ClubLink to appeal court decision that maintains Kanata golf course as greenspace

Kanata golf course

Two weeks after the city scored a major legal victory to prevent a Kanata golf course from being converted into a housing development, the course owner says it plans to fight the decision.

ClubLink, which owns the Kanata Golf and Country Club, says it will appeal a recent Ontario Superior Court ruling that would ban the company from building a new subdivision on the site.

ClubLink, which has owned the club since 1996, says the golf course operation is no longer financially viable and wants to partner with Minto Communities and Richcraft Homes to construct more than 1,500 homes on the 71-hectare property.

Opponents of the proposal argue it violates a 1981 agreement between the city and then-owner Campeau Corp. stipulating that 40 per cent of the Kanata Lakes property, including the golf course, must be maintained as green space.

The city took the developers to court last year in a bid to stop the plan. Last month, Superior Court Justice Marc Labrosse sided with the city, writing that the 1981 agreement remains “valid and enforceable.”

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The judge also ruled that if the city does take over the land, it does not have to maintain the site as a golf course in perpetuity and could use it for other recreational purposes.

In a statement on her website last Friday, Kanata North Coun. Jenna Sudds said she is “disappointed” that ClubLink has chosen to appeal the decision.

“I believe that we are on the right side of this issue and that ultimately this appeal will not be granted,” she added.