Good morning Maurice,
Rumours are circulating that the forest located off the golf club hole #8 has been gifted to Whitchurch Stouffville. Is this valid ?
Thank you for your question. The following information is being shared with you for the purpose and my goal of keeping BGCC residents advised on a timely basis, of matters happening within and near our golf course community.
Last year I was advised by Schickedanz Brothers that they have now completed the final build-out of their Ballantrae Golf Club project. Yes they will still own the golf course — no it has not been sold — no it is not for sale – no they are not going to build any more homes within BGCC. The project has come to an end after the 20 years of building. There are however a few issues they asked me as your councillor and the town staff to address. Most of these can be classified as minor changes made to the original official plan. All but two have been addressed.
The main one of the outstanding matters deals with the bush lot or parcel of land between the eighth fairway of the golf course and the Ninth Line. In total these lands consist of 11.67 hectares or approximately 29 acres. This parcel, as is all the golf course, is on the Oak Ridges Moraine and therefore governed by the Province and the Moraine legislation.
With this parcel of land — Schickedanz really had two viable options; One they could hold or sell to a developer and wait out any change that may happen to the Moraine Act and then develop on it. They do have title and the right to build one home on a small piece of land outside this marked up boundary. That parcel is noted as Part 36. —-
Their second option was to invoke a section under the Oak Ridges Moraine Act that allows for the severance of lands to: —- “facilitate conveyance to a public body for natural heritage conservation.” —- Discussions between Schickedanz, myself and town staff over the last many months, have led to their decision to sever the outlined acreage and donate it as heritage lands. Basically the property title for this 29 acres would be transferred to the Stouffville Park Trust. The best part of this if this is the ultimate disposition is that the lands would then never be developed with houses.
In order to continue through this process I had council, at a meeting in June pass a motion providing staff the authority to finalize this matter. In effect this is now before staff with the objective to having this property designated as heritage lands by the end of the summer.
Your questions and comments can be forwarded to me through my town email address. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Councillor Ward 2