Residents of the Eagle Villas neighborhood were shocked when they learned in the winter of 2007 that San Diego attorney Miles Scully, owner of the Gleneagle Golf Course, wanted to close his 10.5-acre driving range.
Here’s a look at Gleneagle from www.FlashEarth.com:
Scully wanted to build 47 patio homes on the property. Right in front of Eagle Villas and the folks who paid a premium to front a golf course. They organized a massive neighborhood effort, including an online newsletter, to oppose the project.
The subsequent fight has been the subject of several Side Streets.
Here is a closer look at the driving range and Eagle Villas neighborhood:
Anyway, the El Paso County Commission took up the issue at it’s July 9 meeting and after several hours of testimony and debate voted 3-2 to approve Scully’s rezoning request which would allow him to build the patio homes.
You can listen to a recording of the hearing. Better carve out about three hours, though.
But neighbors are celebrating. They had feared a complete smackdown from the commission. They worried that “property rights” would trump the concerns of neighbors whose property values stand to suffer if the entire golf course eventually is redeveloped into high-density homes as has been suggested by Scully.
The commission gave Scully about a year to come back with a plan to protect the remainder of the 103-acre course from future redevelopment.