Town Hall With Ward 2 Candidate for City Council Jennifer Wyness

Wednesday, September 27th

Foothills Alliance Church
333 Edgepark Blvd NW

Registration 6:30 pm
Town Hall 7:00 pm

You will have the opportunity to ask Jennifer questions not only about what concerns you have in your community, but about concerns you have for the city in general.

It is very important for Calgary and our democracy that people are informed, engaged and vote in the upcoming Municipal Election on Monday, October 16th.

Plan to attend and meet Jennifer!

Visit …

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Golf hole at The Hamptons shortened due to homeowner-filed injunction

Golf hole at The Hamptons shortened due to homeowner-filed injunction

WATCH: A judge has sided with a Calgary homeowner who says too many golf balls land on her property, and her kids aren’t safe to play outside. As Kevin Smith reports, The Hamptons golf club has had to alter one of its holes as it endures the appeal process.

A unique situation has developed at The Hamptons Golf Club in Calgary, after a homeowner says her kids aren’t safe to play outside with the amount of golf balls that land on her property.

A judge has ruled an injunction in her favour that has forced the golf club to move the tee boxes up 200 yards on the 10th hole, to eliminate the chance of balls landing on her property.

Homeowner Jiamei Liu says she knew when she bought the property that golf balls could land in her yard, but she says the amount landing on her property has been excessive.

“Time-to-time doesn’t mean 150 to 200 balls per golf season. My two neighbours confirm three to five balls per year which is a huge difference.”

John Chen lives next door to Jiamei, and confirms only three balls have hit house in eight years — an amount he says he’s comfortable with.

“I still think the chances are low, and we did not pay for any of the damage since we moved in.”

Gord Courage is the director of golf at The Hamptons, and has been in the golf industry for 30 years. He says this situation could have wide ramifications for all golf course communities.

“All over the world, and certainly all over Calgary, there’s golf courses that have houses nearby, so something like this could drastically change the golf industry and certainly changes our golf course,” Courage said.

Members at the private golf club say the changes to the 10th hole affects the integrity and enjoyment of the course.  can’t relate to the homeowners position.

“If you don’t know that there will be golf balls flying around your house and you choose to live on a golf course, I have have zero pity for that person,” member Murray Patterson said.

“One-hundred per cent their choice. I feel sorry for them, but at the same time they knew what they were getting into.”

Member Peter Grime says there’s an accepted cost to the benefits to living on a golf course.

“It shouldn’t happen all that often, but that’s part of being on a golf course. You get the unrestricted views and everything else, perhaps there’s a cost to it,” Grime said.

As for a middle ground solution, protective netting isn’t an option: the homeowner does not want the netting for home value and aesthetic reasons, while the course has a restrictive covenant against putting up nets.

The Hamptons Golf Club is considering planting bigger trees by the row of houses to adjust the golfers aim off the tee box.

The golf course has appealed the injunction, which will be ruled on in September, until then the hole will remain as a shorter par 4.

Our Councilors Did Not Listen

It is about time someone said no to a development that residents do not want.


The Councilors in Canmore listened, were informed and said no!

It is unfortunate that our City Councilors did not listen to the residents of Highland Park, Harvest Hills or The Hamptons. Instead, they listened to the developer.

It is critical that everyone votes on Monday, October 16th in order to obtain the change that is needed at City Hall.

http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/contentious-canmore-proposal-defeated-developers-are-not-done-yet

Respectfully

THE HAMPTONS RESIDENTS FOR RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT

Developers’ cash seems greener than fairways

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Re: Another golf course redevelopment gets green light at council — this time it’s the Hamptons, April 12

City council has scored another “hat-trick” by rezoning three golf courses to allow for residential development. I feel sorry for residents of Harvest Hills, Highland Park, and the Hamptons. They presented well-reasoned pleas and numerous petitions focused on preservation of urban green space, which is in short supply across the city.

Council’s ongoing focus on “urban densification” without any honest regard to how it affects surrounding neighbourhoods is reflective of a city council that has become increasingly out of touch with their electorate’s wishes. Councillors, lets not to bother with future community open houses on new rezoning applications — we know that any input received will be ignored or brushed away with condescending platitudes.

Rezoning of our green space to accommodate developers and increase the city’s tax base appears to be council’s new mantra!

Robert Dixon, Calgary

Editorial: Loss of links calls for care

The owner of the Hamptons Golf Course plans to build 64 housing units and reconfigure the course so it can continue to cater to golfers.
The owner of the Hamptons Golf Course plans to build 64 housing units and reconfigure the course so it can continue to cater to golfers.

It’s not uncommon for proposed developments to run into opposition, but it’s fair to say the conversion of golf courses into housing are virtually universally unpopular. Who but the developer — and perhaps the city, which experiences an increases in its tax base — would cheer the digging up of cherished green space and the construction of homes and other projects?

City council this week approved the third such redevelopment in six months, but unlike the Highland Park and Harvest Hills properties, the Hamptons Golf Course won’t disappear. Its owner plans to build 64 housing units on the 14th and 15th holes and reconfigure the course so it can continue to cater to golfers.

Still, even with the links remaining operational, the application received more than 2,400 letters and emails expressing opposition.

It’s easy to feel sympathy for the residents who lose their view of the well-manicured grass, punctuated with idyllic groupings of trees and shrubbery and picturesque water features. The homeowners sought out the properties because of their enviable locations, paying a premium for a bit of paradise in the city.

The residents are bound to feel let down, if not tricked, when lush grass is replaced with blacktop and new development.

The golf courses are private property, however. If they can’t turn a profit, it’s unreasonable to believe their owners should be compelled to continue operating, or simply walk away from their investment.

The decisions by city council members are coloured by the fact Calgary is a swelling metropolis and that transitioning to denser communities is a prudent way of accommodating needed housing. A model of development that seemed doable decades ago, is under pressure, just as it is in many parts of the world.

“I appreciate the angst you’re going through, but I need to remind you we live in communities, too,” Ward 1 Coun. Ward Sutherland told Hamptons residents Tuesday.

Sutherland was among the councillors who said change is inevitable, and he went on to relate how the forest his home used to back onto is now the site of several houses.

Residents impacted by the conversion of golf courses should continue to speak up loudly. City council should always recognize the importance of green space and ensure the best compromise possible when it’s reduced, juggling the interests of existing homeowners and those who own the land.

And those whose homes back onto the links, should now realize they can’t count on every golf course to be there forever. Countless Calgarians have learned a painful lesson.

Hamptons Update – April 13, 2017

It is unfortunate that we must report that we encountered an unfavourable decision at City Council on April 11th with respect to the application made by QuantumPlace Developments Ltd. and the Windmill Golf Group to develop the golf course. City Council also approved secondary suites with this application.


However, there are more steps in the process and we want to assure everyone that the Hamptons Community Association remains extremely committed to serving the needs of our community as we work through the next stages of this project.

We wish to express our sincere appreciation to all residents for your support over the past two years and especially to all those who donated their time towards the campaign.

Wishing you and your families a Very Happy Easter!

Respectfully

THE HAMPTONS RESIDENTS FOR RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT

MLA’s Are Rethinking Development- Finally They Are Listening and Speaking Up

Finally More Elected Officials are Listening and Speaking Up …

An area MLA said in the legislature Thursday the City of Calgary should have pushed for design excellence before approving a contentious golf course redevelopment, Highland Park.

Residents expressed outrage last month when a plan to build up to 2070 residential units on the former Highland Park Golf Course was given the green light at City Council, pending a ground water study.

Vancouver based developer Maple Projects Inc.’s pitch for a mixed residential and commercial development on the inner-city land, which sits south of McKnight Boulevard at Centre Street north, has long been protested by neighbours and affected community associations concerned about water drainage and other environmental issues.

Calgary Klein MLA Craig Coolahan delivered a statement about the situation in the legislature Thursday afternoon, stating community members are “not NIMBYists.”

“They believe in densification and livable, vibrant communities. They just want it done right and they don’t believe that the project should have been approved before the regional water study was available,” Coolahan said.

The development proposal passed in Council Chambers on March 20th, in a series of 9-6 and 10-5 votes, while a pitch to extensively review the entire redevelopment process and report back with lessons learned lost on a 7-7 tie.

“Unfortunately, Mr. Speaker, an opportunity is being missed where purposeful urban planning and conservation come together to create a development that truly adds to the City of Calgary,” Coolahan said Thursday.

“Ultimately, the development could have been more innovative and thoughtful and the City of Calgary should have pushed for design excellence before approving the plan. Conservation and meaningful community engagement should not be an afterthought for development but an integral part of development.”

REMINDER – City Council Public Hearing for The Hamptons

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 – 9:30 am
Council Chambers
Main Floor Municipal Building

If you plan to speak before City Council, please let us know.

Respectfully

THE HAMPTONS RESIDENTS FOR RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT

PUBLIC HEARING: Hamptons Golf Course Re-development

From the office of Councillor Joe Magliocca:

Good Afternoon:

As you are aware, The City of Calgary has received a proposal from QuantumPlace Developments Ltd. to subdivide and re-designate a portion of the Hamptons Golf Course lands to allow for residential development in two areas of the existing course.
As with any proposed land use re-designation and area structure plan amendment to City Council, a public hearing must be held by City Council before a decision is made on this proposal.

The Public Hearing for the Hamptons Golf Course Re-development will be held on April 11th, 2017 at 9:30 AM in the Council Chambers.

At a public hearing, anyone may come to city hall and speak directly to Council or submit written comments. You will have five minutes to speak, excluding any questions Council members may ask you. Comments should be brief and should address specific items to this particular land use re-designation.

As with any land use proposal that could come before Council, all councillors, including myself must keep an open mind and listen to the debate between the applicant and the community before determining how to vote. However, as your councillor and as a resident of the Hamptons for over 18 years, I have been working hard to ensure that if this proposal is approved, it will be amended to fit into the Hamptons community in the best possible way.

I have insisted that this proposal include large green space buffers between proposed new homes and current homes that would be impacted by this development. I have also insisted that the new residential homes are designated R-1, meaning single family homes. Unfortunately, on February 23, 2017, the Calgary Planning Commission made a change to the land use map to provide the R-1s designation instead of the original proposal of R-1. The difference between these two land use districts is that the R-1s district accommodates secondary suites. I am planning to introduce an amendment at council to remove the R-1s and replace it with the original R-1 designation. I also want to ensure that this proposal incorporates architectural controls that are consistent with the Hamptons community.

I ask that you invite your friends and neighbours to participate in the public hearing as everyone’s voice and opinion matters.

For more information on this land use re-designation or the public hearing, please see: http://www.calgary.ca/PDA/pd/Pages/Current-studies-and-ongoing-activities/Hamptons-Golf-Course-Redevelopment.aspx?redirect=/hamptonsgolf or feel free to contact my office at: 403-268-2430 orWard02@calgary.ca.

Thank you for your interest in this matter and for your dedication to your community.

Sincerely,

 

Joe Magliocca

Councillor, Ward 2

T 403.268.2430

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NDP MLA wades into controversial redevelopment of Highland Park golf course

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A rendering of the Highland Village Green development, on the former Highland Golf Course lands, proposes around 2,071 multi-family units. Supplied.

An area MLA said in the legislature Thursday the city of Calgary should have pushed for design excellence before approving a contentious golf course redevelopment.

Residents expressed outrage last month when a plan to build up to 2,070 residential units on the former Highland Park Golf Course was given the green light at city council, pending a ground water study.

Vancouver-based developer Maple Projects Inc.’s pitch for a mixed residential and commercial development on the inner-city land, which sits south of McKnight Boulevard at Centre Street north, has long been protested by neighbours and affected community associations concerned about water drainage and other environmental issues.

Calgary-Klein MLA Craig Coolahan delivered a statement about the situation in the legislature Thursday afternoon, stating community members are “not NIMBYists.”

“They believe in densification and livable, vibrant communities. They just want it done right, and they don’t believe that the project should have been approved before the regional water study was available,” Coolahan said.

The development proposal passed in council chambers on March 20, in a series of 9-6 and 10-5 votes, while a pitch to extensively review the entire redevelopment process and report back with lessons learned lost on a 7-7 tie.

“Unfortunately, Mr. Speaker, an opportunity is being missed where purposeful urban planning and conservation come together to create a development that truly adds to the city of Calgary,” Coolahan said Thursday.

“Ultimately, the development could have been more innovative and thoughtful, and the city of Calgary should have pushed for design excellence before approving the plan. Conservation and meaningful community engagement should not be an afterthought for development but an integral part of development.”

Participate – Tuesday, April 11th

Reminder – City Council Public Hearing for The Hamptons


Tuesday, April 11, 2017 – 9:30 am
Council Chambers
Main Floor Municipal Building


For those of you unable to attend due to the hearing being held during Spring Break/Easter vacation, it is available via web cast on the City of Calgary website.

City of Calgary Council meetings are also broadcast to the public on Shaw Cable Channel 89.

We encourage you to attend the hearing and prove to Council that our community from the beginning has been engaged and extremely informed with respect to the application made by QuantumPlace Developments Ltd.

Respectfully

THE HAMPTONS RESIDENTS FOR RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT