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:
The standard practice across Ontario has been to redevelop golf courses 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. At Millcroft, we are only considering single-family homes that are compatible with the existing community fabric for the new development that abuts the golf course. We are not considering townhomes, stacked-towns or semi-detached homes. A six-storey mid-rise building is also being proposed along Dundas Street, but this will not have an adverse effect on the golf course, or the surrounding neighbourhood. It will be on the opposite side of the Hydro Corridor for the majority of the community.
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 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?
We understand that the concerns raised about safety may feel overblown to some, especially to those who may be trading the occasional broken window for the possibility of their lot no longer backing onto the golf course. However, this does not change the fact that there are ongoing issues with the design of the course. These issues continue to impact the operations of the course and while safety is not the primary reason that Millcroft Greens is pursuing development, we believe that the changes being proposed will significantly mitigate structural issues 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. That means that the majority of homes that currently abut the golf course will not be negatively impacted by the proposed development. For residents who live immediately adjacent to Blocks A, B, C and D, we have taken the following measures to help retain 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 will range in size from 2,500 square feet to over 4,000 square feet.
We will be providing a 20 foot planted landscape buffer between new and existing properties to help address privacy concerns. This landscape buffer will be professionally maintained by the condominium corporations that will be created as part of the new developments.
We will be providing compensation to those individuals who are immediately impacted by the various development blocks. The proposed range of compensation was communicated directly to these homeowners at a private meeting held on February 19th at the Burlington Convention Centre.
Block E is also being proposed along Dundas Street. This will not have an adverse effect on the golf course or the surrounding neighbourhood, as it will be on the opposite side of the Hydro Corridor for the majority of the community.
4. What if I would like to use the buffer space as part of my yard?
Millcroft Greens will be engaging in community dialogue over the next few months, working within Covid guidelines. We are open to considering alternatives for how to use the buffer space if we can reach unanimous alignment within individual community parcels.
5. How can we be assured this is not the first phase 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.
6. 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 an 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.
7. 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.
We acknowledge that there will be a portion of the existing Millcroft Golf Community who will be unhappy with the proposed changes. We hope that over time this group will agree that we have developed a new course design that will please golfers of all skill levels and bring new opportunities to the community.
8. I have a question about the specific hole that abuts my backyard. Who should I talk to?
We will be holding additional community engagement opportunities, pending Covid-19 guidelines, early in the new year. Homeowners will have the opportunity to discuss property-specific questions at this time. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org with property specific questions, and someone will get back to you.
9. On the February 19th meeting you said a letter would be sent offering further details on compensation. Why hasn’t anything been sent?
Since our initial impacted homeowners meeting, we have heard from many members of the community with regards to compensation and the proposed private landscape buffer. There have been several creative ideas on compensation as well as several recommendations related to the landscape buffer. This feedback has led us to pause and reflect as our team completes an internal review and consideration.
We want to be extremely clear that we remain committed to compensating impacted homeowners. We define impacted homeowners as anyone whose property currently abuts one of the four parcels along the golf course earmarked for development. This compensation will be paid if Millcroft Greens receives the necessary approvals for our plans, as proposed, to move forward.
10. 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, submits a comprehensive traffic impact study. The city will determine if the impact on traffic is acceptable or if our application requires amendments on this topic. From our research, we believe that our proposed pockets of development will have minimal impact on the Community’s existing traffic volumes. The traffic report will be made public once the city deems our submission complete, at which point we will provide a link.
11. Where will the new maintenance shed be located?
The new maintenance shed – which will be significantly smaller than the current shed, we should note – will be located near the clubhouse.
12. 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. When there are new homes on that part of the course, storm flows (rainwater) will continue to flow away from homes. Our plan is intended to actually improve conditions on the course. Again, the city requires details plans on strategies to manage stormwater. These plans will be made public once the city deems our submission complete, at which point we will also provide a link.
13. How will you change your plan if certain parcels aren’t approved?
We believe our proposal reflects good community planning; a plan that is the result of many rounds of adjustments. If there are concerns raised by stakeholders on certain parcels, we are confident that we will be able to evolve our plan to address those concerns.
Further Technical Questions related to green space, traffic, environment, conservation, engineering, schools, etc.
Once our submission is deemed complete, which means that the city believes we included all the required documents, these reports will become part of the public domain and you will be able to see how Millcroft Greens addresses all of these concerns. We will satisfy all of the criteria related to traffic, green space, engineering studies, environmental conservation etc. as laid out by the City of Burlington, the Region of Halton, Conservation Halton and all other relevant agencies.
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