Frequently asked questions
1. Why Is Millcroft Greens Developing the Golf Course?
Millcroft Greens is a joint-venture partnership between Argo Development Corporation and Millcroft Golf Club.
We are developing the golf course because it presents an excellent infill opportunity to introduce a few parcels of residential development, while continuing to maintain and operate an 18-hole golf course. We believe that we are better suited to deliver a seamless addition of housing to the Millcroft Community than anyone within the development industry.
We believe this for a number of reasons:
In the past 20 years Ontario has seen many of its urban golf courses redeveloped in their entirety. That is not our intention at Millcroft Golf Club; we are only looking at developing five carefully selected blocks. This approach allows us to preserve a challenging executive-style 18-hole golf course at a shorter length.
Golf Course redevelopments typically involve increased density—often a significant increase—relative to the surrounding communities. Millcroft Greens is proposing single-family homes that are compatible with the existing community fabric. A density block is also being proposed along Dundas Street which will provide the opportunity for either townhouse development (which is currently permitted by the Official Plan) or a mid-rise apartment building.
Our goal in preserving an 18-hole golf course is to continue to support the sport in two distinct ways: first, we will amend the course to be shorter in length, which is on trend with new golf course development, second, we will preserve and improve a community course within our neighbourhood, an increasingly rare amenity.
We can confidently state that this is not the standard approach when it comes to golf-course redevelopment, but is one that we believe balances the need for new single family executive homes while complimenting our community.
2. Why did Millcroft Greens say they were pursuing development due to safety concerns?
The issues around safety continue to impact the operations of the course. We believe that the changes being proposed will significantly mitigate these concerns by shortening and redesigning the layout of the course. The outcome will be a course that is safer for everyone, welcoming for beginners and inviting for a family-friendly atmosphere.
3. How will Millcroft Greens Impact Property Values?
Millcroft Greens is proposing developing five parcels of land within the property, while maintaining an 18-hole golf course. Although current market activity suggests that prices have only increased since Millcroft Greens made its development applications, for residents who live immediately adjacent to Blocks A, B, C and D, we have taken the following additional measures to help enhance property values:
We are only developing single family homes that replicate the current community fabric. All homes will have at least a 50-foot frontage and are expected to range in size from 2,500 square feet to over 4,000 square feet.
We will be providing a 20-foot landscape buffer between new and existing properties to help address privacy concerns.
Block E, which is located along Dundas Street will not have an adverse effect on the golf course or the surrounding neighbourhood, as it is separated from the majority of the community by a major Hydro Corridor which runs diagonally through the Millcroft Community. The western edge of Block E does interface with the townhouse community on Rawlins Common, and that will take that into consideration when finalizing site design details.
4. How can we be assured this is not the first of a multiphase plan and that you won’t be back in 5 years for more?
It is not our intention to develop any further parcels of land. We are currently only looking at the five proposed blocks and are making a multi-million-dollar investment into the golf course to convert it into an executive style course. The current owners of the Millcroft Golf Club have retained a 50% ownership stake of Millcroft Greens in order to continue operating the golf course once these changes are completed.
5. Why did you pick the parcels in your plans?
When Millcroft Greens embarked on this process, we reviewed all opportunities for development throughout the property to evaluate our potential options. At that time, there were three major criteria guiding our decision-making process:
Respecting the significant environmental features and floodplain hazards within the property
Understanding and working with typical development setbacks to the gas pipeline running through the course limits to ensure safe and responsible planning
Ensuring the continued operation of a viable 18-hole golf course
By taking these factors into consideration, we were able to develop the concept for the redesigned Millcroft Golf Club and select areas for expansion of the Millcroft Community.
6. What makes you think that an executive golf course is a viable option for Millcroft Greens?
We are developing Millcroft Greens, first and foremost, because we think it is a good development opportunity. But we also see the opportunity for an executive golf course as a model for accommodating the need for a friendly, approachable golf experience. Our wish is for Millcroft Golf Club to become a destination for seniors, couples, families, casual players and beginners, as well as a great option for experienced players looking for opportunities to play a shorter round of golf.
7. I have a question about the specific hole that abuts my backyard. Who should I talk to?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with property specific questions, and someone will get back to you.
8. How will the increased traffic from the new homes impact the community and what plans are there to mitigate?
Millcroft Greens, as part of its application, submitted a comprehensive traffic impact study. The City will determine if the impact on traffic is acceptable or if our application requires amendments to address traffic issues. From our research, we believe that our proposed pockets of development will have minimal impact on the Community’s existing traffic volumes. The amended traffic report is available on the City’s website here.
9. Where will the new maintenance shed be located?
The new maintenance shed – which will be significantly smaller than the current shed, will be located near the clubhouse and will be architecturally designed to be complimentary to the existing clubhouse.
10. I’m worried about flooding – whenever there is a heavy rain, the course floods. If you put homes there, won’t our yards flood?
The simple answer is no. When you see the course flood, that is the stormwater management plan functioning as intended – directing water away from homes. The Millcroft Greens proposal must maintain that environmental/engineering principle. Millcroft Greens has submitted an extensive engineering/environmental package which in part deals with the management of stormwater on the site. This submission is being reviewed by both City engineers and experts at Conservation Halton. This submission is available on the city’s website which can be accessed through this link.