HISTORY

OF CITY CONVERSATIONS REGARDING THE FUTURE OF GOLF IN PLYMOUTH

November 20, 1996 City Council Resolution

Delete proposed sewer assessment for Elm Creek & Hollydale.  "City is considering whether theses golf courses should be preserved and protected as recreational facilities which should continue to provide this service to the community... and assessments could prematurely induce the property owners to develop the property as another use"

January 2, 2002 Park & Rec Advisory Commission

We are monitoring all three golf courses closely at this time. Commissioner Fiemann asked if the City could be sued over denying development. It could eventually end up in court, Blank said. 

November 20, 1996 City Council Resolution

Delete proposed sewer assessment for Elm Creek & Hollydale.  "City is considering whether theses golf courses should be preserved and protected as recreational facilities which should continue to provide this service to the community... and assessments could prematurely induce the property owners to develop the property as another use"

November 10, 1999 Park & Rec Advisory Commission Minutes

"Director Blank stated that the recent city survey revealed that 52 percent of Plymouth residents play golf on a somewhat regular basis. This is second only to walking as a recreational activity. The resident survey also shows strong interest in preserving at least one golf course if it becomes apparent that the land may be sold to a developer.... Blank explained the City's policies  with respect  to golf courses. First, the City will avoid any action (such as assessments for public improvements) that would encourage redevelopment of the courses for other uses; second, it's in the city' s best interest to keep at least one 18-hole course in Plymouth; and third, if we must preserve one of the golf courses, it should be Hollydale, because of its location, the quality of the course, and the nearby wetlands."

"Commissioner Priebe stated that for the benefit of its residents, the City should step in and take over the operation of a private golf course, if it wasn' t economically feasible for a private owner to continue. Other commissioners agreed."

February 21, 2001 Planning Commission Meeting Minutes

Remove Holly Lane as minor collector. Eliminate connection across tracks. (20159)

April 7, 2001 Special City Council Meeting

Preliminary discussion re: the future of Hollydale. "The Comp Plan has identified a need to retain at least one golf course for public play in the city." Brief discussion re: City purchase. City manager says that purchase of land for a golf course "would not be practical"

January 2, 2002 Park & Rec Advisory Commission

We are monitoring all three golf courses closely at this time. Commissioner Fiemann asked if the City could be sued over denying development. It could eventually end up in court, Blank said. 

July 14, 2005 Park & Rec Advisory Commission Minutes

Blank noted "controversial court decision regarding a golf course in Eagan." [Commissioner] asked if the city had ever looked into purchasing a golf course. Blank said he has had discussions over the years with the owners of Hampton Hills, Hollydale and Elm Creek, but nothing ever came of it, and now two of these courses have been sold to developers. Blank said we may end up with four executive courses in Plymouth, but probably never an 18 -hole course. 

March 9, 2006 Joint City Council/Planning Commission Minutes

Discuss land use for NW Plymouth. Director Hurlburt: "The land-use planning approach to the City' s existing golf courses should be examined in order to explore ways to preserve the open space values they provide to the community while recognizing that the owners may wish to make other uses of the land." 

Consultant: Suggested that the Council consider establishing a separate land use guide plan designation for current operating and future golf courses —distinguish from public parks and recreational facilities, or public/semi-public/institutional category. The general concept of this issue could include redevelopment of 18 -hole golf course requires retention of 9 -hole course for private or public use, based on compatibility with area land uses, transportation network, and public utilities or redevelopment of any golf course requires compatibility with adjacent land uses, transportation network, and public utilities, and the retention of at least 50% of original the golf course area as permanent open space ( City has discretion if option exists to accept as public open space). 

" Each of the Councilmembers and Planning Commissioners commented briefly on the four land use concepts presented, and a vast majority of them favored the rural-to-urban transition."

"Director Blank stated that the recent city survey revealed that 52 percent of Plymouth residents play golf on a somewhat regular basis. This is second only to walking as a recreational activity. The resident survey also shows strong interest in preserving at least one golf course if it becomes apparent that the land may be sold to a developer.... Blank explained the City's policies  with respect  to golf courses. First, the City will avoid any action (such as assessments for public improvements) that would encourage redevelopment of the courses for other uses; second, it's in the city' s best interest to keep at least one 18-hole course in Plymouth; and third, if we must preserve one of the golf courses, it should be Hollydale, because of its location, the quality of the course, and the nearby wetlands."

"Commissioner Priebe stated that for the benefit of its residents, the City should step in and take over the operation of a private golf course, if it wasn' t economically feasible for a private owner to continue. Other commissioners agreed."

April 7, 2001 Special City Council Meeting

Preliminary discussion re: the future of Hollydale. "The Comp Plan has identified a need to retain at least one golf course for public play in the city." Brief discussion re: City purchase. City manager says that purchase of land for a golf course "would not be practical"