The Lakeside Greens Golf Course Preservation Society has received an overwhelming amount of support from Chestermere residents showcasing “Say no to rezoning” signs on their properties.
Over 800 Lakeside Greens Golf Course Preservation Society signs can be spotted throughout the community, on residential properties, and on the golf course.
“It’s overwhelming support. Non-stop people calling, texting, and emailing us and asking where they can get the signs,” said Executive Director of the Lakeside Greens Golf Course Preservation Society, Darby King-Maillot.
“We were doing a door-to-door campaign before COVID-19 shut us down. We went to about 340 homes and we had unbelievable support, there wasn’t anyone who thought the golf course development was a good idea,” she said.
The Lakeside Greens Golf Course Preservation Society online petition currently has over 4,600 signatures of individuals who are in opposition of rezoning the Lakeside Golf Club land.
“The prince of peace closure and the new students being absorbed into the Chestermere school system just underlines how crucial it is that we don’t allow 1,200 new homes on the golf course,” King-Maillot said.
Adding, “There’s no proposed school site for the plan that Slokker Homes had originally shown the public. To add 1,200 new homes and no school site is a recipe for disaster on top of the Prince of Peace situation.”
Having the signs throughout the community is important to the Lakeside Greens Golf Course Preservation Society as it represents how many people are against the golf course development.
“It’s really valuable to see the signs and see how unified the community is, and how many people are opposed to the development,” King-Maillot said.
The Lakeside Greens Golf Course Preservation Society believes that the community opposition to the Slokker Homes rezoning of the Lakeside Golf Club has united residents in a time when everyone has to be a part due to COVID-19.
“We’re all united in this. It’s neat talking to neighbours and it’s the topic of conversation at the mailboxes, it’s amazing to see the community come together, support and rally in this cause,” King-Maillot said.
“Right now, we’ve paused our door-to-door campaign until the COVID-19 situation improves. When it improves, we’ll be going full steam ahead on that,” she said.
The Lakeside Greens Golf Course Preservation Society signs will be on display throughout the community until a decision is made on rezoning the Lakeside Golf Club land.
“If they decide to sell to one of the interested buyers, then our fight is over and we don’t have to worry about this anymore,” King-Maillot said.
After a decision is made on the future of the land, the Lakeside Greens Golf Course Preservation Society is committed to donating any of the funds that have been raised to the revitalization of the golf course.
“The preservation society commits to donating any of the funds that we’ve raised when this battle is over, and new ownership takes over the golf course,” King-Maillot said.
Adding, “Our golf course is another thing that makes Chestermere so great.”
To receive a sign, residents are encouraged to email the Lakeside Greens Golf Course Preservation Society at, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information visit, https://lakesidepreservation.com/.