In June 2018, Mattamy Homes put forward an application to the City of Ottawa to redevelop part of their privately-owned Stonebridge Golf Course, proposing the development of additional homes in the area. The application generated strong opposition from the community. In July 2018, Mattamy Homes withdrew the development application with the objective to seek community input on the proposal.
Following multiple public meetings coordinated by the Stonebridge Community Association, Mattamy Homes and the City of Ottawa, the Stonebridge Working Group (SWG) was formed in the Spring of 2019. SWG’s mandate was to identify issues, options and possible solutions that may be acceptable to all parties. The SWG has engaged in numerous public meetings and open house sessions since its inception.
In July 2019, the SWG presented a proposed solution regarding the future of the Stonebridge Golf Course. Mattamy Homes will proceed with an application to develop 158 units on a portion of the site, and has agreed to operate the golf course for an additional ten years and not develop the land if the golf course land is acquired on behalf of the Stonebridge Community at a purchase price of $6 million.
SWG conducted a preliminary survey of residents to determine support for the special area levy. The working group received 1,039 completed responses from 3,330 households surveyed and advised that the majority of respondents supported the levy.
The Ward Councillors subsequently submitted a report to the Finance and Economic Development Committee outlining the highlights of the proposal, recommending the approval of a community-wide ballot to determine support for an area specific levy in order to purchase 198 acres of golf course lands located in the Stonebridge community.
On October 9, 2019, City Council approved the recommended ballot as a means to determine the community’s view on the proposed SWG solution.
Property owners in the catchment area will receive an information package from the City of Ottawa that contains background information, information on how to vote, a ballot and a prepaid return envelope in the mail.
More information regarding the special levy and voting process is included below.