Hollydale Golf Course

Paul Hillen and other residents are concerned about traffic, flooding, overcrowding of schools and the removal of green space if the proposed development gets approved.

PLYMOUTH — Three events in the next several weeks will take a look at the future of the Hollydale Golf Course, which faces a proposed 319-home development.

On Wednesday, Feb. 12, the developers will host a neighborhood meeting regarding the proposal from 6:30-8 p.m. at Wayzata High School’s Auditorium 1, 4955 Peony Lane N. The meeting is informational for neighbors of the proposed development and will be a rundown of the proposal and an opportunity for GW Land Development to get feedback from neighbors.

The Plymouth Planning Commission will discuss the proposed development at its 7 p.m. meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Plymouth City Hall, 3400 Plymouth Blvd. The commission will discuss the proposal and its recommendation to the City Council to either approve or deny the proposal.

The City Council will discuss the proposed development at its 7 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, March 10, at Plymouth City Hall. The council will discuss the Planning Commission’s recommendation and potentially vote on the proposal.

Paul Hillen, a member of Preserve Hollydale, a group of neighbors of the golf course hoping to prevent the development, told Lakeshore Weekly News hundreds of concerned citizens will be attending each meeting to speak about their concerns regarding the proposal.

The project

GW Land Development of MN is proposing the city rezone the land from green space to residential use so it can develop 319 homes on the 160-acre property located north of Old Rockford Road, south of Schmidt Lake Road, east of Peony Lane and west of Vicksburg Lane.

The rezoning would require the city to amend its 2040 Comprehensive Plan, City Manager Dave Callister told Lakeshore Weekly News in December 2019.

The city completed an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) on Jan. 27 triggering a 30-day review period, which will end on Feb. 26. After this period, the city can make decisions on the EAW and project.

The city has also received a sketch plan and concept plan from GW Land Development, which is meant for non-binding input from the city and residents.

Frances Stevenson is a reporter for the Lakeshore Weekly News, covering the communities around Lake Minnetonka.