Barton Tuck, the current owner of the Killearn Country Club, has filed a request with the City of Tallahassee’s Planning Commission to change the zoning of land located on what was known as the North Course. The North Course was recently closed.
The requested amendment changes the zoning designation of five areas of the Killearn Golf and Country Club from Recreation/Open Space to Urban Residential and Residential.
The Urban residential designation allows for single-family houses, townhomes, and multifamily dwellings at a maximum density of 10 units per acre. This area is shown in the map below as Site E and is best described as what was formerly known as the North Course holes 7, 8, & 9 and the current driving range.
The Residential Preservation designation allows for single-family houses, townhomes, and duplexes at a maximum density of 6 unites per acre. This area is shown in the map below as sites A, B, C, and D. The areas area best described as what was formerly known as North Course # 1 green, #2 tee box, #3 green, and #4 tee box. holes 7, 8, & 9 and the current driving range.
The rezoning impacts approximately 41 acres.
The rezoning application is the next step in the continuing controversy over the proposed redevelopment of the Killearn Country Club that began with legal actions by homeowners that resided on the North Course after the club owner announced his intentions.
The notices of the requested rezoning amendment, which were sent to homes located within approximately 1,000 feet of the subject property, indicate that the first informational meeting will take place on Thursday November 17th at 5:30 pm at the Renaissance Center located at 435 North Macomb Street.
The rezoning amendment raises several questions.
First, does the proposed zoning for Site E allow for apartments and/or the assisted living uses that were recently being considered by the property owner? Our story on that subject can be read here.
Second, will the main entrance to the club from Shamrock remain open?
And third, will the change in the zoning be contingent on specific improvements to the Killearn Country Club property? The notice states the applicant “is requesting this amendment to help finance improvements to Killearn Golf and Country Club.”