Park land not included in Royal York plan

A proposed development for the Royal York Golf Course will not include five per cent dedicated parkland.

A proposed development for the Royal York Golf Course will not include five per cent dedicated parkland.

Council gave third reading to a zoning and official community plan amendment bylaw that changes future land use of part of the golf course property to allow 46 strata units (30 single-family homes and eight duplexes).

The original proposal included parkland dedication of five per cent of the land south of the proposed development. But council unanimously voted to take the dedication out of the bylaw amendment.

“I had a chance to tour the site proponent’s proposed parkland dedication, and at this point, I don’t see the value in it,” said Coun. Ryan Nitchie.

Concern about the parkland site was also raised by a resident of neighbouring Bradley Drive at an October public hearing on the proposal.

The resident said the land is “good for nothing to be useful.”

Council did receive support from the Active Communities Trails Committee for the parkland dedication.

Mayor Chris Pieper reiterated to a few public members in the gallery that the motion discussed at council is strictly on the zoning of the proposed subdivision.

Items of concern brought up at the public hearing, such as drainage, emergency vehicle access, setbacks and heights of houses, will be part of the upcoming development permit application stage for the proponents, Longview Resources.

Fourth and final reading on the rezoning application must still be approved.