Private golf courses could see tax breaks if motion passed

Calgary golf courses could see their taxes trimmed by 20 per cent if a motion by Coun. Ward Sutherland is passed by council. Sutherland said courses inside the city are paying a large portion of their annual income in taxes because courses are taxed based on their annual property assessments, regardless of their seasonal operations. The city…

Source: Private golf courses could see tax breaks if motion passed

The quote above should read PRIVATE golf courses.  Public courses are owned by the City and are not taxed.

Golf courses are green space.  Protect them.

 

Councillors approve Harvest Hills Golf Course rezoning needed for housing development

COMMUNITIES FIRST
COMMUNITIES FIRST

Despite growing opposition, a Calgary homebuilder’s plans to redevelop the shuttered Harvest Hills golf course have cleared a major hurdle.

Source: Councillors approve Harvest Hills Golf Course rezoning needed for housing development

This land was not needed for housing.  It was rezoned because the developer lobbied Council for a higher return on his investment.

This is another example of Council ignoring the wishes of the community, which loudly demonstrated it wanted the green space protected.

Fate of Harvest Hills Golf Course to be decided by council Monday

A major decision is expected Monday in a battle that’s spanned nearly two-years. City council will decide the fate of Harvest Hills Golf Course in Calgary’s northeast.

Source: Fate of Harvest Hills Golf Course to be decided by council Monday

Council need not approve this “rezoning”.  Its rational is always that it is private land, therefore the owner has the right to do with it as they please.  Of course they do, but within the current zoning, which they knew when they bought it.

Homes could replace holes on old Harvest Hills golf course

Nearly a year after the Harvest Hills golf course was closed by its new owners, a proposal is before the City’s Planning Committee. They are hoping for approval to add 700 residential units on the old fairways.

Source: Homes could replace holes on old Harvest Hills golf course

The committee will decide if the special purpose recreation designation on the land will be changed to allow homes.

This is what always happens with this Council.  The green space would not be developed if the Council simply maintained the current zoning.  But it gives in to developers, like it did at Paskapoo slopes and Shawnee Slopes.

The council’s rationale is that the land is private, so the owners can do what they what with it.  However, the owners knew what the zoning was when they bought the land, so why should the Council bail them out by rezoning and oh, by the way, increasing the value of the land.

Residents pack town hall discussing future of Harvest Hills Golf Course

Hundreds of people packed a town hall meeting at a northeast hotel on Wednesday to voice their concern over the proposed development of the Harvest Hills Golf Course.

Source: Residents pack town hall discussing future of Harvest Hills Golf Course

The threat to Harvest Hills green space is endemic to Calgary.  The last two major loses (Shawnee Slopes and McCall Lake), were both breezily dismissed by the major as being doomed from the start by a flawed process.  Hardly consolation to residents – just ask those that tried to save Paskapoo Slopes from development.

Calgary needs a change of attitude at the Council level: communities first.