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Stonebridge golf course redesign - Community levy vote

Project Status: 
Underway

Overview

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.

Purchasing the Land and the Estimated Tax Levy

As outlined in the proposal, and to comply with the Municipal Act, 2001, the City of Ottawa would have to purchase the golf course from Mattamy Homes and sell or lease the land to the local community group for a nominal amount after collecting the levy. The land would be retained for its current use or as 198 acres of green space should the local community group not acquire the lands from the City. If the land is converted to green space, Mattamy Homes would retain 5.5 acres to develop a portion of the clubhouse and maintenance area land. The purchase would require funds to be raised from all affected property owners by way of a special area levy. If approved by City Council, the levy would be added to annual property tax bills over nine years, beginning in 2021 until 2029. The levy is based on $7 million ($6 million for the land purchase and $1 million for legal fees, taxes and transfer fees).

The annual amount of the special area levy is anticipated to be $48 per $100,000 of 2019 residential assessed value. The annual levy will be based on the assessed value of the property and will range from approximately $166 to $460:

Stonebridge Golf Course - Estimated Annual Levy
Stonebridge Golf Course – Estimated Annual Levy Amount to Property Owners
2019 MPAC Assessed - Value of Home* Number of properties Approximate Annual Levy in $
Less than $350,000 895 <166
$350,000 to $500,000 668 166-238
$500,000 to $650,000 1,388 238-309
$650,000 to $800,000 412 309-380
$800,000 and above 22 380-460

*Subject to MPAC Reassessment

Stonebridge Levy Catchment Area

The list of affected properties located in the Barrhaven (3), Rideau-Goulbourn (21) and Gloucester-South Nepean (22) Wards that will receive this proposed special area levy was developed by the Stonebridge Working Group in consultation with the Stonebridge Community Association and the Half Moon Bay Community Association.

Stonebridge Levy Catchment Area Map

Community Ballot Voting Information and Process

The ballot question is: Do you support a levy to purchase 198 acres of golf course lands located in the Stonebridge community, administered by the City of Ottawa, and collected annually through your property tax bill for a period of nine years?

Properties subject to the proposed special area levy will receive one ballot. Only one ballot per household is permitted.

Ballots can be submitted for a 30-day period beginning Thursday, October 10, 2019 until Friday, November 8, 2019, at 4 pm.

  • Completed ballots can be mailed to the Office of the City Clerk, City of Ottawa, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON, K1P 1J1 using the prepaid envelope included in the package. Alternatively, completed ballots can be delivered in person at the City of Ottawa Archives building located at 100 Tallwood Drive, Nepean, K2G 4R7, Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm.

A completed ballot must include the following information:

  • The property owner’s first and last name;
  • The property address, including the postal code;
  • The property owner’s signature and date; and
  • One vote in favour of the levy OR one vote against the levy.

Over voting (choosing both options), under voting (choosing no options) and incomplete ballots (missing one or more requirements from above) will be considered spoiled and will not be counted.

Ballot Results

The Stonebridge Community levy consultation is now complete. City staff will report back to the Finance and Economic Development Committee and Council with next steps.

Staff from the Office of the City Clerk have reviewed and counted all submitted ballots. The ballot results are as follows:

‘YES’ to the Levy 1,470
‘NO’ to the Levy 741
Blank Ballots 0
Spoiled Ballots 6

Ballots will be preserved as records and retained in accordance with the City’s Record Retention and Disposition By-law.

Contact

For more information on the Stonebridge Community Levy Vote, please contact 613-580-2424 ext. 27032 or stonebridge@ottawa.ca.

The Stonebridge Community Association has provided additional information at www.stonebridgeca.com