FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

PURCHASING A LOT or HOME

Ardrossan offers both options. If you navigate through our LOT MAPS section, you can click on different lots to see whether they are sold, for sale through a builder, or for sale to the public.

Yes, there is nothing stopping you to inquire with a builder about purchasing a lot that they have committed to from them. However, the majority of the builders working in Ardrossan are custom builders, so we strongly suggest you meeting with them first to see if there is a fit in potentially having them build your house. These builders have a great reputation throughout the community for being able to execute whatever dream house design you can come up with.

To put a lot on hold, please contact us. We do not require a financial deposit, but do require all the information needed to prepare a draft purchase agreement (your name or company name, the corresponding civic address, phone, email). Holds are valid for 4 weeks. Since there is no financial deposit, a hold can be challenged at any time. This means that someone that is prepared to purchase the lot can execute a purchase agreement, which will trigger a 48-hour first right of refusal for the individual that has the lot on hold to do the same. If the individual with the hold does not purchase within that 48-hour window, the lot is sold to the individual challenging the lot hold.

Yes. To challenge a hold, you must execute a purchase agreement on that lot and provide a 15% deposit cheque. At that point we will give the individual with the existing hold 48 hours notice to either provide us with a 15% deposit cheque and enter into a Purchase Agreement or lose the hold. Once you challenge a hold, if the original party does not exercise their first right of refusal, your Agreement and deposit will become a binding sale.

BUILDING YOUR HOME

When purchasing a lot, it is important to first recognize the approved zoning of that lot, and then read the corresponding requirements in Strathcona County’s Land Use Bylaw. In addition to those requirements, our subdivisions have architectural controls that outline the requirements for house size, exterior treatments, choices available for private fencing, and allowable front/side landscaping. These architectural controls can be found on the corresponding Ardrossan Estates, Village, and Heights Stage 3, Stage 4, and Stage 5 pages.

The purchase agreements specifies that building must commence one year from the purchase. If a purchaser continues to maintain their lot from weeds, garbage, and other dumping, we are fine extending that timeframe until the purchaser is ready to build. However, we intentionally keep that clause in our purchase agreement as a means to take legal action if someone is not building on their lot and also not maintaining it. In a situation such as that, we will use the proceeds of your deposit to clean up your lot for you, and then proceed with further legal action once those funds are “used up”

The architectural controls specify that front landscaping must be completed by the year after your house is completed. If there is a reason that a person cannot complete their landscaping within that timeline but is still maintaining the front of their lot to be tidy, we have no problem extending that timeframe another year. Backyard landscaping is not a requirement and therefore there is no time frame where you must complete your backyard landscaping.

Please note that we can only return a deposit to the party that paid it to us, meaning the purchaser of the lot. If you are a homeowner that purchased from a builder, you must contact them to let them know that you have completed landscaping, and they must coordinate the return of the balance of their deposit directly with us.

The deposit covers three requirements: any infrastructure damaged during the construction process, building to the approved plans, and completion of the front/side landscaping.

Front landscaping must be completed as per the requirements in the architectural controls. Once complete, the lot owner is to fill out the Landscaping Inspection Request Form that was part of their purchase agreement, which will trigger an inspection.

As soon as a lot is purchased, the purchaser is responsible for ALL 3rd party damage adjacent to their lot, not just activity that is proven to be caused by construction activity on their house. After 2 years of warranty, Strathcona County completes an inspection and determines what deficiencies need to be repaired before they assume responsibility for that infrastructure. Once we complete these repairs, lot owners are invoiced for any costs associated with their lot. If that invoice is not paid, it is deducted from the deposit.

Even if the landscaping is completed and approved, no deposits can be refunded until Strathcona County has assumed ownership of ALL infrastructure within the stage. This is typically 3-4 years after construction. The reason for their “delay” is because once a deposit is returned, there is no way for the developer to pursue repayment for damages that are later identified by Strathcona County.

DEVELOPMENT & TIMING

Heights & Estates are branding terms to differentiate the housing product types within sections of Ardrossan. Estates is the area located North of Main Street that exclusively features large single family lots, utilizing the R1A and RE zonings. Heights is the area South and East of Main Street that features large (R1B) and small (R1C) single family lots, as well as duplex (R2A) lots. Both areas and seamlessly integrated into the Ardrossan neighborhood, but help identify where certain product types are, and what future adjacent stages may feature.

Ardrossan Village is a one-off project by Summit View Homes. It is a 28 lot enclave within Ardrossan that features free-hold duplex lots. However, unlike most lots, there is a Homeowners Association that covers onsite snow & lawn maintenance, and an age restriction covenant that requires occupants to be above the age of 55. Once the 28 lots are sold, there will be no future lots added. Given the early success of Ardrossan Village, it is safe to assume there may be a similar enclave in the Ardrossan Expansion Area, but at this time we can offer no details or timing on that, so purchase in Ardrossan Village while you can!

There is currently one active show home in Ardrossan, the show home for Ardrossan Village (operated by Summit View Homes) located at 1 Horton Way.

There are future show homes planned for construction by Cona Homes, Coventry Homes, Edgeview Homes, & Summit View Homes. The website will be updated with that information when they are completed and open.

Development, and the rate of development, is driven by market conditions. It is impossible to accurately predict the timing and size of future stages because it is often a 2 year process to prepare a new stage for construction, and in that time market conditions can fluctuate greatly.

All questions about timing should be directed to the development manager. Do not rely on information from 3rd party individuals about the details of future development.

In addition to approved zoning & subdivision plans, the best resource to see what future development may look like is the Area Structure Plan.

There is a significant piece of land along HWY 824 designated for commercial in the Area Structure Plan. As we do not own this land, we cannot comment on the timing of its development, but with the massive increase in residential development we anticipate that commercial development is becoming a viable and attractive option and we hope to see even more great amenities in the area soon.

Currently our application to expand the hamlet of Ardrossan by 2 sections is being reviewed by Strathcona County. In the approved 2017 MDP Update, Ardrossan is identified as a Growth Hamlet with a potential to expand up to 6000 residents. We hope the approval of our application will bring even more housing possibilities and amenities to the community of Ardrossan, but cannot confirm any timing at this point.

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