Want to a see a classic example of neighborhood activism? Look no farther than the Eagle Villas neighborhood in Gleneagle.
Owners of the 28 Eagle Villas homes are doing everything possible to defeat a proposal by Gleneagle Golf Course to rezone its 10-acre driving range to allow construction of 47 patio homes.
Here are a couple maps of the neighborhood:
When word of the project first surfaced last year, Eagle Villas residents decided diplomacy was the best approach.
When that failed to dissuade the golf course, Eagle Villas launched a political action group to oppose the project. It has drawn in about 200 area residents with an e-mail campaign, raised money, consulted an attorney and built a computer slide presentation.
It is rallying folks with newsletters that detail all the scary possibilities, suggesting that conversion of the driving range is the first step toward transforming the entire 130-acre golf course into a big housing development. The tactic is designed to make it a more global fight, drawing in everyone who lives around the course, not just Eagle Villas.
Already, the neighborhood has won concessions from the golf course to protect Eagle Villas views of the mountains. And the owner flew out from San Diego to meet with them.
The El Paso County development services experts are working on the project and awaiting a response from the golf course to a recent round of comments from various agencies and the public. The next step is a hearing before the Planning Commission, likely in the next few months.
Here is map of the project:
And you can read one of the neighborhood newsletters, the Aquila, as well as a “call to arms” letter.