Armstrong development offers parkland

Developer of planned strata development at the Royal York Golf Course proposing donation of land

Proposed parkland is back on the table for a proposed Armstrong development.

Two weeks ago, council amended third readings of an official community plan and zoning amendment bylaws in regards to a planned strata development at the Royal York Golf Course that removed parkland dedication from the bylaw to focus strictly on the residential development.

However, the matter of parkland dedication or cash in lieu remains, and council has before it a couple of options to consider.

“The developer (Patrick Place) is now proposing a very generous donation of land adjacent to current city-owned parkland, and he has also thrown in some additions in the way of improvements for a trail system he sees going through the property,” said Coun. Ryan Nitchie.

The developer’s proposal is a combination of land, cash and in-kind contributions toward land improvements.

The proposal includes more than 22,000 square feet of land valued at $146,297, $18,000 in cash for land improvements and a $2,000 in-kind donation to be used for things like tools, equipment and labour.

Coun. Paul Britton called the proposal a “win-win for the city.”

“He’s come forward with some proposals that we need to do our due diligence and have a look at,” said Britton.

“He’s put in his time and effort. We should find out what we can do.”

There are a few stumbling blocks to a proposed trail system including the fact Meighan Creek flows through the centre and would be subject to heavy requirements from the ministry of environment and the department of fisheries and oceans.

“We have a bit of an issue regarding the amount of consultation with qualified environment professionals that would be required for this piece of property,” said Nitchie, who motioned to have staff prepare a report which includes proposed costs of a trail system to be constructed at the planned development.

 

The report will be read at the next public meeting, Nov. 25.