Golf course sale height­ens green space is­sues

Res­i­dents and coun­cil­lor had hoped the de­vel­op­ment could con­nect path sys­tems

Thornhill Post - - News - by Ge­orge Redak

With hole about were space the op­por­tu­nity with In “Be­cause city’s of hop­ing the an a run­ning the the new ef­fort Royal ma­jor de­creas­ing Thorn­hill of 26-acre for that to around where Or­chard path the the mit­i­gate city condo sys­tems. amount Ladies’ pro­posed the the to path yet con­nect land de­vel­op­ment de­vel­op­ment, Golf of sys­tem,” an­other project green is Club, the si­t­u­ated, space would in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion Pomona said com­mu­nity slated which Mia in it bring to the is Mills would Poscente, be a area. with lead­ers built once-in-a-life­time Park project, con­nect it over a pres­i­dent path are new res­i­dents the wor­ried sys­tem two green 18th of of Royal help not Poscente “We’ve be al­le­vi­ate Or­chard able been was to some made Ratepay­ers’ hope­ful do of that,” aware the the green said As­so­ci­a­tion of city that space Justin would pro­posal, is­sues van (RORA). em­brace Dette, fac­ing but un­for­tu­nately, this this Tridel’s idea neigh­bour­hood. com­mu­nity that we would will re­la­tions through Although pri­vate di­rec­tor. a prop­erty.” small “It will park cut is

in­cluded min­i­mal so­lu­tion in Tridel’s to plans, the prob­lem it is a of eyes green of RORA. space in the area, in the

the “We golf do course not like sold the a piece idea of that its land,” said Poscente. “It is a vi­tal piece of green space, home to trees, an­i­mals, birds and in­sects. It is part of a bird mi­gra­tion path, so the whole green space there is cru­cial to our com­mu­nity.”

De­vel­op­ing on this land also ex­ac­er­bates the traf­fic pres­sure that al­ready ex­ists in the area.

“This is a piece of green space that we did not an­tic­i­pate be­ing de­vel­oped,” said Markham Ward 1 coun­cil­lor Va­lerie Burke. “The in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion is to hap­pen along Yonge Street.”

Tridel has made it clear that it is work­ing closely with the com­mu­nity to min­i­mize the im­pact of this de­vel­op­ment on traf­fic con­ges­tion.

“We are con­cerned with traf­fic as well,” said Paul Bussier, the gen­eral man­ager of the Ladies Golf Club. “So any­thing the city can do to im­prove traf­fic would be fan­tas­tic.” Burke has been on the side of the res­i­dents from the be­gin­ning. “My pref­er­ence as a res­i­dent and a coun­cil­lor is that I would have the Golf course left alone, but that’s not the re­al­ity,” said Burke.

This is a piece of green space that we did not an­tic­i­pate be­ing de­vel­oped.”

Mia Poscente of Royal Or­chard Ratepay­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion

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