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Posted on March 19, 2017
On April 4th the City of Tallahassee will be voting on the rezoning application submitted by the owner of the Killearn Country Club. The controversial application cites the struggling golf course industry as support for the request that would allow for residential development on a portion of the golf course.
It looks as though other communities are dealing with the same issue.
Tallahassee Reports has learned that the Collier County commission voted last week to implement new rules when it comes to converting golf courses to residential developments. Collier County is home to Naples, Florida.
Among the changes is a requirement for developers to put up a greenway that is between 75 and 100 feet wide around the perimeter of the property before they can begin tearing out fairways to put up houses.
Developers would also have to offer the golf course for sale to neighborhood associations and/or the county to keep operating it as a golf course.
In addition, developers would be required to put a minimum of 35 percent of the land under a conversion project dedicated as a greenway with an average minimum width of 100 feet along the perimeter of the course. The developer would be asked to include amenities, such as walking paths, for neighbors on green spaces.
The rules would only apply to the unincorporated county and wouldn’t affect courses in Naples.
The Killearn Country Club owner has committed to converting at least five of the “North Nine” holes -which has been closed – to a conservation easement.
However, the rezoning application under consideration, which calls for a density of 10 units/acre, does not specify development parameters for items such as buffers.
Also, the Killearn Country Club owner did offer the course for purchase to country club members. The members voted not to pursue a purchase. However, the process, ultimately accepted by the courts, was challenged by a group of residents.