Proposed golf club plan sparks debate - Albuquerque Journal

Proposed golf club plan sparks debate

Representatives of Pulte Homes never intended for their Wednesday night forum to be a “Q and A,” but residents who are concerned about the homebuilder’s plans to construct 180 homes on the north nine holes of Club Rio Rancho wouldn’t take “no questions” for an answer.

The homebuilder, one of the nation’s largest, announced in May that it plans to build 180 “upscale” homes in the 67-acre open space. The site has been dormant for the past three years after a former owner closed it due to water and cost concerns.

That announcement angered many nearby homeowners who paid extra money and designed their homes with the open space of the golf course in mind. Several said they now face the prospect of having their large windows open up to a view of someone else’s backyard.

They attended the meeting Wednesday night at the golf course and refused to confine their concerns to input cards the company handed out.

“Start over!” shouted one resident, Bob Byers, from the back of the meeting room. “Go back to the drawing board and start over!”

Another resident, Janine Sjostron, challenged the company representatives to give her one reason that the new development would be good for current residents. They struggled to answer.

“I don’t want to look at other people’s backyards that are not landscaped for multiple years,” she said. “… You know what you’re giving us? A bunch of damn houses.”

The company is still in escrow on the site, which still belongs to golf course owner Jhett Browne. Company representative Kevin Patton told dozens of audience members that the company was seeking input first and the next step would be to go before the Rio Rancho zoning board.

Company vice president for land, Garret Price, tried to assure the neighbors that his company has a good reputation for working with the community and that the development will not exceed the home density of nearby neighborhoods. He fielded passionate questions from neighbors for more than an hour about water, traffic, home values and other topics.

At one point, he tried to end the meeting when a news camera arrived, citing “company policy,” and later responded to an angry shout from the audience by saying the meeting “wasn’t productive.”

Price also said that the city has no interest in buying the property and reminded the neighbors that the “North 9” would still be a golf course if it weren’t for a former owner who “didn’t manage it very well.”

“I empathize. You bought a home … and paid a lot of extra money,” Price said. “… Who knew? Who knew? We all wanted this course … to be successful.”

The planned development is being marketed to Baby Boomers and empty nesters, who he said, according to market research, want safe, compact homes near walking trails.

Price said he appreciated one neighbor’s suggestion that the company develop a website to keep neighbors updated and to compile all of their concerns. Attendees were asked to rank their top three concerns on cards the company provided.

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