Councillor Froude asked for clarification on the details surrounding the open space in the development and asked why the recommendation to exclude open space was given by the Parks Division.
Mr. Brian Head, Manager of Parks, and Open Spaces advised that the distance from existing services was within the 800-metre radius as per the parks and recreation master plan and it avoids a duplication of services within a given radius. Mr. Ken O'Brien, Chief Municipal Planner, also added that the open space proposed was very small, and it was found that it would not be useful open space for City purposes.
Deputy Mayor O'Leary was very encouraged to see the incorporation of the wetland studies and floodplains but had some concerns about the flight path for this new residential development. She added that she is pleased to see the recommendations from the Commissioner in the report.
Councillor Burton inquired as to whether the developer pays cash in-lieu to the City if there is no open space development within the proposed development area and if those funds could be earmarked for improvements to existing recreation infrastructure in that area. Mr. Head advised that if open space is not required the City does look for payment in-lieu and noted that there are several amenities and trails in this area, and with funds available in the Open Space reserve upgrades can be done for those spaces in the area.
Councillor Froude asked what the current amenities are in the area, that is not the golf course or the walking trails. Mr. Head advised that there is park land, open space and a recreational area, as well as several playgrounds in the service radius.