October 4, 2016 9:59 am

Councillors approve Harvest Hills Golf Course rezoning needed for housing development

The entrance to the Harvest Hills Golf Course

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

On Monday, councillors voted 9-5 in favour of re-designating the land, which had been zoned as recreational. They also voted 11-3 in favour of amending the Area Structure Plan.

The decisions clear the way for Cedarglen Homes to build a series of condominiums, townhomes and single-family homes on the nine-hole course, which closed earlier this year.

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

Area residents have voiced strong opposition over the proposed 716-unit development since Cedarglen Homes purchased the golf course in 2014. Many worry the changes will impact their property values, increase traffic and put a strain on area infrastructure.

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

“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,” Ward 3 Councillor Jim Stevenson told Global News on the weekend.

 

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