A public hearing to discuss possible new developments, including housing and shortening the existing course, at Armstrong’s Royal York Golf Course Aug. 15 has been postponed. (Facebook photo)

A public hearing to discuss possible new developments, including housing and shortening the existing course, at Armstrong’s Royal York Golf Course Aug. 15 has been postponed. (Facebook photo)

Proposed public hearing on Armstrong golf course development postponed

Developer hopes to build 200 homes and shorten Royal York Golf Course; not ready to go to public yet

A public hearing to detail a potential new development at Armstrong’s Royal York Golf Course and planned changes to the course itself has been postponed.

Developer Patrick Place, an Armstrong Realtor, and partner John Groeneveld, announced in July they had a conditionally accepted offer to purchase the golf course from the York family, with the family retaining a portion of the property. The Yorks would also be shareholders in the proposed development that would potentially see 200 affordable and attainable houses built on the golf course site.

No sale price was disclosed.

The course would be shortened to become a nine-hole executive par-3 course with at least two holes longer than 200 yards, and a new nine-hole putting green would be added in front of the existing clubhouse.

Place had scheduled three days, Aug. 13-15, at the golf course to show the proposal as he prepared public input for his official presentation on the development to Armstrong.

A public open house was slated for Saturday, Aug. 15.

“We’ve had to cancel for two reasons,” said Place Tuesday, Aug. 4. “One is because of COVID-19. We were hoping to have some of the public meeting in the clubhouse and we don’t think we can do that at this point.

“The other reason is we are still working on all of the infrastructure for the development, and we are not prepared at this time to go to the public.”

Place did not set a date for another public hearing which must be held before his application can go before Armstrong council.

The Yorks have been trying to sell the course for several years, and thought they had an accepted offer in place in 2018 and 2019 from an umbrella group of Vernon’s Kal Tire, N&T Properties. But the tire company group pulled their offer off the table prior to the fall of 2019.

Place earlier helped develop 45 houses at the course on the site of the old driving range.

The new proposal plans to add an off-leash dog park to the site, a daycare building and new walking trails.

The course’s existing clubhouse will remain. Mr. and Mrs. Bruce York will continue to live in the existing house on the course.

The 200 houses would be phased in over 10 years (or earlier) and plans, for now, call for the existing course to remain operational through 2020.

The Armstrong Green Space Society has spoken out against any proposed sale of the existing course, and have said they would like to see the City of Armstrong purchase the property.

Society spokesperson Lindsay Tkachuk said in an interview with the Morning Star in July that the society supports the current zoning that’s been in place for 30 years, and the city’s Official Community Plan, which states the golf course property is parkland-commercial.

READ MORE: Armstrong golf course deal close to being finalized



roger@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

BusinessdevelopmentGolf

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Multiple people were injured at a Vernon home following an early-morning break-in Saturday, March 6, 2021. (Black Press file photo)
Multiple people left injured following break-and-enter in Vernon

Police believe the early-morning break-in was targeted and not a threat to the general public

Seniors in the Interior Health region can book their COVID-19 vaccinations starting Monday, March 8, 2021 at 7 a.m. (File photo)
Seniors in Interior Heath region can book COVID-19 shots starting Monday

Starting March 8 the vaccination call centre will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

A Coldstream resident who found an owl struggling on her property in March 2021 is now spreading awareness of about the knock-on effects of rodent poisoning. (Kathy Renaud photo)
Coldstream owl ‘fighting for her life’ after ingesting rat poison

Coldstream resident warns against the use of rodenticide due to risk of secondary poisoning in raptors

Vernon residents can breathe a little easier now that a dust advisory has ended in the area. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Dust advisory lifted in Vernon

Changing meteorological conditions have improved regional air quality

The City of Vernon is looking for input into its Climate Action Plan. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Vernon voices wanted on climate action plan

Community engagement sought on city plan

The James C Richardson Pipe Band marches in a Remembrance Day parade on Nov. 11, 2019 in Chilliwack. Wednesday, March 10 is International Bagpipe Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of March 7 to 13

International Bagpipe Day, Wash Your Nose Day and Kidney Day are all coming up this week

Kelowna General Hospital (File photo)
Second COVID-19 outbreak declared at Kelowna General Hospital

One patient and one staff member on Unit have tested positive for the virus.

Victoria man Brett Andersen is asking for people’s help to secure him one of eight free tickets to the moon. (Screenshot/@brettandersen Instagram)
Victoria man wants your help securing a free ticket to the moon

Japanese billionaire offering eight people a trip to the moon

The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)
Aquarium users in B.C. warned after invasive mussels found at pet store

Conservation officers were told the mussels were found in a moss ball from a Terrace pet store.

Hockey hall-of-fame legend Wayne Gretzky, right, watches the casket of his father, Walter Gretzky, as it is carried from the church during a funeral service in Brantford, Ont., Saturday, March 6, 2021. HE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky remembered as a man with a ‘heart of gold’ at funeral

The famous hockey father died Thursday at age 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease

Fire ripped through a mobile home on Boucherie Road in West Kelowna on March. 6. (Phil McLachlan - West Kelowna News)
‘My whole life just went up in smoke’; Fire consumes Okanagan mobile home

RCMP confirmed that there were no injuries due to the fire

Donald Alan Sweet was once an all star CFL kicker who played for the Montreal Alouettes and Montreal Concordes over a 13-year career. Photo courtesy of Mission RCMP.
Ex-B.C. teacher who was CFL kicker charged with assault, sexual crimes against former students

Donald Sweet taught in Mission School District for 10 years, investigators seek further witnesses

During a press event on March 6, Const. Alex Berube, media relations officer for the West Shore RCMP, addressed a deadly shooting that occurred in Metchosin the night before. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
VIDEO: One man shot dead on Vancouver Island in ‘targeted incident’

Highway 14 reopens following multi-hour closure for investigation

Most Read