October 2, 2016 9:44 pm
Updated: October 3, 2016 2:05 pm

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

WATCH ABOVE: The battle over the development of Harvest Hills Golf Course goes before council Monday and council is expected to decide whether new homes will be built on the site. Global’s David Boushy reports.

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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.

More than 700 hundred homes could be built on the green space.

The decision on whether to rezone the area is expected to be made by council on Monday.

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The land was sold to Cedarglen Homes, who have continued to operate it as a golf course but plan to develop a series of condominiums, townhomes and single family home afterward.

There’s no lack of opposition, as many in the Harvest Hills community have been full tilt against the project since day one and they want city council on their side.

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

“They need to represent us properly and that means no to this plan,” Rick Lundy, northern hills community association, said.

WATCH: As Tracy Nagai reports, more than 700 hundred homes could be built on the green space.

The passion to see the proposed development stopped only continues to grow since one of its first open houses in 2014.

“There’s a lot of people that are emotionally charged about this. I would be too if I had spent my life savings on a home that backed on to a golf course and then I wake-up some morning and read the paper and it says there’s going to be houses built there. I’d be upset too, right,” Jim Stevenson, councillor for Ward 3, said.

It’s not just those who have views of the greens that are outraged, infrastructure is major concern in the area.

“We’re infrastructure starved up here. we don’t have proper schools, medical services, health services, space, meeting rooms and recreation that should be up here to be a healthy community,” Lundy said.

The developer says creating demand comes first.

“It does take time for communities to build out and become complete, but as those additional rooftops and people are there, I think you’ll see all those additional services come into play,” Chris Ollenberger, from Quantumplace Development, said.

City administration has made a recommendation to approve the rezoning but city council will make the final decision.

If the developer gets its way, shovels could be in the ground by next summer.

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