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Controversial Fairways at Turtle Creek vote postponed again

After numerous revised plans, opposition petitions, Planning & Zoning debates, and dozens of citizen comments at many council meetings over the past two years, the vote about Bill No. 7177.1 to approve a high-density rental development named Fairways at Turtle Creek was laid over a second time, based on a request by one of the bill’s sponsors, Ward 4 council member Jeff Kuehn.

No reason was given for the postponement. However, due to the public’s lack of in-person access, citizen comments were accepted via email prior to the meeting, then distributed to the council members and mayor. Five emails opposed the bill, with two of those also objecting to the vote taking place without the public present in person. Three emails were in favor of the bill.

Bill No. 7177 had been on the agenda at the previous council meeting on March 26 and was laid over then. Subsequently, the bill had been revised into 7177.1 in order to include specific items to address nearby resident concerns and objections. 

The revised bill includes stipulations that all dwelling units would have a two-car garage; a stone façade would be added to the front elevation of each dwelling. In addition, there were separate documents and agreements to clarify key items for the development, including commitments for how trash collection would be handled, and a commitment for the commercial area of the property to have a 2,600-square-foot clubhouse and a pool for resident use. 

The Falls Golf Club is the site of the proposed Fairways at Turtle Creek rental development. [John Tremmel photo]

Current zoning for the overall property allows this development, so no rezoning would be needed.

The development would be on the south side of Mexico Road, currently the site of a golf driving range, mini-golf course, and batting cages.

The residential area would include 128 rental units across 14.65 acres, for a density of 8.74 units per acre. The units would be a mixture of attached and detached single-family homes. A private drive aisle with full access to Mexico Road would be included, along with private alleys marked for one-way and two-way traffic within the development.   Amenities would include a Pet Park, Tot Lots, a bocce ball court and fire pits.

The existing mini-golf course would remain, but the existing batting cages would be removed. The remaining non-residential 9.04 acres would be left for the mini-golf course, the clubhouse, and pool.  There still would be some amount of land left in the commercially zoned portion for future retail and/or other commercial use; it is not clear from the area plan how much, and at this point there are no specific plans for this remaining area.  

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