ECC is not alone in resisting the attack on open space.
"On Friday, November 6, 2015, the Fairfax County Circuit Court granted the motion for summary judgment filed by Fairfax County. As a result of this decision, RN Golf, the owner of the golf course, would have to file a formal plan with the county in order to pursue any proposed redevelopment of the golf course. RN Golf had based its case on a letter from the county zoning administrator which the court in effect found was merely an advisory opinion and was not appealable. In light of its ruling, the court vacated the decision of the Board of Zoning Appeals from earlier this year and dismissed other motions of the various parties as moot."
Neighbors of the Reston National Golf Course in Virginia are standing up to fight....
"Connie Hartke, President of Rescue Reston, a group comprised of citizen volunteers who oppose any re-development of the golf course said “We are pleased with the court’s ruling which requires that RN Golf must go through a formal plan process before it can re-develop the golf course. However, while we have won this round, the fight is not over and RN Golf still has other options available to it including appealing today’s ruling or attempting to amend the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan. We must remain prepared to continue the fight so long as RN Golf remains committed to its attempts to destroy our community’s valuable open space.”
We have brothers and sisters all over the country fighting to stop wealthy developers from exploiting their neighborhoods for enormous profits by rezoning golf course property for massive housing tracts.
New homes can rise on the closed Mizner Trail Golf Course near Boca Raton, Palm Beach County commissioners decided Thursday, after years of developers and residents fighting over what to do with the land.
The final say, however, may come from the courts. The commission's decision to allow 252 homes is expected to spawn a legal fight over the future of the old golf course that snakes through the Boca Del Mar neighborhood.
The golf course owners have been pushing to allow development on the land since the course closed in 2005.
But through the years, a large contingent of nearby residents has been trying to protect the open spaces and golf course views they thought would always remain.
Neighborhood groups opposed to building on the golf course have said they would go to court to stop development.
"We will not go quietly. We will fight for what's ours," Boca Del Mar resident William Vale said.
"It's never going to be a golf course again," Valeche said. "I think this is the best use for it."
Building plans proposed by Compson Mizner Trail Inc. call for building 252 homes on the 130-acre golf course. That is 36 fewer homes than when commissioners in March delayed a decision on the proposal.The 252 homes would include 115 zero-lot-line houses, 45 townhomes and 92 condominiums or apartments.
Boca Del Mar residents who oppose building plans contend that the golf course that meanders through their community was always intended to remain a golf course — not become a new neighborhood that brings more traffic, lights, noise and other intrusions.
While the developers and many Boca Del Mar residents continue to differ about what to do with the closed golf course, other building plans are being considered for other Palm Beach County golf courses.The County Commission last year approved building 689 homes and an assisted-living facility on a closed golf course beside Century Village, north of Okeechobee Boulevard and west of West Palm Beach. That approval is being challenged in court.
Also, representatives for Boca Dunes Golf and Country Club and Boca Greens Country Club have had preliminary talks with the county about building homes on golf course land.
"No one is going to want to buy [a home] on a golf course, because here today, gone tomorrow," said Betty Holland, who lives near the old Mizner Trail golf course.
By Andy Reid, Sun Sentinel June 26, 2014
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