable to the town.
Ratepayers may have been encouraged by Council to believe acquisition of the golf course was
Even without reference to the Town's Master Recreation Plan or without property owners legal expertise on hand, I suspect the town's argument will fall short of persuasion at an Ontario Municipal Board Hearing.
Maybe the only hope left is Ratepayers will exercise better judgement than Council and acknowledge the unlikely possibility the OMB will order the property owner to sell the land at an affordable price to them.