The MCA has submitted to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing an assessment of the Minaki Lodge golf course as cultural heritage landscape. The assessment, prepared by Cecelia Paine, Professor of Landscape architecture and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Guelph, and Kirsten Brown, a golf course architect specializing in historical golf courses and cultural heritage landscape theory, concludes that the Stanley Thompson course layout associated with the Minaki Lodge is significant cultural heritage landscape under Ontario’s Provincial Policy Statement. You can find the heritage landscape report under the “Minaki Lodge” button, by scrolling down to the heading “MCA Heritage Landscape Submission to MMAH, July 2014.”
The Provincial Policy Statement, the master land use planning document for all of Ontario, including land in unorganized territory, provides in Section 2.6 that significant cultural heritage landscapes in communities “shall be conserved.” The Paine and Brown report recommends that conservation in the Minaki golf course case be accomplished at a minimum by keeping structures off the course layout and keeping it mowed, resulting in a preservation of the course green space and preserving the potential to bring the course back into operation at a future time.
The redevelopment plan submitted in 2012 by Bob Banman and Bob Schinkel is inconsistent with this required preservation. At a sensible smaller density, however, there is plenty of room on the Lodge site for the redeveloper’s proposed use as seasonal residential condominium units and plenty of opportunity for a successful project, along with preservation of this important heritage landscape.