Nearly 20 years ago, the owners of the Adobe and Links golf courses tried to change the character of our historic neighborhood. They wanted to redevelop the golf course into homes. After our neighborhood fought back, a compromise was reached. The owners of the golf course were allowed to develop 2 Biltmore and 8 Biltmore.
But in exchange, the golf course owners and the City of Phoenix agreed that the remainder of the course would always remain a golf course. In fact, the City was so worried about protecting the historic and residential character of our neighborhood that it applied a highly-restrictive zoning designation and set of CC&Rs - intended to protect in perpetuity the two historic golf courses and limit their use to what was always intended: Golf.
Now, a new owner - JDM Partners - proposes to tear up this agreement. JDM has already disturbed the peace of this quiet neighborhood with increasingly aggressive commercial activity at the Biltmore Golf Club - including loud music late into the night, multi-day drone light shows, tournament after tournament, and parking that overflows into our streets, blocking our homes.
A few months ago, we learned that JDM had submitted plans to the City of Phoenix to completely change the golf course. In addition to a new restaurant and golf cart storage building, JDM is asking the City for permission to build a 6,000 sq. ft. "Event Pavilion" with space for conferences, meetings, weddings, events and a large patio with an outdoor bar.
While we support investment in our neighborhood and want to see these historic golf courses thrive, we cannot allow JDM to build their new party pavilion with complete disregard for our neighbors. Their current design puts their pavilion, patio and parking just feet from the front patios of our neighbors, forever changing the character of our neighborhood.
20 years ago, our neighborhood fought to protect the character of the community we have invested our hearts in. Today, we must do it again.
Conceptual Site Plan
If JDM wants to expand the golf course beyond golf, they must apply for a special permit with the City of Phoenix.
The special permit process gives our neighborhood an opportunity to provide input. It will allow us to see the plans and learn about construction before the plans are approved.
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