Some residents living on the outer edges of the Inverness Golf course in TBL plan to oppose any housing development that could be planned on the golf course. This comes after the owner of the golf course, Marc Fontaine, said that he would not open the golf course this summer. (See Tempo’s article in March issue).
At TBL Council’s last public meeting, Me Benoît Bourgon, a lawyer claiming to represent those residents, said he wants council to prevent any residential development on the land. At the same meeting, council had tabled a notice of motion – essentially an expression of intention, not of action, on the part of Council – in order to allow only golfing activities on the Inverness golf course. In Bourgon’s view this was not enough. Bourgon said he wants the town to forbid residential construction. In the end council withdrew the motion.
When asked by Tempo who he represented and what precisely he expected from the town, Bourgon said “I don’t want this to become public.’’ The number of people he represents exactly and on what authority are also to be kept secret.
On behalf of the town, Director-General Gilbert Arel told Tempo that the town’s lawyers are looking at the actual zoning of the golf course. The town says it is zoned for single family housing whereas, in previous discussions with the town, the “residents group’’ claimed that a mistake was made in the zoning of that land when it was developed in the late 80s. The town has put the issue in the hands of its lawyers.
In the meantime, Marc Fontaine, the owner of the Golf course has not said publicly what he intends to do other than to indicate that he will maintain the course. This has prompted speculation on the part of some residents that he wants to sell the land.
While some residents want to keep the lid on their intentions, other sources told Tempo that meetings have taken place between the residents and the owner of the golf course in order to find ways to keep the green space.
Guy Thibodeau, a resident of the Inverness condos across from the golf, told Tempo that, “like many residents, I am disappointed by recent developments and I hope that we keep the golf course, it brings value to our properties.” Thibodeau acknowledges that golf courses are closing in many parts of the province. “The golf course in Foster closed recently; it is not a growth industry anymore.’’
Before going to press, Tempo learned that a public meeting will take place to discuss the future of the golf course.