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Posted on March 11, 2017
As we have previously reported, the Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Commission voted 3-2 to deny the rezoning application submitted by Barton Tuck, the owner of the Killearn Golf and Country Club.
The rezoning proposal has been a source of controversy and has faced several court challenges, some of which remain unresolved.
TR has published a number or articles providing different perspectives on the issue.
Now that the Planning Commission has made their recommendation, the decision moves to the City Commission.
TR has attended a number meetings and talked to people on all sides of the issue. What would a compromise solution look like? To get the answer, you must understand the competing positions.
First, Tuck claims that the economy has made it impossible to save the club without selling the “North Nine” land for monies to re-invest in the club. This number needed seems to be approximately $3 million.
Mr. Tuck has solidified his position by threatening to close the club if the rezoning is not approved. Based on discussions, this threat has been effective and is a concern for the Killearn Homeowners Association and government officials.
Those who will suffer the most with the rezoning are the homeowners on the “North Nine.”
There position is they bought homes on a golf course and Tuck should not be able to improve an investment at a cost to them just because he has grossly mismanaged the golf course.
From a planning perspective, the rezoning appears not to be consistent with the comprehensive plan. However, the issue now becomes political and elected officials will seek a compromise.
What are some possible solutions?
Tuck claims he needs approximately $3 million to improve the club. What if he could get the money without developing the land?
One solution would be to charge an assessment on the group that would benefit the most from the upgrade -club members.
A $40 a month assessment on 300 members for 20 years could secure approximately $1.5 million.
All homeowners in Killearn Estates (approximately, 3,700) would benefit from an improved golf course. A $20 annual assessment on homes in Killearn Estates over 20 years would generate another $1.5 million.
Has this approach been considered?
People tell TR that Tuck does not want to talk about any options other than the rezoning and the development of the “North Nine.”