A group of dog lovers is one step closer to losing green space that people have been using as a dog park in River Heights.

On Tuesday morning, the city's property and development committee unanimously approved a plan to develop the park for housing.

Although area residents use the park to walk their dogs it isn't technically recognized as a dog park by the city.

The property is actually an old school yard at Beaverbrook Street and Grosvenor Avenue. The plan would see the property turned into 27 lots for new homes.

People at the park Tuesday told CBC News they aren't happy to hear the news.

Esme Harrar, who lives near the park and often takes her dog there, said she's not surprised the committee approved the proposed development.

She said she would have liked to have kept the area a green space.

The proposed layout plan stipulates the new site would allow area residents better access to Beaverbrook Street and Centennial Street and maintains “the location will serve as a community gathering space.”

A new street bisecting where the park currently is would help move additional area traffic between Lanark Street and Beaverbrook, the plan states.