Vaudreuil-Dorion slightly modifies former Harwood Golf Club land purchase agreement
By John Jantak
PHOTO COURTESY FACEBOOK/HARWOOD GOLF
The agreement of the recent purchase of Harwood Golf Course by the Ville de Vaudreuil-Dorion underwent slight modifications to allow for continued access to private homes which remain on the property.
A minor adjustment was made to an agreement made between the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion and the owner of the former Harwood Golf Club to keep a small swath of land to allow unimpeded access to the private residences that remains on the property.
The agreement for the adjustment was announced at the council meeting on April 19 and was unanimously adopted. For Mayor Guy Pilon the modification is a minor technicality that doesn’t affect the overall intention of converting the former golf club into a large protected green space intended for the use of its residents and other visitors.
“They’re checking the land we’re going to buy and they want to make sure the two private houses and the garage that are there at the entrance have enough land available to enter and exit their remaining property.
They decided to keep a bit more land at the entrance and we decided it’s not a problem,” Pilon told The Journal.
Preserving the natural surroundings
The D’Aoust family which owns the land originally intended to build houses on the approximately two million square feet of property but because of the thick density of the surrounding forest it was impossible to go ahead with that plan. That’s when the city intervened earlier this year and decided to make an offer to purchase the land with the intention of preserving it as a nature reserve
“The project fell through at that point and because we were already in discussions with them we asked them if they would consider selling a part of their land to the town. They said if we were interested they would consider selling everything. We want to preserve it the way it is. People will be able to go there to take advantage of the green space,” said Pilon.
The city is currently working on a plan to determine the strategy it will employ to allow people to use the land this year after the transfer is completed. Future plans with the city’s cultural and recreational organizations will provide a larger scope to work with that will determine how the land will be used in the future.
“One thing for sure we’re going to keep the land as natural as possible,” said Pilon. “It will not change. The first thing we have to do is to make sure we have a good land survey done. We will have to put in some fences where they’re needed but we will not block any entrances that are already there. We want to make sure there is a clear distinction between the private and public lands.”
Emergency fire response agreement
Vaudreuil-Dorion is going ahead with an agreement it made with neighbouring Pointe-des-Cascades to provide firefighting assistance to the small municipality about five kilometres north of Boulevard Harwood.
“We’ve been working on this for over one year now and have signed the final agreement. Starting now we’ll be handling everything related to fires including giving prevention tips and providing the same type of service we already give to Vaudreuil-sur-le-Lac and L’Île-Cadieux. Pointe-des-Cascades will be serviced by the fire station on Route de Lotbinière.
A new fire station is currently being built to replace the former structure which was recently demolished. The city’s fire trucks are presently being housed in a garage directly across the street from the former fire station and will be housed there until the new station is completed. Full firefighting services are still being provided in that part of the city, said Pilon.